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I’m Hungry

and tired. Did I mention that I am hungry?

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Swim – 2:15:00 (p) – 2:15:00 (a) – 6500m
Bike – 4:30:00 (p) – 4:28:29 (a) – 150.03km
Run – 2:30:00 (p) – 2:34:18 (a) – 31.02km

Total – 9:15:00 (p) – 9:17:47 (a)

Great numbers this week. I was able to hit all of my planned intervals and even survived a 2:30 EM on the trainer. I had planned on a great route for Saturday morning, but mother nature had other plans.

Ah, spring in Calgary.

Saturday’s ride called for Power Intervals, the workout looked like this:

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Each PI was at 310W and each recovery at 180W. Let me tell you, that second hour went by pretty fast though it was hard to keep my legs turning for the last 30.

With my volume ramping up over the past couple of weeks, I am noticing that I am hungry; all of the time. Most of my workouts are scheduled for early morning; I am usually out of bed by 0500 and on the bike or run by 0530 or in the pool by 0600. This doesn’t give me much time to eat prior.

When my workout was 60 minutes long I had no issues; I could finish strong and eat my recovery meal (eggs and sweet potato) before I hit the showers without my stomach giving me grief. Now that I rarely have a single workout, brick sessions anyone, I am looking for some workout energy that has some protein included. I reckon if I can figure this one out, then Ironman Calgary should be a breeze.

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The Giro d’Italia starts tomorrow, oddly enough in Belfast. The first of the three grand tours kicks off with my favorite kind of stage, the Team Time Trial. As a triathlete I love the TT and the pain associated with it. I reckon no one can get on a TT bike and pedal anything less than 100%; I know I can’t.

This years’ race will be pretty awesome as some of the big names have decided to forgo the Giro in favor for the Tour de France. With Nibali, Froome, and Contador all missing, the race is open for many contenders. My hopes lie with Hesjedal from Garmin-Sharp; a fellow Canadian and winner of the 2012 edition he has to be my favorite. Along side Dan Martin, who had a great spring season, I wonder how much damage Garmin could do.

Question: How do you increase your calorie intake during training?

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Whole 30 – Day 9

Maybe a little random to recap on day 9, but I figured it was about time to write something.

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Like I mentioned in Recap – Week 35 I decided to start my first Whole 30 challenge a couple of days early.  Feeling like crap after eating supper is a pretty good motivator. Yes, ‘crap’ is a technical term.

Wouldn’t you know it, things have been going pretty good so far. I haven’t had too many major cravings yet, but I have thought a couple of times “who cares, you can start it again later” or “just don’t tell anyone and you will be fine”. Alas, the Rice Crispy square will stay on the shelf until, well, forever.

With no pre-planning of my own, I ended up fasting thru lunch on Monday. We visited my mother-in-law who is a strict vegetarian, so I knew that there wouldn’t be much in the house for me to chomp on while we were there. She made me a cup of tea, Milk Oolong to be specific, and I hung around talking dogs and house renovations. We got home at around 3 in the afternoon, and I wasn’t really hungry, so I waited until supper.

For most people, I think lunches can be difficult, especially if you eat at the office. I have the same issue, so each Sunday afternoon I grill two proteins and portion them out for the week; 10 dishes in total. I keep four in the fridge for Monday and Tuesday and freeze the rest for the remainder of the week. I also and boil a dozen eggs and cook some sweet potato for workout recovery. It can be some work and planning on Sunday, but man does it ever make things simple the rest of the week.

This week on the menu:

Breakfast – Pork Roast (slow cooked on the grill), steamed Broccoli, and a handful of Olives.
Lunch – Sexy Time Steak (from Four Hour Chef), Salad, and a whole Avacado.
Workout Recovery – Boiled Eggs (2) and a Banana.

I snacked pretty decent as well. I usually just grab something in the house, typically a piece of fruit, nuts, or some left overs.

A huge positive with the Whole 30 thing; I don’t feel panic stricken when my meal is a little late, or in the case on Monday, completely missing. Little each day I am finding more control over my appetite and really not missing much in the way of sweets. I have been probably over indulging on the dried apricots over the last couple of days, but after swim club as any swimmer can attest to, the hunger won’t go away. I’m working on it.

One negative, and I am not sure if this is related, but I woke up last night with a nasty stomach ache. Not a stomach ache from hunger, but a sharp pain from my belly button up toward my chest. I got out of bed, took a little walk around the house to see if I was cramping; nothing. So I ended up falling back asleep about 20 minutes later and when I woke up, the pain was gone. I am glad it was, but I will keep close attention to how I feel over the next couple of days. Hopefully just a freak occurrence.

Question: How do you tackle lunches during the week?


Whole 30 – Day 26

So here we are, less than a week from the end.

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I am happy to report that I am really starting to enjoy this. I am still missing certain things, specifically cream in my coffee. I really like adding coconut milk, and if I had the choice, I would never use coffee cream again. But when I show up a the Starbucks with my own coconut milk can, they look at me like I am crazy.

I am also missing a good way to get more food into my system. With my training load, I am hungry a lot. Now I can only add so many additional chicken thighs before my body doesn’t want to eat any more. I think on swim days, the days I am the most hungry, I am gonna try bringing an additional meal, and chowing on that mid morning.

Other than that, I am still feeling great. I commuted on my bike this morning to the office, a total of 17.5km one way. Now that distance is pretty easy for me, but the fact I could eat breakfast, bike in, and feel full until lunch was awesome. Not too mention that my stomach didn’t give me any issues. With a standard breakfast, say pancakes, I wouldn’t have been able to say the same thing.

I had to up the amount of food for breakfast and lunch due to the hunger last week. It seems to have done the trick so far, but we will see how tomorrow goes after swimming. I am always starving after laps.

On the menu this week
Breakfast – Burgers with green beans, sweet potato, and a handful of coconut flakes
Lunch – Chick Thighs with salad, roasted beets, avocado, and olives
Post Workout – Burger with sweet potato

My next recap will be Day 30 and the official end of the challenge. Thoughts are swirling in my head of what I want to eat once I am officially finished. Should it be a cookie, muffin, bowl of ice cream, chocolate covered almonds, rice crispy square, or pancakes? I feel this is a tough decision as I don’t want to waste the opportunity as I am sure I won’t have more than one before I revert back to my Whole 30 ways.

Maybe I will just see where the day takes me.

I am going to hit the scale on Saturday morning to see my progress. As I started this 3 days early, I didn’t weight myself before, so I will have to guess on my progress. I don’t feel much lighter, but I am convinced that I have traded in some body fat for muscle. I can visually tell. The numbers won’t lie.

Question: What would you first go for after your Whole 30 challenge is over?


Whole 30 – Day 21

Three weeks in, I guess time for another recap.

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I have to say, this has been going pretty well.

I am noticing a difference in my physical appearance, not that this was the major goal; I really don’t have that much to lose. My shoulders are more defined, and I am starting to see my abs again. You would think that with all my training this would be a surprise. It just goes to show you that your diet has more to do with muscle definition than lifting weights.

I still struggle with making sure that I get enough food in a day. Last night, we had Taco’s for supper (salad with no sour cream or cheese for me). I had two helpings, each with half an avocado. Now I didn’t measure anything, but I reckon I consumed a half pound of beef, a ton of veggies, and a whole avocado. Based on what I have experienced, this is about right to keep me full. Wouldn’t you know it, by 2100 I was in the kitchen again, this time looking for a snack.

My sign? I got up off the couch to take my daughter to bed and I got light headed.

So after 21 days, I am still struggling with making the right portion size for supper. I think I have breakfast and lunch figured out, as I don’t usually have an issue at the office. I will keep upping the amount to get the balance right. Stay tuned for my results.

This week on the menu:

Breakfast – Homemade pork sausage with green beans and nuts.
Lunch – Chicken Thighs (Bone in/skin on) with salad and olives
Workout Recovery – Boiled eggs and sweet potato

As you can see from my weekly recaps, my training volume has been a little erratic over the challenge. After race season, I am taking a little more time than I anticipated to get back into the training grove, but I think I am there now. My energy has been great throughout the past 3 weeks, with no major issues in the way of low or no energy during a workout. I did take the advice and introduced a small amount of protein before my workout, especially for my early morning sessions.

The biggest plus? I haven’t had to stop in during a run and find a place, to be politically correct, squat in the bushes. If the rest of the challenge is a flop, this makes it all worth it.

So I am stoked for the last 9 days of the challenge, hopefully with not much changing after the end of the 30 days. Maybe I will celebrate with a cookie or muffin.

Only one, I promise.

Question: How do you know that you are not eating enough when training?


Whole 30 – Day 9

Maybe a little random to recap on day 9, but I figured it was about time to write something.

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Like I mentioned in Recap – Week 35 I decided to start my first Whole 30 challenge a couple of days early.  Feeling like crap after eating supper is a pretty good motivator. Yes, ‘crap’ is a technical term.

Wouldn’t you know it, things have been going pretty good so far. I haven’t had too many major cravings yet, but I have thought a couple of times “who cares, you can start it again later” or “just don’t tell anyone and you will be fine”. Alas, the Rice Crispy square will stay on the shelf until, well, forever.

With no pre-planning of my own, I ended up fasting thru lunch on Monday. We visited my mother-in-law who is a strict vegetarian, so I knew that there wouldn’t be much in the house for me to chomp on while we were there. She made me a cup of tea, Milk Oolong to be specific, and I hung around talking dogs and house renovations. We got home at around 3 in the afternoon, and I wasn’t really hungry, so I waited until supper.

For most people, I think lunches can be difficult, especially if you eat at the office. I have the same issue, so each Sunday afternoon I grill two proteins and portion them out for the week; 10 dishes in total. I keep four in the fridge for Monday and Tuesday and freeze the rest for the remainder of the week. I also and boil a dozen eggs and cook some sweet potato for workout recovery. It can be some work and planning on Sunday, but man does it ever make things simple the rest of the week.

This week on the menu:

Breakfast – Pork Roast (slow cooked on the grill), steamed Broccoli, and a handful of Olives.
Lunch – Sexy Time Steak (from Four Hour Chef), Salad, and a whole Avacado.
Workout Recovery – Boiled Eggs (2) and a Banana.

I snacked pretty decent as well. I usually just grab something in the house, typically a piece of fruit, nuts, or some left overs.

A huge positive with the Whole 30 thing; I don’t feel panic stricken when my meal is a little late, or in the case on Monday, completely missing. Little each day I am finding more control over my appetite and really not missing much in the way of sweets. I have been probably over indulging on the dried apricots over the last couple of days, but after swim club as any swimmer can attest to, the hunger won’t go away. I’m working on it.

One negative, and I am not sure if this is related, but I woke up last night with a nasty stomach ache. Not a stomach ache from hunger, but a sharp pain from my belly button up toward my chest. I got out of bed, took a little walk around the house to see if I was cramping; nothing. So I ended up falling back asleep about 20 minutes later and when I woke up, the pain was gone. I am glad it was, but I will keep close attention to how I feel over the next couple of days. Hopefully just a freak occurrence.

Question: How do you tackle lunches during the week?