Sunday, February 24, 2008

Weekend Tidbits

This rainy weather has really got me frustrated. Sitting here in my living room with my laptop, with the rain pounding down outside, I'm feeling like a caged bird...    The nutritional plan is going well. I'm sticking to my list of foods to eat...      My next race is the Montaña de Oro 50k near beautiful Morro Bay, Ca on March 16. It really looks like a beautiful course with spectacular views of the ocean...


THE WEATHER:
This rainy weather has really got me frustrated. Sitting here in my living room with my laptop, with the rain pounding down outside, I'm feeling like a caged bird. I haven't been able to get up to the mountains this weekend, and the whole week has been rainy and cold. Looks like I'm only able to put in 35 miles this week. However, I did put in more time on my time-trial bike, mounted on a stationary trainer, while watching the Tour of California on live webcast. All in all, about 100 miles on my bike. I hope to one day do the Death Valley Cup, which is the combined scoring of the Badwater Ultramarathon (135 mile foot race), and the Furnace Creek 508 (508 mile bike race). I haven't done serious bike riding for a while, so I'm just doing light spinning at around 85 rpm and 115 watts average. I'm trying to get back my cycling legs. On the other hand, this "forced" rest is probably good for me coming off the Sequoia 50k race last weekend. One of the advantages of living in So. Cal. is that we don't have to train in bad weather, as there will be plenty of good days to train in. Why risk getting sick in the wet and cold conditions when you don't have to?

NUTRITION PLAN/BODY COMPOSITION:
The nutritional plan is going well. I'm sticking to my list of foods to eat. It is still too early to tell if it is making any difference. I did feel great on the few run I did do this week; but, I don't know if it was because of the nutrition or the extra rest. Time will tell as I tweak up the mileage to 100-120 miles per week these next few weeks going into my next race, the Montaña de Oro 50k. I'm down to 130 pounds now and leaner than ever; and, I think I can get even leaner without compromising my muscular strength. The nutritional plan I designed meets all the recommended allowances for minerals and vitamins (RDA), and I added allowances for extra losses the endurance athlete experiences. I'm using a 1500 calorie daily limit. I know that sounds little, but, believe it or not, I'm getting the proper protein intake (1.2 g/kg of body weight). And it seems to be working as far as improving my power-to-weight ratio. I'm taking in about 60% carbohydrates, 30% proteins, and 10% fats (most of the fat is non-animal fat). What really surprised me is the amount of sodium I needed to take in on a daily basis to compensate for losses in sweat.

NEXT RACE:
My next race is the Montaña de Oro 50k near beautiful Morro Bay, Ca on March 16. It really looks like a beautiful course with spectacular views of the ocean. As my time improved from Calico to Sequoia, I'm hoping to improve further even when the course will include more climbing. I will again use this as a training run; and will test out more nutritional and hydration strategies. This time I'm thinking about carrying two hand bottles, as aid stations are 7-8 miles apart; and using an all liquid food source. Although I have never had stomach issues on a run before, I have read that liquid foods digest much faster and absorb quicker than solid food. I will give it a try.

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