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  1. diet notes for the week: i really need to be getting a lot more protein. also down to 2 lunabars per day. tuesday: commute, 1 hour trainer ride, upper body gym/pt wedensday: rest day, commute thursday: commute, 1 hour trainer ride, upper body gym/pt - first time i could get at my lats a little
  2. Anyone have any idea how long it's good for? I just found a stash of True Protein gemma/rice at work, I'd hate to have to toss it...
  3. yes. there is really not too much i love more than riding a bike. saturday: ~25 mile ride, the hill sunday: ~36 mile ride, prob more like 40 monday: 4 mile run, not paced i'm eating more real food these days, been off the luna bars for a few days and it feels good but i will probably be back to them to some extent this week until i can figure out a better system which might include bringing a blender to work.
  4. i suppose, it will be a long road though. friday: 40/45 miles, hard to tell with all the detours. my map was wrong, i needed to stop at 7/11 so i ate a cliff bar, it was pretty good but it soaked up a lot of water.
  5. have fun in the race today and good luck! also, what kind of rims are you running on that bike?
  6. i know what you mean about running through the hood.
  7. yeah sister. thursday: 33.56 mile ride made my first serious climb since i got hurt. it was ok, i've lost a lot of strength and speed, but i made it to the top. my form was crap. on the upside, it was a fucking blast. i did finish it strong.
  8. someone sweet brought me a dozen for my birthday... i couldn't NOT eat one but it was healthy, it had vitamin fortified vegan coco puffs on top and it was DAMN good. my friend ate an Old Dirty Bastard. back in town... ran for cardio while i was away, tried to train legs a bit, it was weird being off the bike for a week. but i love that feeling i get after i'm away from the bike for a bit and i first swing my leg over the saddle and take off and i can feel my whole body screaming with joy, my quads just clicking and digging in hard right away. tuesday: trainer ride, couldn't quite light it up till the end
  9. yup, and the salt in your hand is for electrolytes. really quite a healthy source of carbs. tuesday: 38 mile ride. felt strong, was able to push some intervals towards the end. nice pace. ate like a guiness world book of records amount of calories, including 3 voodoo donuts before the ride. i definitely wouldn't say it gave me more energy or power. it did make me really thirsty. it wasn't too bad but i like my approach of eating healthier and less food (or no food) before hard work much better.
  10. ha yeah, it's a whole grain, right? friday: 27 mile ride, form came together for a few more moments saturday: officially a rest day but took a m.t. spin sunday: 4 mile run monday: 26 mile ride interesting... i could sometimes control my speed by locking in my form or not. reminder to self: tequila is still not a food group.
  11. yeah except i ate a larabar and three lunabars yesterday. i think you could call me a barfly. there are 2 main philosophies as far as i've seen for coaching bike racing. one is mainly to stay away from weights, they make for heavy slow legs and the best way to train for a bike is on the bike, pushing as much power as you can for example as slow as 60 rpm. the other is to augment by training legs with weights for the specific thing you want to train... personally i think the most effective depends on the individual and the thing that's being trained on that individual. that said, i do definitely believe that core strength and stabilization training is really important for everyone, and that at least some upper body training is important for injury prevention from bad form or crashing. thursday: 4 mile run (<9) 1 hour coached food: some popcorn 2 scoop protein, peach, apricot 400 cals of some veggie burger stuff, tahini larabar broccoli, 400 cals tofu 3 lunabars apricot
  12. lime corn crackers? that sounds good i can't imagine why you'd ever ever be tired, mary
  13. the specific kinds of training depend on what discipline or skills you're training for (sprinting, hills, endurance, even aero pos) but generally, leg press and ham curls, calf press, squats. i personally don't find that abduction/dduction training that useful. lunges are good. deadlifts are good for aero, according to doyle and schmidt. i think that's kind of true, but the motion isn't right. training core/stabilization really gives an advantage, i think it's been pretty key for me. as far as upper body, lats, tris, bis, and delts. traps if you have a heavy helmet or you need to keep your head in aero pos . maybe not so much pecs. hmm maybe i should sort this all out and arrange it more logically. wednesday 25 miles, had to cut it short cuz i got stuck behind a freight train. didnt eat much
  14. joe, a lot of those "naysayers" are soldiers who have been there... or are still there. your son serving in iraq right now doesn't give you any extra insight into framing and defining the outcome of this whole affair. i know plenty of u.s. soldiers who are royally pissed over the whole thing, including the handling of it by bush and petraeus.
  15. Congrats on keeping a journal! They can be so useful! My opinion for what it's worth: if you're going to start doing cardio and/or weight training, you have got to eat more, no question about it. Your body fat is so low right now, you won't be able to sustain your workouts for very long, and you won't see too much fitness progress if you keep this up. I would amp up the protein big time, and add more nuts, they're a great calorie dense way to get nutrients. You can add them in smoothies without too much notice and you can just nibble on them throughout the day. Your nutritionist will hopefully have some more great specific ideas... Let's do this!
  16. well, it's really specific to my form idiosyncrasies. i'll show you in person for sure. i just remembered, yesterday i ate more than i wrote up there ^^^ add 2 big peaches.
  17. those things are really really good at getting at your psoas. the way i understand it and have experienced it, if you want to get at your rectus abdominis (abdominii?) then do them with a pelvic tilt and don't let it go. but i think there are better ways to get at your abs. i like to do them on shoulder days to mix it up
  18. tuesday: i finally hit decent form for a few different moments, and it was gorgeous. i got that old feeling back of not quite like, muscling the pedals or manhandling the bike, just moving with it. it was hard to maintain though, so much i need to work around and remember. amazing the difference a little tilt here combined with a little drop there can make. i am working with some pretty great people: d gave me some things to do in the weight room to help improve my form yesterday, he's brilliant. i'm finally able to see a time in my future when i can get a bike fit, it may not be soon, but at least it's up there in the distance. tuesday: 37 miles ate a real lot of food, let's see 100 cals oatmeal 2 scoop protein, banana, a bunch of granola lunabar a handful of chocolate covered ginger 400 cal tofu, lettuce, 1 tbs flax oil 550 cal ice cream 8 oz of mixed nuts (wtf 8 oz? i must have been hungry, i should have gone for more protein)
  19. Monday: my legs were getting pretty pooped. the night before someone who had no business doing so kicked my tired butt on a ride out to dinner. granted he was on my fast old steel racer but nevertheless it should not have happened. so i stayed off the bike monday except for commute to let my legs recover. went to the gym, i have lost so much muscle and strength in my upper body. it's discouraging but i am trying to stay positive. that's all i'm gonna write about it, not writing about it will keep me more upbeat. a little DOMS in the tris today so that's good. the swim felt peaceful, no one in the pool, i could space out and concentrate. pt gym 30 min swim (15 bs 15 fs)
  20. Wow! Nice one! You did great even with all those little irritations. I think that's one of the real challenges of racing, how to handle the stuff that comes at you out of nowhere, and you really worked it! I am so so so so so proud of you and happy for you!
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