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Reminders …

As a reminder that my “comeback” still has a long, long way to go, I woke up this morning with a migraine, and am completely spent energy-wise. After calling in sick, I went back to bed and slept until noon; I’ve been up for almost 2 hours now and have still accomplished nothing other than taking a shower, before retiring to the couch and nearly passing out from the exertion.

What this is telling me is that even though I didn’t bonk yesterday, my body is not used to the exertion that I’ve put it through this weekend, and is rebelling; it needs rest to recover … rest and a better diet.

I’ve stalled out for the past few weeks on losing weight; I chalked this up to not exercising enough, but it’s very possible that I’m still eating too much of the wrong kinds of food.

Can anyone recommend any good diet books for the endurance athlete? Not so much for losing weight (although that is definitely part of the goal), but also for ensuring that the body recovers well and burns energy efficiently when exercising?

4 Comments on "Reminders …"

  1. Clinical Sports Nutrition, 700+ pages of good academic reading.

    Or just eat more fruits and veggies, normal portions of meat, complex carbs and hydrate.

    Cheese does not create energy, nor does cream sauce, even though they taste good.

    As in anything else in life, moderation is key.

  2. Honestly, absolute consistency is key. There is no concept of binging and purging if you have athletic goals that come about sporadically through the year. So, while diet is key, commitment and mental strength are even more core. My personal dilemma: Having that 3rd New Belgium Abby Ale or just sticking to two.

    I can’t speak for Bob’s book above, but he’s spot on, on more water and WAY more greenery (and not all loaded with saucy dressings and cheese). Balsamic vinegars and some good ‘ol mixed greens with tomatoes, onions, etc at LEAST 4 x per week. As much greenery as you can handle. Spinach stir fried with lemon juice and some olive oil too is nuts and is madly packed with the good vitamins you need to recover. Fruit actually in less moderation as while the vitamins are good, the sugars are probably something you do not need all the time.

    Hang in bro. It’s a LONG year.

  3. Ride your bike every day. A lot of times I feel like crap and don’t want to ride, but after 10 minutes on the bike I feel much better.

    Other than than, don’t overthink the food thing. You’re not trying to build a rocket ship, and you don’t need some stupid 700 page book. One specific piece of advice is to get into an absolutely boring routine for breakfast. Have a bowl of cereal, or oatmeal along with some coffee every morning. Something like that. I had 2 eggs and some Japanese rice this morning with 1 piece of toast. That way one meal is totally under control.

    Ride your bike every day for at least an hour.

  4. I PhD saying not to read a academic book, meh, now I am jaded, again.

    but yes, just ride the bike.

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