This weekend marked the end of week 4 of Ironman training. Wow has January flown by! Gonna do a January totals post in a couple days.
So Saturday I did my last Saturday AM swim workshop with my coach. ~3,000 yards later we finished up the swim with 5 x 50 all out set. EVERYONE was struggling. You could hear the groans and heavy breathing after every 50 and you could see the anxiety on everyone's face with the inevitable of another 50 coming. Let's just say I have nicknamed my coach "Slave Driver." He sure knows how to work ya!
After I got home from the swim workshop, it was 2:20:00 on the trainer followed by a 3 mile run. The 3 mile run was not a good one. My legs were feeling it.
This morning was the top of the peak of the week. This week alone has been a big one, giving me just under 14 hours of efforts. I had a 1:45:00 run on tap which yielded a 12.17 mile run. It was not one of my best runs to date and my legs felt flat and like crap the entire time. I kept reminding myself: "JUST WAIT TILL YOU GOTTA RUN THAT LITTLE `OLE MARATHON AFTER THAT 112 MILE BIKE. YOU THINK THIS FEELS HARD?!??!?!?!"
This run put me back in place and made me swallow my pride. I am proud of the fact that I ran 32 miles and swam over 10K yards this past week. I biked just over 100 miles on the trainer, but who knows how accurate that is. Sure was a hard 100 miles!
So I found a replacement for Cinnamon Toast Crunch. For those of you who don't know, last season I was eating a box a week of that stuff. It was my rocket fuel! But after eating probably 20 or so boxes of that stuff last year, I kinda got burned out on the stuff and the milk made me feel bloated. I would eat 3 huge bowls of it before a long ride. It worked! But the above started to disagree with me, especially my taste buds.
I have been experimenting with oatmeal (not the instant kind). I have figured out a base recipe with which I can add any fruit to it. It is yummy, simple. easy to go down, doesn't disagree with me, and provides plenty of energy. Did I mention its yummy?
1/2 cup Quaker oats
2/3 cup water
2 lumps white sugar (or sweeten to taste, or use honey)
dusting of cinnamon
1/2 peeled & diced granny smith apple OR a cut up banana OR cutup strawberries OR a mix of any of the three
Combine water and oats (and if using apple, the peeled diced 1/2 apple), cover with plastic and nuke for 90 seconds. Add two lumps of sugar and dusting of cinnamon and stir to combine. If using banana or strawberries, add with the sugar and cinnamon.
I like the consistency it makes. Yeah it uses plain white sugar, but you are going to use it as fuel immediately so who cares. One bowl, depending on the fruit you use, will yield about 250-300 calories of energy. It is quite filling which is another good thing. Just gotta watch out with the fiber from the oats, so I will only eat a max 2 bowls.
Hope you had a good weekend!