What Constitutes A Perfect Day?

Perfect days can be the result of nailing a training session, or a good report from your kids teacher.  Maybe you got that big contract signed but regardless of how you define perfect those days can be such a confidence boost and keep you going into the next day. Recently I came across an article written by Matt Fitzgerald for Triathlon magazine and found it to be very interesting.  It was titled The Perfect Day and discussed all the items we, as endurance athletes, talk about.  Those items were when to train, how much to sleep and nutrition.  Nutrition was broken down [caption id="attachment_4959" align="alignright" width="259" caption="Each Day Brings An Opportunity To Work At Perfecting Your Task"]ironman_triathlon_training_day[/caption] into what to eat and when to eat it.  It discussed how and what you should eat should you be an early morning workout warrior or a late in the day training maniac. As a person who trains very early in the morning I was intrigued by the 'guidelines' presented by the article but what I enjoyed the most was how a perfect day was laid out (by hour for those Type A people....know of any?) depending on when you workout.  Now that the holidays are over I am going to do my best to apply these guidelines and see if my workouts improve or if I feel any better. What I am hoping for is that I don't find that perfect day because I love the pursuit of knowledge in how the body reacts to nutrition and sleep.  The more I read and process the more I learn about what my body needs to successfully accomplish the training plan.  The one thing I noticed about his perfect day is that it skips snacks and for me the perfect day includes mid-day snacking.  I tend to eat smaller calorie meals and supplement with snacks in between.  I tried to eat bigger meals and have felt sluggish throughout the day and have reverted back to multiple smaller calorie meals and have my mojo back.  So I guess even the perfect day needs to be tweaked to match your own needs.  As they say:  One Size DOES NOT fit all. Here are the perfect days as described by Matt Fitzgerald in this article: Perfect Day 1a: Here’s a perfect workweek day for the triathlete who works full-time, trains once a day and prefers to work out in the morning. 6:15 High-carb snack  (e.g., banana) 6:30-7:30 Workout 7:45 High-carb breakfast 8:30-12:30 Work 12:30 High-carb lunch 1:00-5:00 Work 6:00 High-protein dinner 9:45 High-protein snack 10:00-6:00 Sleep Perfect Day 1b: Here’s a perfect workweek day for the triathlete who works full-time, trains once a day and prefers to work out in the afternoon. If you follow this schedule, be sure to train in the morning at least once a week—perhaps on the weekends, if that’s most convenient—to adapt to morning exercise. 6:30 High-carb breakfast 8:00-12:00 Work 12:00 High-carb lunch 12:30-4:30 Work 4:30-5:30 Workout 6:00 High-protein dinner 9:45 High-protein snack 10:00-6:00 Sleep Perfect Day 2: Here’s a perfect workweek day for the triathlete who works full-time and trains twice a day. 5:45 High-carb snack  (e.g., banana) 6:00-7:00 Workout 7:15 High-carb breakfast 8:00-12:30 Work 12:30 High-carb lunch 1:00-4:30 Work 4:30-5:30 Workout 6:00 High-protein dinner 9:15 High-protein snack 9:30-5:30 Sleep  

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Jason Bahamundi

About the Author:

I grew up in New York and lived there for 34 years until I got divorced and moved 1600 miles to my new home in Texas.  I love New York and miss it but that does not mean that Texas hasn’t been great to me because it has.  It was here that I discovered endurance sports and specifically the sport of triathlon.  Triathlon has given me new life through all the challenges it presents.  I no longer look at life the same way and I can say that is in part due to my endeavor into this sport.

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