Eight days after my Ironman “Aqua-bike”, I jumped on my scale. I basically had eight days off from being an athlete. Subconsciously, I was figuring “what the heck”? I don’t have any more races on the horizon until my Achilles is sound. Needless to say, I enjoyed lots of food and drink post Ironman-Whistler, in Vancouver, on Vancouver Island, and in the front of the plane on our Alaska Airlines flight home. I seriously indulged for a week. For a chef and a foodie, disregarding the “good athlete food rules” is awesome. Awesome for a window of time, that is. I ate noodles for days on end, drank beers at the hotel, had sweets for breakfast, pizza at 1:00 a.m, coffee drinks at all times of the day and one too many naughty cocktails. Today I feel like the dumb dog who hit the trashcan. Hard. We did do a lot of walking and cruised Stanley Park on a bike (a rockin’ 9 miles plus lunch over 3 hours), but that was the extent of my “working out” last week.
I figure that September is going to be my off-season. I’m hanging up the bike for another 2 weeks in hopes that doing so speeds up the healing. I’m planning on foam rolling, swimming, Core 40 and Hot Yoga taking the place of the usual three disciplines. While others are prepping for Vegas and Kona, most of my mileage is going to be in foam rolling, lacrosse ball rolling, A.R.T. and self massage.
I weighed myself this morning. Holy S*&%, am I the only short triathlete who can gain 9 pounds in just over a week after Ironman? Yesterday, I read Matt Fitzgerald’s “Racing Weight”. There are some good things to take away from that book. I am going to loosely apply his principles until I can slither back into my skinny jeans-LOL. While it is obvious that I don’t need to be at “Racing Weight” right now, I am planning on some early season races so I need to stay within a FEW (not A LOT) pounds of my optimal race weight.
Here’s kinda what I’m thinking
- Alcohol: Wine only. And only on weekends
- Daily Food Cornerstones: 2 fresh pressed juices (one green); 1-2 large salads; dinner is greens and vegetables plus protein (most likely Tempeh); 1 Baked Sweet Potato; Go Vegan! Go Greens!
- Coffee: Only one Cup a day or sub in Green Tea
- Limiting/Eliminating: Energy Bars (only to be consumed if two hours of workouts happen. Foam rolling not included), Baked Goods, Chips, Popcorn, Beer and Noodles. And Oil. Relying on unprocessed fats such as Coconut, Seeds, Nuts and Avocado instead of olive or coconut oil
Day One Recap
- Core 40 (a.k.a. Pilates on Steroids) 40 minutes at 9:30-10:10 a.m.
- 6:00 a.m. 1 pear
- 6:30 a.m. 1 medium coffee with steamed soy milk
- 7:30 a.m. 1 medium Baked Sweet Potato topped with 1 Tbsp Hemp Seeds, 1 Tbsp Nutritional Yeast, ½ Cup Chickpeas
- 9:00 a.m. 1 banana
- 10:30 a.m. 16 ounces Grapefruit/Beet/Cucumber/Spinach/Coconut Juice; 1 quarter of a package of Tempeh
- 12:00 p.m. Large Kale Salad with 1 bunch Kale, stems removed and leaves cut into ribbons; Cabbage, Carrots, 1 Tbsp Hemp Seeds, ½ Cup Chickpeas, 2 Tbsp Hummus, Seaweed Flakes, 1 Tbsp Nutritional Yeast, 1 Tbsp Pumpkin Seeds/Brazil Nuts, 1 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar
- 12:20 p.m. ½ Melinda’s Maca Chocolate Ball (45 Calories); 2 Cups Green Tea with 1 Tbsp Soy Creamer
- 3:00 p.m. 1 handful Chia/Almond Trail Mix; 8 ounce Green Juice
- 5:45 p.m. Salad of 3 Tomatoes, 1/4 Avocado, Splash of Balsamic, 1 tsp Raw Garlic, 1 Zucchini sliced into noodles, Basil, 1/2 Cucumber; 1/2 ounce Dark Chocolate
The numbers at the beginning of the day were huge (dot. dot. dot…..carry the “1”. Damn, that’s some higher math). Can’t wait to see where they are by the end of the week.