Monday, April 22, 2013

Week 1 Food Challenge

One of the things I like about posting training, eating and racing is that it keeps you honest. It's a time to reflect on past and present even if it's just my parents and a few friends reading.

In being honest, week 1 of the food was... well... falling off the wagon. Being navigator in an ultra van for a Ragnar Relay with zero sleep (I think I closed my eyes for 20 minutes on Friday night but never was actually asleep) lead to the wheels coming off the wagon on whole food. 

The low point was a cake pop at 5:30am from a Starbucks. 

It was so good though. Wow. I see why the rest of America is obese. Once the brain had no sleep and the shakes started with a ton of decision fatigue, I lost utter control. My blood sugar the next four hours fell victim.

Nine hours of sleep was all I managed on Saturday night, eleven last evening. Even Monday wasn't the best day for the whole food thing. Trying to finish off checking up on sleep and returning to normal. 

Ragnar was fun as always though so maybe, just maybe the cake pop was worth it. I got to run twice and the second time was through Mission Bay. It was at noon on Saturday after no sleep but I was grateful to have a job that allows me to be with fun people and run in the sun of San Diego.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Six Week Food Challenge

Those that know me know I eat a healthy diet, especially when considered against the diet of most Americans. 

I want a challenge though. One that helps my body beyond athletics. My swim, bike, run training has been going well enough, there are no huge race plans this year so I want to challenge myself in other ways beyond work and athletics.

For six weeks I'm going to eat nothing but whole foods, nothing processed. Really, I don't eat a ton of processed food anyway. I already eat gluten free 99% of the time. I feel better and its an easy way to guide me to make the right choices.

For the next six weeks though, I want to step it up a notch and make a huge effort to eat all whole foods. No gluten free pizza, no splenda in coffee, no corn tortillas, no sneaking some of Jamie's ice cream at night. 

Real. Food.

From now until May 25 let's see how I do.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Carlsbad 5000

Ran in the Carlsbad 5000 this morning. It's a very well put on event with a huge professional prize purse, especially for a local 5k. 

It was the first time I have done a race this short since July 4th, 2011. I ran about at least a minute slower than I would have liked but not everyday is fast. 

I was reminded of one thing though; redlining for twenty minutes crushes blood sugars. 

This race had a late start, 11:38 for my age group. A normal breakfast, at a normal wake up time. Woke up about 190, kept it right there until I warmed up for the race at 10:45 when I had 35gram bar. Spiked it to 245, which I thought warming up would drop but it didn't. Nerves were hitting, race was delayed because of the Amtrak (it's an odd race that is timed to the train), started. 

Happy with an even pace throughout the race. Very heavy legs during the last miles but kept pace. Here is the race file. Finished with about a 20:45 (competitor hasn't updated website). 

After finding Jamie, took my blood sugar, 355. 6 units insulin. 455 with zero food about an hour later. Ouch. Time for an injection prior to the next 5k.

From the professional race
In the next few months
Official race result, full minute slower than my PR.