It amazing how getting back to basics can not only improve performance, but open your eyes to some BAD habits.
As many of you know, between now and Christmas – it’s all about strength. So yes, plenty of hills and a few weight training sessions this week (and oodles and oodles of patience).
Overall, I got in more riding this week than in the past. (Super happy about that!!) My week started of slow… but quickly picked up steam. Of course, the weekend was grand. I stayed in town, which meant a fun Friday ride with EJ, a long solo Saturday ride and Sunday shake-out of the legs.
What was REALLY eye-opening was my diet. As I’m trying to lose a few pounds, I thought it might be good just to log and keep track of my diet. Since this is the first time in my life that I’ve had a muffin top – and I’ve always been able to eat as I like – I thought this might be a good first step.
Well – I don’t know how to say this nicely – my diet sucks. Now, I do realize that I could plice and dice my nutrition in many more accurate ways, but I’m lazy – and this is a good first step. All that formal education in sports medicine and exercise physiology… poof… apparently doesn’t apply to me. My diet is super high in fat… as in 30-45% of my calories.
Yeah – that’s pretty bad… really, in big broad strokes, it should be ~20% (especially if I want to lose some of my blubber).
Lesson #2… I’m not eating enough carbs to fuel me.
Thursday’s commute SUCKED. All the hills felt like Mt Everest. My legs were dead. I huffed and puffed. I blamed it on the previous day’s letting session. Nope – after looking at ONE day’s food log – I knew it… only ~100gram of carbs (oh, don’t worry – I got plenty of fat in)… so that’s why I was sluggish.
I consider that a good week. Decent riding and lessons learned.
I’ll continue to monitor my diet and still do my best at the workouts. This coming week will be tough – as I’ll be working (and playing) in Florida…
- Monday: MTB – Night ride – 45′
- Tuesday: Laziness
- Wednesday: Weights
- Thursday: Road commute – 1:18′
- Friday: MTB – Night ride – 43′
- Saturday: MTB – 2:15′
- Sunday: MTB – 57′ + 4 mi hike