Thursday, August 18, 2011

three things thursday

1. I tried a smoothie again this morning.  I used: 1 container of yogurt, 1 scoop of protein powder, 1 overripe banana, half a bag of frozen peaches.  It turned into brown ooge that mostly tastes like overripe banana, but I think I like it and at least my blender didn't catch fire this time.  GAK.  And it just gave me brain freeze.


2. I had an outstanding PT appointment yesterday called "I stopped doing everything you told me do to and suddenly I feel better."  Not really, but in essence, my coach told me I was doing strength work too often, so with a "hrrrmph," I listened to him and cut it all way back.  But suddenly last Friday, after a session with a baseball and an ice pack, my back started feeling about 80% better than it has in 2 months and I haven't been out of alignment once since then.  So I talked about it with my PT and he kind of agreed that I was doing it all too often (this makes me a rarity in physical therapy patient land, I am sure), and cut it back to one thing that I do once a week and three things that I do twice a week, which lines up perfectly with what my coach wants me to do.  I'm so glad we can all get along.


3. Over the past 2 weeks training volume has very slightly decreased - mostly due to the subtraction of three hours of strength training - but the intensity of individual workouts (excluding the long run/long ride) has skyrocketed.  I was still surprised to find that for the first week, I would eat as normal throughout the day and then at 7pm discover that I was bonking and shove as many calories down as I could, which I don't think is what a dietitian would actually recommend (Heather?).  I don't really track calories during the day, although I generally keep an eye on how much protein I'm consuming and making sure that I'm using food as part of recovery.  So I tallied up a day of calories as part of the "this is what I ate today" game and realized that I was shorting myself in the 6am-3pm time period by quite a bit.  I've added a late morning snack and a second lunch (turkey avocado honey mustard brilliance) and it seems to be keeping away the 7pm hungry monster but I do feel like I am eating constantly.  I know, my life is hard.  Too bad beer isn't so great for recovery, and yes, I could have totally pounded one back at 8am this morning when I finished my run.


Happy Thursday, everyone!

19 comments:

  1. Does it count as brilliance if it's like 1 of 5 things that I make? Speaking of, I could really go for some of that brilliance right now. Want to bring me one?

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  2. I pity the runner who doesn't drink beer. Running and beer drinking somehow are quite compatible as hobbies.

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  3. I like to put some juice in my smoothies as it kindof adds a little sweetness to them. but I agree they really never fill me up

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  4. Funny that you're a bad patient in the sense of being too GOOD a patient. Glad that dialing back is working.

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  5. What brand of protein powder do you use? I've been contemplating making shakes for breakfast periodically but don't want to end up with a vat of expensive powder that tastes like toe fungus.

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  6. Yeah, too bad beer isn't the perfect recovery fuel. I could totally go for that.

    I need to up my training. My eating is probably similar to yours, but my working out is seriously lacking...

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  7. I'm excited about the back/PT progress. ALMOST THERE.

    The this is what I ate today game is my favorite.

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  8. Whoa- you were doing a ton of strength work. I agree that dialing it back will help your endurance workouts. That smoothie looks. . . . interesting!

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  9. I'm so happy your back is feeling better. It seems like find that coach has been nothing but awesome!! :)

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  10. I always add some milk to my smoothies (usually soy but sometimes cow) and they never seem "ooge" like.

    I should probably play the "what I ate today" game too. I have a feeling that my protein intake is seriously lacking, but for some reason am too lazy to take the steps necessary to confirm and possibly correct it.

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  11. Mmmm, smoothies. Have you tried a handful of spinach/chard tossed in? Love.

    I am not surprised about #2, it always seemed like you did quite a lot of lifting(to my lazy self). I had that exact same PT experience 10 months ago - the less I did my PT exercises, the better my back felt. That's when I quit PT and started acupuncture. ANYway ... Very glad to hear you are finding what works for you!

    Eating some animal flesh is just about the only thing that keeps me from feeling like I'm eating all day. Oh, who are we kidding, but I do feel full for a few hours.

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  12. I use almond milk in my smoothies, because I don't like to eat dairy. It tastes amazing--even unsweetened!

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  13. I love a smoothie, especially spinach ones, who cares if they look seriously creepy?!?!

    So glad you figured out something to help you stay aligned!!!

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  14. "I was shorting myself in the 6am-3pm time period by quite a bit" ha, no not ideal. We call that 'backloading' - some people do that to "save" calories for later, so they can indulge or binge. I don't think that was your tactic, though. Ha, just space things out more throughout the day and it will help immensely (as you're seeing already)!

    Eating more often, not such a bad thing ;)

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  15. Try this:
    2 cups OJ
    1 ripe banana
    10 small frozen strawberries
    2 scoops vanilla whey protein

    Yum! Fills me up!

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  16. Beer is not a bad recovery item. It carries oxygen to your blood fast as it is carbonated.....just saying

    I love my protein shakes. I put 2 scoops of Herablife24 plus 1c ice/water, 1 banana, 1/4 cup other berry, 1/4c oat flour and I'm golden and full.

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  17. Beer is the recovery item of champions. Protein shakes are not my forte either. I normally just add a scoop of powder, yogurt, some ice cubes and xanthem gum. I add some whip cream at the top and I pretend they taste good when in reality I'm just eating the whip cream. True life.

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  18. Yaaay, glad you are feeling better! That smoothie sounds good. And beer has carbs, right? And carbs = triathlon training. You are all good!

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  19. Overripe bananas and protein powder don't work for me. Maybe try starting with some simple stuff you know you'll like: Frozen raspberries, greek yogurt, vanilla and sweetener—and add from there? Also, I totally feel you on the need to revamp one's diet on account of new training patterns. On the upside, it's nice to have a reason to be in tune with exactly what your body needs!

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