Ironman Texas Training VLOG - Week #7

The week that was.  It was a LONG week of training with over 15 hours put into this past week.  Nearly 50% of that came from Saturday and Sunday, but I can tell you that on Thursday I was wiped out.  I could barely keep my eyes open and almost fell asleep at 7am. This week took on grandiose portions as I had my longest swim session ever (4000 yards) as well as the longest bike ride ever (4.5 hours.)  The training for Week #8 is coming at the perfect time as it is a tad scaled back which will allow my body to recover.  The mind is there and focused but I can feel the body starting to get beat up a bit and so this pull back is perfect. One thing that I have really been focusing in on has been my nutrition and not so much as to what goes in but more about when.  With these training sessions being longer and harder than ever before I want to make sure that I am recovering properly and so I took note as to when I was consuming food and I have a pattern now that works great and has helped me feel ready for the next day's workout. My routine in the morning is the same, with a smoothie at 3am and 1 hour nap then working out by 5am.  Here is where the change took place.  I am now coming home and getting a Herbalife24 Endurance Recovery smoothie in me within 30 minutes of finishing my workout.  Then two hours from the completion of the workout I am consuming a high-carb meal.  From there I am really focusing in on my hunger queues and eating when that occurs as opposed to what my mind thinks of hunger.  This usually happens around 1pm and then around 3pm I have a snack.  Dinner around 530-6p and that is more of a protein focused meal.  At 745p I am consuming a high-carb snack so that all glycogen levels are ready for the next day. This routine has kept me fueled very well during this long week, and one that I will stick to until it proves me wrong. Numbers to date are:
  • Swim: 35 miles (3% of total miles)
  • Bike: 843 miles (78% of total miles)
  • Run: 206 miles (19% of total miles
  • Total Miles: 1084
 
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Jason Bahamundi

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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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