Thursday, March 31, 2011

Primal Experiment: Day 31

Today is the official end of my Primal Experiment, although I have a feeling it will continue indefinitely with  a few changes.  My official weigh-in this morning was 153.8, which is a total loss of just under 3 pounds.  Not a great result, but a loss none-the-less.  Let me add that I don't have too much to lose, which makes the pounds come off much slower, typically.  I also think that the last week did me in a little.  At one point before the crazy week, I was down to 151.8, which I like much better.

In terms of sticking with the eating plan, I did a pretty good job.  I would give myself an overall grade of a B.  I didn't eat a single grain the entire month, and found I didn't miss them and didn't crave them either.  My downfall was dairy.  I was a little loose with the dairy component of the plan, definitely consuming a few too many skim lattes.  The other place I had a little slip-up was in the chocolate department.  I didn't overdo it, I'm just letting you know I wasn't 100% clean.  Would I have lost more if I hadn't had these little treats?  Maybe, but I also think that allowing them enabled me to stay strong in all the other areas.

As far as training goes, I definitely think I would benefit from adding grains around my workouts, and this is the plan I will take for the coming month.  It is more in line with the Paleo for Athletes guidelines by Loren Cordain, as well as the "Core Diet" which is what my coach preaches (and practices with great success.) My goal is still to be mostly Primal however, because I really have enjoyed eating this way.  I like the food I have been eating, I feel full and satisfied, and, most importantly, I feel healthy.

Overall, this was a great experiment for me.  It really highlighted how certain foods trigger craving and "bingeing" (although I use that word very lightly).  I also feel like I have honed in on my true hunger a lot more this month, which I quite like.  If Primal/Paleo is something you have been curious about, I highly recommend taking a stab at it for a month.

Monday, March 28, 2011

The Sunday Report

This is going to be short and sweet because I am sooo tired.  I'm coming of four late nights in a row, and I wish I could say it was because I was out living it up!  I had to grade four flute recitals in Ithaca Thursday through Sunday.  Thankfully, they were all lovely, but the driving and the thinking and the staying up late and getting up early totally did me in.  When it comes to sleep, I really need 8-9 hours to feel good.  Six doesn't even come close!  I also noticed that despite the fact that I still ate pretty clean this week, I gained a little bit of weight.  I have two theories:  1.  I usually saved a snack for the ride home, which means I was eating much later than I normally would, therefore when I weighed myself in the morning I hadn't actually digested all of my food from the day before.  2.  My lack of sleep and increased stress raised my cortisol levels which causes your body to hold on to weight.  Obviously, I have no idea what I'm talking about, I just hope that tomorrow morning when I get on the scale it's back to normal.  I have purposefully put off a Primal Experiment update with the hopes of that!!

Despite it being a crazy busy week, I was still able to hit most of my workouts.  Thank God this week is a recovery week.  This past week was the 4th week in this block, so that combined with no sleep did make for pretty workouts this weekend.  But I got them done, and that is what counts, right?

Swim:  2h 6000 yds
Bike"  4h 16m 2s 55.59 mi
Run"  1h 30m 3s 8.83 mi
TRX:  20m

Total:  8h 6m 5s

I thought about adding up all the time I spent in the car last week, but decided that it would be way depressing to think about that.

I do want to say, thanks so much for all of the comments you left on my Mommy Workout Guilt post the other day.  I'm thinking about doing a follow-up since I received some great emails from moms that I really look up to about the topic.

Have a great week!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Mommy Workout Guilt

I've thought a lot about whether or not I would even write this post.  I'm finding it very difficult to sort of "put myself out there" with this one.  Why?


And not just any guilt, but the most devastating kind.

Mommy guilt.

(By the way, is there such a thing as Daddy guilt?  Most of the daddies I know seem to walk around pretty much guilt-free all the time.)

Today I got home a little bit early, and instead of heading straight to pick up the boys I decided to get a workout in instead.  On the way home I had made this decision, not without a lot of going back and forth in my head.  It went something like this:

TrimommyKelly:    Oh, look.  I'm going to be home 2 hours early.  I can get my trainer ride done before I pick up the boys and not have to ride tonight when I know I will be dead tired. 
Mommy Guilt:  I can't believe that you would even think about not going to pick up the boys right away.  What kind of a mother are you? 
TrimommyKelly:  Well, I will still be picking them up earlier than I normally do if I go get them as soon as my ride is done. 
Mommy Guilt:  So someone else is going to take care of your children while you ride your bike. 
TrimommyKelly:  It would just be really nice to get it out of the way and be done.  I know I would have a better workout and probably be in a better mood to hang out with the family this evening. 
Mommy Guilt:  Okay.  Well, you are going to do what you want to do anyway, so I don't even know why I bother.
I'm really not sure if TrimommyKelly or Mommy Guilt won that battle, but I did end up doing the ride and then picking up the boys.  And, yes, I felt guilty about it.

Now, I realize this is a bit of a tricky topic.  I'm sure all mothers feel strongly one way or the other about topics like this.  I know a lot of mothers who will probably think I made a bad decision.  I know a lot of other mothers (many who read this blog) who would fully support and justify my decision to work out before I picked up my kids.  I'm not really asking people to pass judgement on me (although you can if you want because I get that I'm the one putting this out here), but what I am asking is, as moms why we feel like this?

My husband goes to the gym after work almost every day, and I'm pretty sure he doesn't feel guilty about it, and  I don't think he should!  So why do I get all guilted up (by my own self, I might add - no one else is making me feel this way) when I do the same thing?  Is it that I feel like I am putting my training before my kids?  Is that a justified concern?

I don't think I will ever really know the answer to these questions, but I am very interested in hearing your thoughts on this topic.  I would be especially interested in hearing from dads on this topic.  I think it is a very pertinent discussion point for all of us parents out there who are trying to balance a healthy family life with training and work.  How can we do it all and do it all well and feel good about that?

Sunday, March 20, 2011

The Sunday Report

Wow!  The one nice thing about getting up early is that you can really get a lot accomplished before 1:30 in the afternoon!  We had our 1st Annual Tri at the Y Indoor Triathlon this morning, and my wake-up call was far earlier than I would have liked.  But I wasn't racing today, I was in charge.  I'm happy to say that, despite lower registration numbers than I would have liked, everyone had a great time and the tri went off without a hitch!  I'm sure I was beaming the entire time.  The positive energy that was flowing from everyone was palpable.  Even some of the gym goers that were coming in to workout while we were finishing up commented on how much fun it looked.  Hopefully, next year there will be even greater interest, and we'll be able to raise even more money for the Y-Partners campaign.  A big thank you to all the volunteers and our bike sponsor, Advantage Fitness out of Ithaca, that kindly donated use of Keiser M3 spin bikes for the event.

So here it is, just before 2 p.m., and I have already finished my long ride and worked all morning!  I'm not sure I like the benefits of getting up early enough, however, to make it an every day thing.  6:30 rolls around early enough as it is!

Training this week was great.  I was on spring break from Ithaca College, so I was able to hit every single workout.  I love it when that happens.  I had my "long" run yesterday.  It was supposed to be an hour, but I'm trying to really listen to my body as I build my distance back up from my time off.  I ran about 52 minutes and started feeling like my form was breaking down and my feet were starting to hurt, so I walked the last 8 minutes.  I was feeling a little discouraged because it's just so frustrating to feel like I am back at square one after building so much great fitness last year.  Coach Mary reassured me that I was being smart, and that after square one always comes square two.  So, I'm staying positive.

Here are the numbers for the week:

Swim:  1h 54m 5600 yds
Bike:  4h 30m 49.57 mi and one spin class
Run:  2h 1m 40s 11.72 mi (slowly but surely)
TRX/Yoga/Movement Prep:  1h 54m

Total:  10h 19m 41s

On another note, we also worked very hard on Ryan's science fair project yesterday.  The experiment has been done for a week or so, but we still had to put together the board.

Needless to say, guess who put in the bulk of the work, grumbling all the while.  (Hint:  It says that Daddy helped with the mention of Mommy's, I'm not bitter or anything...)  My beef is this:  what does the whole presentation thing actually teach my child?  I mean, I get how understanding the scientific process is good, but do we really need the whole board?  I hated doing this kind of stuff when I was in school, and look at me now...still hating doing this kind of stuff.  Also note, for those of you who would like to tell me just have Ryan do it - it's his project;  he did do the experiment (with Daddy's help), and he typed out all of the labels on the board, and helped with gluing. BUT at the science fair if your kid is the one with the board that actually looks like he did it himself, you feel like a bad parent.  Don't ask me how I know this.

So back to school tomorrow.  Halfway through this crazy semester, and I'm still alive.  I guess I'll come up for air in about 8 weeks!!

Happy training and have a great week.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Primal Experiment: Day 19

Well, this week my Primal Experiment took an interesting turn.  I have still been doing great with the basic structure of the plan:  lots of animal protein, lots of veggies, healthy fat sources, no grains, very little dairy, some fruit but not too much, no sugar or sweets, and no legumes.  Today I weighed in at 153.8.  Yep, that is up .6 since Day 10.  I was actually up a little more than that, but have tried to correct a little in the last few days.

The culprit of this weight gain?  Almond butter and dried fruit.  The almond butter is definitely a primal food, but I just have the tendency to go a little overboard with it.  The dried fruit is definitely borderline in the primal world, and is just me not being able to say no to something I love.  As of this minute, no more of that.  Again, this month is about finding what seems to work and figuring out what those triggers are that make me crave more.

I also had a very interesting day of training on Wednesday that included a pretty nasty bonk in the pool.  That morning, I ate my usual breakfast and hopped right onto the bike for a pretty intense trainer session.  After the ride, I headed to the gym for an hour of coaching in the pool.  I don't swim a lot when I am coaching, but I do swim some depending on the level of the swimmer.  I was in the pool for probably 30 minutes and then coached on deck for about 30 minutes.  As soon as I was done coaching, I hopped into the pool for my own hour long workout.  I fueled during and after the ride, and before and during my swim workout, but about halfway through the main set I started feeling nauseous and shaky.  I took in more EFS Drink, but I was past the point of no return.  I finished up as best I could, but did end up cutting it short by 300 yards.  My plan was to head straight to lunch, so I did not have any Ultragen with me...bad planning on my part.  Fortunately, I ran into a trainer friend who had a chocolate milk that she gave me. I was still kind of unsure if I was bonking or if I was getting sick, but as soon as I drank the milk, I knew it was definitely a bonk.  I talked to Coach Mary about it, and she agreed that my breakfast was probably not enough carbs to sustain a morning of working out.  Live and learn, I guess.  That is what this experiment is all about.  I think I see myself moving back to some grains, like oats, pre-workout for longer workout days once this month is over.  For now, though, I am going to stick to my original plan of no grains.  It will be interesting to see what I can come up with for a more high-carb pre-workout meal.

Overall, I think I relaxed the standards just a bit this week, and that is ultimately what caused the weight gain. I can definitely overdo it when it comes to "healthy" fats.  I love me some almond butter, avocados and anything coconut, but it is probably not the best idea to go crazy with those high fat foods, no matter how nutritious they are.  Starting tomorrow I am back to logging my food, which really helps me.  I also think that if I want to lose more weight I am at the point where I really have to tighten up the diet.  When you have a lot of weight to lose, it's easy to just change a few things to see results.  When you have just a little to lose, it's not quite so easy.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

How Soon We Forget

Today, I ran outside in a running skirt and a long sleeve tech shirt.  It was sunny and warm(ish) and beautiful, and I thought about how glad I was to be outside.  I laughed at the music I was listening to, I said hello to the people I passed, I smiled at the dogs, and I loved it.

I had this realization while I was running that people who live in a place with hard winters have a much greater appreciation for spring.  It really is an awakening.  People start to come out of their homes.  We get reintroduced to our neighbors that we haven't seen all winter.  The brave souls among us - I saw two today - even take out their bikes.  (Miss Artemis Blue will not be taking her maiden voyage until the roads are cleaner.)  The trees are still bare, but we are starting to see the tips of the crocuses peep through the mud and leftover snow.

Before we know it everything will be green again, and we will forget about the snow and the cold and the no flip-flops since October.  We will run and bike and swim outside.  Some people will complain about how hot it is, and I will roll my eyes.  My husband will want to turn on the air conditioner, and my boys will want to play in the blow up pool every single day.  The bikes will get moved to the garage and the cars will get moved to the driveway.  We will wash the screens and open the windows and forget that the gas fireplace takes 5 minutes to turn on or even that we ever needed the gas fireplace.

Maybe it's because I am from the south, but I never forget the winter and I try to soak up every hot day.  The sultry days are my favorite because summer is supposed to be hot and sweaty.  And spring...spring is just beautiful, and I will appreciate every day.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

First Endurance Product Review

I've been fueling my training with First Endurance EFS Drink and EFS Liquid Shot for a little over a year now.  They are a sponsor of Team Trakkers, and I am SO LUCKY to have been introduced to the First Endurance line this way.  

Before I found First Endurance I had a really tough time finding an electrolyte drink that agreed with me.  While training for my first half-ironman, I went through a rough patch where I literally couldn't make it through a long run without having one of "those" moments.  I started planning my long runs around the known open bathrooms along the way, and that is no fun.  Ultimately, I ended up fueling with gels and water, since I couldn't find a drink that worked.  Gels and water work just fine, but sometimes you just don't want a gel...especially after the 3rd or 4th one.

When First Endurance came on board with Team Trakkers I was excited to give the EFS Drink a try, and I haven't turned back since.  This is by far the best drink on the market, both in terms of its flavor and drinkability as well as the science that is behind it.  Since I have switched to EFS Drink, I have not had the stomach issues I had with EVERY other drink I tried.  It has the highest electrolyte content available on the market, so you don't have to supplement with salt tabs or other electrolyte pills.  But the best part is the taste.  My favorite flavors are grape and fruit punch.  They are subtly sweet, but not overpowering.  It is a flavor that tastes good no matter how hot of a day it is, even at the end of a long ride.  If you are searching for a drink that tastes great, fuels great, and has good science behind it, look no further.

My other fueling (not-so)secret is EFS Liquid Shot.  Unlike gels, it does not contain gelling agents that can slow down absorption and digestion, so again, it is super easy on the tummy.  I love that it comes in a reusable flask.  I usually buy a couple of flasks and then the 30 oz. refill bottle to use as needed.  Each flask has 400 calories.  I've just recently tried the Wild Berry, which is really good, but my favorite is still the vanilla.  I'm thinking that the two combined would be quite lovely.  This is the stuff that fueled me through all of my races last year, including my 50K, with no stomach issues.

Okay, so EFS Drink and Liquid Shot are pretty awesome, but the absolute BEST product in the First Endurance line (if you ask me, of course) is the Ultragen Recovery Drink.  There have been a lot of studies that show having a recovery drink in the first 30 minutes after completing a workout plays a significant role in recovery of muscles and refueling of glycogen which leads to quicker recovery and better quality of overall training.  A recovery drink is not something to take lightly.  I have even convinced my skeptical husband of this, and he now uses Ultragen as well.  My favorite flavor is cappuccino.  Well, really, sometimes I do a workout just for the Cappuccino Ultragen I get after.  This morning after a particularly hard trainer session, I put a big scoop in my coffee...OH YEAH!  It is also great in ice cold water, or mixed with almond milk or coconut milk.  Sometimes I blend it up with some frozen raspberries and a few handfuls of spinach.  You cannot go wrong with this stuff.  More importantly than the taste, though, Ultragen "is designed to work synergistically to provide the right nutrients to the right place at the right time during the 30-minute ‘Window of Opportunity’ following exercise so you can recover faster than ever before. Each serving of Ultragen delivers the levels of nutrients that have been shown in clinical research to maximize recovery and give you an extra edge over the competition. " 

I couldn't have said it better.  If you are looking for a better system for fueling, you need to check out First Endurance.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

The Sunday Report

I always forget how much I love daylight savings time until 6:00 rolls around, and it's still daytime outside!!  Now all we need is some warm weather to melt all the snow...oh yeah, and no more snow!  It was flurrying a bit here today, and there is more in the forecast.  I guess I won't be getting Miss Artemis Blue out on the road any time soon!

Speaking of the new little beauty, I had a nice long ride with some tempo efforts on Miss A.B. this evening and a shorter zone 2 ride yesterday.  I was surprised at how sore I was today when I woke up.  I guess the new position and the smaller bike make me use muscles I haven't been using, and that is a very good thing!  I am hoping that will equate to more power which means faster riding outside!!

The Primal Experiment is moving along nicely.  I've been enjoying all of the food I've been eating and having very little cravings, although last night I was totally craving something sweet.  If there had been cookies in the house, it would not have been pretty.  I'm pretty sure that is Mark's fault for tempting me with the beautiful looking cookie on Friday in Geneva!!  I ended up snacking on some dried cherries and unsweetened chocolate, which seemed to do the trick.  Training while primal is also going well.  My ride tonight was fueled with First Endurance EFS Wild Berry Liquid Shot and followed up with an Ultragen smoothie for recovery.  I feel like since I have ditched the grains, there is no room for slacking off in the fueling department while I am training.

So here are the numbers.  Back to running this week felt great.  I've been utilizing every recovery modality I have available to me (I'm sitting in my Recovery Pump boots as I type), and it seems to be doing the trick.  I had a great session with my chiro last week, and she was really able to release a huge trigger point in my left calf.  I have also been foam rollering, advilling, and all around taking care of myself...good stuff.

Swim:  2h 5300 yds
Bike:  4h 15m 47s 59.19 mi (on the trainer)
Run:1h 44m 42s 10.23 mi
TRX:  30m

Total:  8h 30m 29s

I have to keep reminding myself that my first big race this year is not a half-iron, but an olympic, so it's okay that my volume is not way up there just yet.  All in good time.

I also want to add here that, really, all of this pales in comparison to the enormity of what happened this weekend in Japan.  I can't even begin to imagine the fear and sense of loss that must be going through the hearts and minds of everyone affected by the earthquake and tsunami.  It's times like these that we realize how small we are, but remember that even many small people can pray big prayers and come together to do big things.

Have a wonderful week.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Best Friday EVER!

Today was the day to get my new ride built and fit.  My friend, Erika, and I set out for Geneva, New York and the Geneva Bicycle Center this morning.  I had an appointment at 10 to get the new baby built and then an appointment at 12:30 to get fit.

We got there a little before 10, found a rockstar spot across the street from the shop and right next to a great little coffee shop called Opus. They had great coffee and espresso drinks made with beans roasted right in the shop.  They also served a tasty (primal friendly) chicken salad over mixed greens for lunch among other, not so primal choices.  If you were not trying to be good, they also had tons of amazing looking baked goods, paninis, and granola also made right in house. Seriously, I could not think of a better way to spend the day than going back and forth between the bike shop and the coffee shop!!  Mark (aka TriDadOfFive) joined us for lunch and did his best to try to break me with a chocolate chip cookie to no avail...

Oh, Mark, I am a strong one.

Anyway, while my new bike was being built by Matt, who seemed a little nervous with all of the picture taking going on, Erika was scoping out the tri bikes for herself.

I'm not exactly sure if Erika had planned on actually buying a bike today, but before long she was in the fit studio on a sweet little Giant which just happened to make it on top of the Trimommy-mobile and back to Syracuse this afternoon.  Yay for new bikes!!

So towards the end of lunch, I kept anxiously checking my watch to see if it was my turn.  Finally 12:30 rolled around and we walked back across the street to the shop to see how the new one fit.

Now let me just say right here that Chad is AMAZING!!  The Geneva Bike Center is known far and wide for the quality of their bike fittings, and Chad is their go-to guy.  He has years of experience and really understands how the body works and how to fit the bike to the body instead of fitting the body to the bike.  One of the things he reiterated over and over to us today was that no matter what the quality of your bike is, entry-level or high-end, it is the fit that ensures speed, comfort, and easy running of off a tri bike.  I was so impressed with his depth of knowledge of physiology, body and bike mechanics.  I felt like I learned a lot today about the importance of a good fit and the why behind that importance.

For my fit, he started by seeing how I stood barefoot and how my feet hold the load of my body.  Then he had me lie on a table where he tested my flexibility and symmetry throughout my lower body and back. With this and my athletic history, my distance focus, the average mileage I ride per year, my height and weight, and any injuries I might be dealing with, he was able to, in his words, "paint a picture" of me as a rider.

Mark, who offered to take his shirt off,
 took his leave as Chad checked my feet...that is why I look so stiff.

Then it was time to get on the bike...finally!!  Right at that moment, my stomach gave a nervous flip.  What if she didn't work for me?  What if she was uncomfortable?  What if we weren't a good match?

My face says it all, right?  After a few tweaks, she felt amazing!  

I couldn't help but admire the two of us in the mirror with Buttercup looking on.  I'm sure even she feels good about the whole thing, no seat and all.

And so I present to you, in all her glory, my new Kestrel 4000 Pro SL.

Miss Artemis Blue

She is named after the Greek goddess of the hunt and wild animals.  She is strong, she is sexy, she is fast, and she is all mine!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Primal Experiment Day 10 and a Farewell

It's Day 10 of my Primal Experiment, and things are moving quite nicely.  I weighed in on Day 1 at 156.4.  Today I weighed in at 153.2.  My energy has been so-so, but I have also been under quite a bit of stress so it's really hard to say if it's the diet or the stress or both.  I have not been hungry outside of mealtimes, and I have seemed to be able to judge much better when I am truly hungry or just wanting to eat something, which are two different things entirely.

In general, I haven't really been craving anything and haven't been overly tempted by anything.  I did wage a small battle with a thin mint the other day, but came out victorious.  Tonight, there were definitely some longing looks towards the chips at Moe's, but my salad with steak, grilled veggies, salsa, and guacamole was so good I won that battle as well.  I have definitely realized in just the ten days of doing this that grains and sugar most definitely cause me to have more cravings for grains and sugar.  And to think I used to start every day with a big bowl (or two!) of cereal.  I'm actually quite enjoying the food I've been eating, and have been browsing the web for Paleo/Primal recipe ideas.  I am always amazed at how creative people are in the kitchen!!

I do, however, desperately miss my lattes.  I've been having a decaf Americano with a splash of cream every now and then, but it is most definitely not the same!

And on to my farewell.  Today I rode my last ride on my trusty steed, Buttercup.  It was a great ride, in fact, probably the best in about a month.  I also had a great ride on her on Monday night.  While I am excited about my new ride, I can't help feeling the bittersweet emotions of saying goodbye to a loyal friend.

Buttercup, you will be missed!

Tomorrow, the new baby will come home to play...

Monday, March 7, 2011

Good Day Snow Day

First of all, let me say thank you.  Thanks to all of you who posted a comment on my last post or who sent me a tweet or an email.  I continue to be blown away by how supportive the blog world is, and it means so much to me.  Sometimes I hesitate to write posts like that because I don't want people to think I'm fishing for empathy.  But I think, for myself, it is more important to be real even if it's not always pretty.  I think most of you really appreciate that more than a fake smile and a cute picture. Anyway, thanks.

We had a snow day here today.  I would post a picture, but it would just look like all of the other snowy pictures I have posted this winter.  It's white, it's cold and it's EVERYWHERE!!  (I am done with winter, in case you were wondering.) Despite all of the snow that has fallen this winter, we have only had 3 snow days total.  Usually a snow day is a pain in the neck, because if I have to drive to Ithaca, well, it takes a really long time.  Also, a snow day on a work day means Ryan has to go to daycare all day, which is not ideal.  Today, however, Ithaca College was also delayed until noon, so I bagged the trip altogether, told the boys we were having a home day, and made a big pot of french press coffee. This snow day was a gift that I so needed.  A chance to have a great day with the boys and rejuvenate my own battered psyche.

The first order of the day (after the coffee was made, of course) was to create the snow day schedule.  This was the first time I've ever done this, but it was a great idea.  I planned some crafts, some painting time, some reading, sledding, free time, rest time and homework time.  It went great.  We pretty much stayed with the schedule until we decided to venture out to Barnes and Noble for some reward books this afternoon.  I didn't get a whole lot done, but that was not really the point of the day.  The three of us had a great day, with very little fighting and hardly any vegging in front of the tv.

It is days like this that make me realize two things:

  1. Being a stay-at-home mom is a really hard job if you are good at it.
  2. I'm very glad I am not a stay-at-home mom.
There are a lot of reasons I don't think I would be very good at being a full-time stay-at-home mom, and I don't really want to go into that.  But I will say, if I were, my house would be a wreck, I would spend way too much time online, and I would probably be very overweight.  I know...kind of counterintuitive, but it's just my nature, I think.  

Having said that though, I have started to really take a hard look at how much I am doing and letting some things go.  This is not an easy task, because I rarely take anything on that I don't feel very passionate about.  But, this past week has really opened my eyes to how much time and energy I need to have available to get the most important things in my life done well.  

So the snow day was productive in the sense that we had a great day, I was able to get my head put on a little straighter, and, by far the one of the biggest victories of the day, I didn't overeat and was even able to give my kids some thin mint cookies without eating one myself.  Now that is a good day.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

The Sunday Report

Have you ever heard of Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs?  It's this whole theory that there are certain basic needs that must be met in every human before they can progress to things like friendship, love and intimacy.  For example, if you are starving, feeling insecure isn't really on your radar.  This theory has been on my mind this week.  There has been a lot going on at my house, and without going into detail, I will just say I'm totally emotionally exhausted.  Being the parent of a child with Asperger's is not an easy task - actually being a parent of any child is not an easy task.  I feel like in the Trimommy's Hierarchy of Needs the number 1 priority is my family, and let's face it, sometimes that takes every bit of my energy. If that priority isn't being met, training isn't even on the radar.

I started a ride tonight and didn't finish.  There was just nothing left.  I skipped 4 workouts this week.  I emailed my coach several times, and all she did was encourage me.  I am so thankful for that.  She gets it.  So I will call this week Recovery Week Act II.

Swim:  1h 2900 yds
Bike:  3h 48m 4s 53.29 mi
Run:  30m 3s 3.12 mi
Movement Prep:  5m

Total:  5h 23m 7s

I feel that this week has really given me a lot of perspective somehow, though.  I may not be any more fit than I was last week nor may I understand my child any better than I did last week, but one thing is for certain - he knows that I love him no matter what.  I guess that is not something I can really list under the training numbers, but it definitely counts for something.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Primal Experiment: Day 5

Just a few quick thoughts on my week so far.

I've been doing really well.  With the exception of training food, I haven't had any sugar...oh wait, I did have a Larabar that had a few chocolate chips in it, but that was it.  The hardest part for me has been limiting dairy.  I just love cream in my coffee too much.  I did cut way back overall and had only one latte this week...ONE!!!

Ben asked me if I was having headaches, and I haven't.  The fact is, I wasn't eating too far away from Primal before this experiment, I have just basically cut out all cheating. Does that even make sense?  This just hasn't been a huge change in diet for me...more of a tweaking, I would say.

One thing to note...I have not been hungry this week, and have definitely been eating less overall.  The protein and fat really fill me up more than carbs for sure.  I have also not had any cravings beyond my latte cravings, but that is really a different kind of craving from a food craving.  I have felt a little sluggish, but I have also had an extremely stressful week with a lot of stuff going on at home with Ryan, so I can't even really totally blame the food.  It will be interesting to see how I feel next week compared to this week.

I will be weighing in on Tuesday, but I do know that I have already lost some weight.  Of course, getting down to 150 is never really that hard for me, it's getting below 150 that gets tricky!  I wasn't able to get my body fat measured this week, so I might just forgo that part of the experiment and get it done at the end of the month to see where I am.  Last year I got my body fat close to about 20% which is not bad, but I would love to be in the teens if I could.

I'll keep you posted!  Have a wonderful weekend.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

The Good News and the Not-So-Good News

Most of you know I've been dealing with some heel pain in both feet off and on for about a year.  How it usually goes is it won't be terrible for a while, then it gets a little bit worse, so I take a few weeks off of running.  It gets a little better so I go back to running...repeat, repeat, repeat.

During all of this I have also started weekly chiropractic treatments that include Graston technique, which I do believe helps me manage the pain.  I have also started to incorporate Movement Prep before all of my runs, which also helps A LOT!  If you are not doing this, you should be!!

Well, a few weeks ago I got to the low point of the cycle.  I feel like it was probably brought on by a lot of stress in my life,  a lot less time to take care of myself (get to the chiro, do stretches, ice, etc.), and a build-up in my training. I demoted myself voluntarily to pool running and decided I really needed to get to the bottom of this once and for all, so I made an appointment with my orthopedic doc who specializes in sports medicine and happens to be an Ironman triathlete.  I've been to him before and really trust his judgment...don't even ask me why I waited this long to go this time.  I think deep down I was just terrified he was going to bench me for the season.

But I made the appointment and prepared myself for the worst.  I was fully prepared to pull the plug on running for however long it would take to heal.

My appointment was today, and the good news is...I CAN RUN!!

The diagnosis is retrocalcaneal bursitis. Basically I have a bump of bone on the back of each heel that rubs my achilles when I run.  Because of that my body has formed a sac of fluid called a bursa to protect it, which in turn becomes inflamed and causes pain.  My doc said that this is something I can absolutely train through and with therapy (similar to what I am doing already), it will not hurt as much.

The not-so-good news is that it probably won't ever really go away unless I have surgery to get the bone scraped away.  Um...yeah, not so much.  The pain is not so bad that I can't work through it, in fact it typically doesn't hurt at all while I am running.  I just wanted to make sure that I wasn't doing MORE damage by running on it, and the doc confirmed that I am not.

My plan of action as of right now is going to continue treatment with my chiropractor, develop a really good movement prep/functional strength/core program that targets my imbalances and STICK TO IT, stretch, ice and advil as needed.  I think what I have taken away from all of this, is that I can no longer beat up my body and not take care of it without paying a heavy price.  All of the recovery modalities I have available to me, including my awesome Recovery Pump (more on that soon CuseTri), I am going to have to do with as much discipline as I approach my training.  I rarely miss a workout, so why do I neglect stretching and icing?

Back to running tomorrow!!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Primal Experiment Day 1

(I'm blogging from my Android, so please forgive any typos.)

Today was day 1 of my 30 day Primal experiment. I weighed myself this morning and am starting out at 156.4. I will add that I am 5'8", just to give some perspective. It always bothers me when people talk about weight without saying how tall they are. I mean, how else am I supposed to compare myself to them? ;)

This weight is about 6 pounds higher than what I consider to be my "set point." That is the weight my body seems to want to be. I would really like to get below 150, but more importantly I want to get lean.

I won't bore you with the details of what I am eating, but I feel like today was a good start. I will keep you posted throughout the month.
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