Day 4 of my week off of Ironman training went well. I slept long, ate large -- including a lunch feast at Cecconi's in West LA -- and generally relaxed. I suppose it was the perfect time for a seminar on nutrition.
Tonight's discussion at Runnergy off Ventura Boulevard in Sherman Oaks was sponsored by Fortius and served as the perfect wake-up call that my respite was drawing to a close. And that I probably should watch what I'm eating a little more this week.
Though I don't regret for one second the BBQ ribs, McDonald's cheeseburger, chili-cheese hot dog, ice cream, cookies and wild boar pappardelle ragout pasta consumed at various points during the week.
Damn, all of it tasted great! Makes my mouth water a little just thinking about it.
At least now I can better appreciate just how bad that stuff is for me. The nutritionist offered several pithy reminders of how diet and proper race nutrition can dictate your performance. Some examples:
-- Have you "eaten a rainbow" today? Simply put, picture a rainbow as symbolizing all the colors of the fruits and vegetables you should consume every single day. Me? Today I got as far as green (lettuce), red (tomatoes), orange (carrots),and yellow (banana). Overall, we're supposed to have nine servings of fruits and veggies per day.
-- What color is your pee? (Hope I'm not getting too personal.) If you're drinking enough water, it should always be clear or near-clear. If your pee looks like beer then you're dehydrated. If it's neon green then you've wasted your money on expensive multi-vitamins, which usually only absorb in your body at approximately 30% capacity.
-- How much water should you drink every day? Believe it or not, divide your body weight in two and take that number in ounces. For me, that's roughly 66 ounces of water every day, or approximately eight glasses of water (assuming roughly 80z per glass).
-- When it comes to carbohydrates, brown is your friend, white is not. That sucks, because all the "good" tasting stuff is generally white (rice, pasta, white bread, flour, etc.). But, the sugar goes straight in and out of your body. "Brown" carbs (wheats, grains) stay in your system longer.
So what did I do once I heard all this information tonight?
I went home and ate Trader Joe's mint-n-chip ice cream.
Don't. Say. Anything.
That said, I'm getting more and more excited to get back on the training regimen. I bounded up the stairs at work today, which is a sign that my energy level is returning to normal. I even jogged to a couple meetings today and to my car after work. I love the feeling of feeling better. I'm not all the way there yet, but am honestly about 90% now. Can't wait for the final 10% to kick in!
Who knows, maybe I'll be eager to work out a little in the morning.
243 days and counting.