Wednesday, July 25, 2012

#2 Swim Workout, Tired Body, Strong Mind, and Changing Eating Habits

Woke up today tired. I was up at 5:30 and tried a new electrolyte drink prior to my swim. I did not eat anything so I think that is part of the reason I was tired on the swim today. My new electrolyte drink comes from the Thrive books I have been reading. I have consumed one already and am immersed in the second book. I have many ideas to share, but I know that I need to read the books again and take notes and document my thoughts. Right now, my head is just swirling with great information and some things I can do to improve my nutrition, eating habits, and hopefully results in my training.

So back to the drink. I mixed 1.5 cups of coconut water with a cup of Yerba Mate tea. I put the teabag in a cup in the fridge overnight. I drank half of this concoction before and mixed the second half in a water bottle with water for during the workout. The taste is simple and all of the ingredients are natural and raw. Nothing artificial, no sugar loading, etc. My goal is to slowly reduce my sugar and artificial food items in my diet and replace more with healthy, natural foods. It is not easy, but I am finding it easier to do than I previous thought. The major key is to simply not buy junk. Such a simple task, but yet so difficult. I bought $250 of groceries the other day and the first thing Amanda asked was, "Where is the food?" It changes the make-up of the food pantry and not seeing bags of snacks really makes it feel like we have no food in the house. One step at a time. I look forward to seeing some changes as I continue to journal my daily food intake, stresses, sweat rate, and overall feeling.

Today I was tired. I think part of this is due to getting back into the swing of training after taking one week off and just being a mess with sleep, food, and vacation. The other part is my body starting to deal with the fact that I am not loading it with sugar and non-essential food that provides nothing beneficial to the body. Now, don't get me wrong I am far from eating perfect, but the changes are enough that my body is feeling the effects of not being loaded with sugar and caffeine.

My pool workout today called for 3200 yards. I realized as I pulled up to the Y that I forgot my watch so I don't have time splits today.

200 free
200 pull
200 kick

Main Set
1200 yard - I swam this at what I felt was a pretty hard pace. I was breathing heavy and quite tired by the end. I don't know if I was swimming fast or just swimming at a pace my body felt was difficult. My legs and body were tired today so I have no gauge of time without my watch. It felt good to push my body a bit when tired.

100 kick

5 x 100 with 30 second rest - These were tough. the last 25 yards I could really feel my body hit a wall today. I don't normally feel this tired, but my body was hitting a wall today.

100 Kick

100 Pull
200 Free
200 Pull
100 Free
100 Kick

Afterwards I hit up the sauna for 15 minutes. I love sitting in there just gathering my thoughts. I put this time in the sauna towards the Bix this weekend. I went back and read my old posts from last year from the Bix. It seemed I was hitting some running walls like I am now this same time last year while I was training for the marathon. I am going to reassess my Bix goals and come up with a plan for the race this weekend.

Try to stay cool everyone as the temp hits over 100 degrees today.

I did not get in my bike workout yesterday as I was too tired so I will take care of that today, but probably on the trainer as Amanda is back in class again today and I am home with the kids.
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