Tuesday, May 10, 2011

So Many Numbers

This weekend my mind was swimming with numbers...it's funny because before I began training for an Ironman I thought I was pretty good at Math, but once the exhaustion of training kicks in, well....let's just say by Sunday evening my two friends and I were about to leave $13 each on a $58 dollar tab, thinking we were being really generous with the tip. :) So how did my mind turn to mush this weekend?

Well, Saturday we had a double brick in Yountville:

38 mile bike ride, then 4 mile run, then another 38 mile bike ride, and then another 4 mile run. So a total of 84 miles. In that time I consumed 800 calories of liquid lemony stuff, 200 calories of GU, and 120 calories of Shot blocks. So a total of 1,120 calories in 7 hours and 50 minutes. Then when I was done I had another 620 calories with my chicken pasta salad with peanut sauce.
Jasmine and I before the brick began. I wasn't quite as clean or as full of energy by the end of the day. 
I got home and went to bed at 8:30.

Sunday I woke up at 7:00am and drove to Ocean Beach, where I started my 18 mile run. I maintained a 10 minute run/2 minute walk throughout the whole thing. I ran up through Golden Gate Park to the panhandle, then back down and over to Lake Merced. Then I ran around Lake Merced and back up highway 1 to Ocean beach. It took me 3 hours and 34 minutes, which was an 11:49 minute mile (which I was quite happy with, considering I had worked out for almost 8 hours the day before). In that time I drank 330 calories of Gatorade. It seems like I don't need as many calories if I am just running and not biking.
Finished my run on Ocean Beach
All in all I worked out for 11 hours and 20 minutes. I think I burned about 5,480 calories on Saturday and 2,425 calories on Saturday.  But I was sure to get them all back in me by having Crispy Fish Tacos Nick's Way and chips and guacamole with my mom for lunch on Sunday, and then two big slices of pesto, bacon, black olives Zachary's pizza with Jess and Magi for dinner.

I went to bed at 7pm on Sunday night and slept for 12 hours! Now there are 109 days left until Ironman, and I have a feeling things are just going to keep getting harder. Good thing I completely enjoyed myself this weekend. Bootcamp is this weekend: Bring It On!


1 comment:

  1. While the logic of running 18 miles the day after a triple brick and the week after a half-ironman escapes me, I'm proud to see that you are tracking your caloric intake and dialing in your workout nutrition. That simple exercise of knowing what your body can handle hour after hour will pay huge dividends come race day. Remember to dial total calories/hour back (down) by at least 20% when the temperatures go over 90 degrees. Its a fantastic experience up in Canada, you will love it.