August 6, 2015
Sorry everyone, I’ve been REAL BAD about updating my blog. I have about a dozen posts partially done, and several race reports. Training for Challenge Roth 140.6 just consumed my free time. However… I will continue to probably be bad until after Ironman Madison 140.6 (IMOO) coming up 9/13. After that I promise to get caught up!
However, I keep forgetting to post but I hit a milestone and I wanted to talk about it!
As many of you know back in December I set a weight loss goal for my race at Challenge Roth. I wasn’t able to weigh myself before I left, but when I got back (and got over my cold!) I did and found that I had indeed killed off that 1 last pound which had been sticking around for a total of 34lbs. Yippee! I feel great and it really has helped with my running, of course. Every pound lost does for someone of my size!
With that goal done and IMOO coming 9/13 I’ve set a NEW goal for the NEW race. I am working towards another 5lbs before 9/13. I would really love to get more, but I think this is realistic.
Trying to loose weight DURING 140.6 is far harder than normal (which seems counter-intuitive with all the workouts!), because you have to eat A LOT just to fuel your body. The final phase of training for long course triathlon is kind of crazy as some days you are burning upwards of 4000-5000 calories and you just cannot allow yourself to get underfueled. If you try to hit a big calorie deficit, to loose weight, you don’t recover and the next workout(s) are brutally difficult.
Remember – if you don’t have a goal, how can you make choices to get you there? Weight loss requires choices and determination. It’s 70% eating, 30% exercising. I am finding more and more the days (and it’s many days in a row) that I eat “CLEAN” the easier it is to continue the loss. The days I eat “dirty” (fast food, overly processed food, alcohol, etc) those are not as successful.