Friday-1:09 bike (17.6 miles)
Saturday-1hr run (6.1 miles)
Sunday-5:10 bike (85 miles)
I may not be posting everyday but I am still training everyday. The biking is going well and my swim is coming back but the run is still sucking. It is so frustrating to be able to hammer out 80, 100 mile rides pain free but not be able to run 6 miles.
It will get better. I'll will be patient.
One day at a time.
At least I can still ride my bike. The mornings are so nice right now. I hate that its dark when the alarm goes off but I love when my garage door opens and a nice cool breeze blows across my face.
Remember awhile back when I told you about a few things I was diggin at the moment? Well, I still love the Honey Stinger chews and waffles but I added a few other foods to grub while I'm on the bike for 1,000 hours.
Introducing boiled potatoes and dill pickles!
Now, now I heard you cringe through the computer. Believe me when I say, "It's awesome!"
When it comes to food, have I ever steered you wrong?
Listen, when you have to be out there training for hours and hours a day you can only take so much sweet stuff, and this coming from a sugar coated athlete.
Unfortunately everything they make for sports nutrition tastes sweet. From Stinger waffles and Shot Bloks to gels and sports drinks, it's all sweet.
After awhile I found myself not wanting to eat on the long rides. That is definitely not gonna work for Ironman. You need to keep putting in fuel while you are on your bike because it is the easiest time to do it.
You don't see too many athletes running while trying to eat a Pb&J now do you?
Pb&J on the bike? Easy eats.
You NEED to take in quite a few calories to make it to the end of an Ironman so not eating is not an option.
I had to find something else to eat to break up all the sweet stuff.
Boiled potatoes fits the bill. They are easy to eat, not too crazy on the stomach and sprinkled with a little sea salt they taste great!
One boiled potato=250 calories, BOOM!
The pickle eating just happened one day. Stephanie was cramping and we were desperate. In walks a pickle and ... wait that sounds like a bad joke.
We decided to try a pickle at the gas station. Pickle=salt which reportedly helps with cramping. It was worth a shot.
I was sure she was gonna have to gag it down but one sip and she was hooked.
So of course I had to try. I LOVE all things dill but I never thought about eating anything with dill WHILE working out.
Before and after? Yes, always yes! During? Umm, you go first.
I gave it sip(the pickle juice) and BAM! True love. It is sooo good. The perfect salty sour break from all the sweets.
On the ride on Sunday all I could think about was stopping for a pickle.
Pedal, pedal, pickles, pedal, pedal, PICKLES!
I will be doing my Ironman on the pregnant ladies diet: sweets, potatoes, peanut butter and pickles.
Clearly a winning combination.