It's hard to believe it's only been about a week and a half since Escape From Alcatraz it feels like at least a month has gone by. I let my stomach recover last week and began easy workouts last Thursday. I find that an easy swim is one of the best recovery methods. Your muscles warm up, knotted fibers lengthen and stiff legs loosen up. Friday I joined my sister at the early morning spin class at our gym for a brutal one hour sweat-fest. I usually do my weekday bike rides before work outdoors, but I am looking to increase my speed and power on the bike and this spin class feels right for building that. Honestly, I can be a bit lazy on my ride during the week and I don't get as much of a workout for my one hour as I should. With Orangeman looming in the fall, I'm ready to focus and get stronger on the bike. The easier I make that insane uphill first half of the OM bike leg, the easier the half marathon at the end will be.
I originally intended on taking most of July "off" from triathlon training, but after an unstructured week, both Adam and I were feeling listless, crabby and soft. Everybody needs days off and breaks, but I can really feel when my body is ready to go again. It's surprising how fast my mind was ready to get back into training. We're starting too loosely form a routine again in the mornings and fill mornings up with swim and bike and evenings with a few easy runs. This weekend we'll be joining Joby Gutierrez of Fitness Coaching for a free running clinic that will help implement good running form early in our summer-fall season triathlon training. I've come to enjoy form work and drills as they not only set the stage for efficient movement and injury-prevention, they are a nice slow start as opposed to the hard and fast hill workouts and interval sprints that come later in the season. I like to remind myself that the more efficient I am running, biking and swimming, the less work I have to do in the long run. And that's what I'm really about, doing less work! :)
I'm also catching up on a ton of nutrition reading - from the comprehensive Sports Nutrition for Endurance Athletes to Bob Seebohar's Nutrition Periodization for Athletes and Metabolic Efficiency Training. While it's no secret that I have a passion for cooking and food, I have a growing interest in nutrition for both athletes and as a form of general healthcare. As someone who has struggled with GI issues on a day to day basis in both my regular life and my workouts, I am turning to diet as the means to solve the problems. Already, through removing dairy, fried foods and alcohol I've noted a complete change in my body. I am no longer in pain and am able to be active and healthy without use of any drugs or invasive actions. I still suffer from GI issues during long workouts and races, and am turning to the concept of Metabolic Efficiency Training to remove my body's dependency on carbohydrates during extended workouts and to teach my body to burn excess fat instead. It's a fascinating and surprisingly common sense approach by a hands-on dietitian, coach, physiologist and athlete. Once I get a good handle on it, I will post some information!
We leave next Saturday morning for our 4 day hike across Catalina Island! It's going to be a good, steep climb up and a nice getaway for us both. :)