Happy Thursday! Who else is ready for this weekend? This week has sped by, and while I’m looking forward to the weekend, it will be busy too! Road trip to Madison, a computrainer Newbie class on Sunday, and getting my tri-bike sent out to Puerto Rico! Here’s a bit about what I’ve been thinking about lately:
Things have been going really well on my “no wheat, no yeast, no beans, no mushrooms” diet, and I have decided to go through the “Challenge Phase” prior to my March spring vacation in Puerto Rico. Today is “beans” so I had refried beans (TJoe’s, gluten-free and fat-free) with rice for breakfast and will incorporate more beans in today. We’ll see how this goes, go back to “clean eating” for a few days, and then introduce yeast in (i.e. gluten-free baked goods & beer). See how that goes- how do I feel? I’m still trying to figure out if there is a way to introduce gluten while remaining yeast-free, but I am not sure if that’s possible. Let me know if you have any knowledge on this!
Hammer supplements! It’s either been the full elimination diet, but I think also the hammer supplements, that have been making me feel really good lately! I’ve been taking their daily supplements, and adding in recovery boosters and also some anti-fatigue caps. I had been struggling on my longer rides in early February, partly from my cold, not sleeping well, but I think also some of it was energy. But when I took Anti-Fatigue caps throughout my ride, there was NO flagging of energy. I had the best and easiest-feeling ride I’d had in months! I’d been liking their gels & perpetuem, and am now a fan of the supplements too!
Friends are Awesome.
I’ve been talking with various people, adn realizing hwo part of what I love about triathlon is the community and friendships I made. I truly love being at the Wellfit gym in the evenings (or mornings) for the camaraderie, and also getting together with my CTC peeps. Shooting the breeze post workout while we stretch or do strength exercises, commisserating on the computrainer, adn learning from each other. Friends who think that a beer mile should precede a happy hour. Or friends who think a fun Saturday evening includes running from bar-to-bar.
I did a bike FTP test on Tuesday, and used a playlist I crated to help keep me pushing as hard as I could through the set. (If you aren’t familiar with cycling, an FTP Test is an all-out 20 minute time trial where you go as hard & fast as you can. It helps set your benchmark for doing interval workouts later on, and is a key part of indoor cycling training.) I also seem to not follow the standard MO of “first 5 minutes lower than FTP, then stay at FTP, then push for the final 5 minutes to improve FTP.” What I’ve done the last several times, and what I have found easier for me is to start out hard (while its easier) and try to hang on. It’s been about 6 months since I did an FTP test and during the first 5 minutes when I’m easily pushing well higher than my FTP and my goal FTP, I was thinking “maybe I’m magically a cycling rock star now.” Well, at least I’ve got to keep that up when I’m in front of my coach! That was motivation enough to keep going.
I’ve been really thinking about how to motivate myself during training, especially pushing myself to go harder and to really improve. A few thoughts on that:
- Kecia, a fellow Coeur Sports ambassador, psoted about her Motivational Arsenal. I’ve been reading/re-reading (I never finished the book last summer) Carrie Cheadle’s mental training book and this sounds similar. Come up with what your arsenal of motivational tools are to get you out there training and pushing yourself.
- I follow Julie Dunkle’s ironman training. She’s been facing some tough workouts, and her coach had the following words of wisdom: “Well. Look at the workout as an opportunity to challenge yourself and just enjoy the process, not the result. Always focus on the process. “
- On my computrainer workout last night, which was a bit mentally tough for me (95%x10 minutes, day after an FTP test). Coach Ted wanted us to be cycling with a high cadence, or frequency of pedal strokes. I easily do 90-95, and he was hoping for 100+ at this effort& length of time. That was hard for me, and I tried something new for me— Mission Impossible: Keep your cadence up! This helped me out. I couldn’t keep up perfectly, but kept trying. “Just one thing.”