What a week! Things were pretty crazy at work in the lead up to the holiday shut down. I was able to get through the madness with relative calm. This is an indication that the various methods I've been experimenting are working, namely with diet and mediation. Sleep is one thing that is suffering right now however due to the summer heat, and a general increase to energy as a result of all the extra lovely sun. I've only hit my 8hr sleep target once in the last week, but I'm not too worried now that I'm on holidays, meaning I will have plenty of time to catch up on zee's.
Now on to the training. I've got a race coming up on 3 Feb. It's a 7 hour solo XC mountain bike race that I will be travelling interstate for. I have not completed a solo race in a long time as most of the racing I've completed in the last few years has been in teams, or shorter individual XC races. It's going to be a challenge, but one that I am looking forward to because it will enable me to put some of the recent changes to the test. These include the transition to a low-carb diet, the introduction of jogging into my training, and generally just more recovery. I've really tried to focus on the less is more philosophy and I must say that so far things are going really well. Today was my first long (5hr) XC ride on the mountain bike. Normally I was be smashing the gels and energy drink down and dealing with the inevitable sugar crash that follows, hoping not to bonk out before completing the training ride. However this time I found myself (to my surprise) feeling very comfortable, energetic, and happy that I was able to complete the ride on x2 hard boiled eggs, a handful of cashews, almonds, and plain water. By the end of the ride my muscles felt like they had ridden 80km's (some fatigue), but I felt alert to the point that I could have ridden another 20km. Next week I'm going to increase the duration to 6hrs. I'll add another hard boiled egg to the mix, along with the nuts, and maybe some chopped up avocado.
The body weight it continuing to drop and I am now hovering in the high 70's kg mark. This is close to the 69kg I want to hit come February. Super happy with the weight loss so far and don't feel like it is taxing my strength. In fact, strength gains have been made through the gradual increase of poundage on a weekly basis. Now it's time to sleep, recover, and grow!
I'm a 36 year old male from Carwoola, New South Wales, a small rural area situated just outside of Canberra, Australia. I'll be using this blog to share my experiences with training, dieting, and other methods to optimise overall well being. The basic idea behind all of this is to have lots of fun with the learning and experimentation process. It's worth noting that what may work well for me may not work as well for others. I also don't think there are right or wrong answers, as things are constantly changing and evolving.