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!