Surprise Triathlon & Some Thoughts on Fuel
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
So I decided sort of last minute to participate in another tri--this weekend! It's on Saturday. It's down at the Jersey shore and includes a 600-yard ocean swim, a 21-mile bike ride, and a 5-mile run. The swim is a little shorter than my sprint in May, the ride is about 4 miles longer, and the run is 2 miles longer, meaning this one is going to be a bit more of a challenge! I'm looking forward to it though!
I've also got another tri 7/24 (Olympic length--1.2-mile swim, 25-mile bike, 10k run), a sprint distance 9/11, and another Olympic distance 10/9. I've also got a 1.5-mile swim race on 7/10, a 5k 7/10, and a 62-mile bike ride 8/14, which I'm raising money for. There are a bunch more 5ks in there--would love to find some intermediate distance runs to do too in my area. All exciting stuff!
I met a pal for shopping and lunch and we stopped at the Cheesecake Factory. Wow, their food is really not good. I had a pasta and shrimp dish and was appalled at the nutrition information later. I ate a small portion of it and honestly have a hard time believing it could have been nearly as loaded with calories as is suggested, considering the terrible lack of flavor and substance. I did have a few bites of cheesecake, however (split three ways), and believe every calorie that was in that--though in that case, each bite was well worth it! All the same, it was a good reminder that even though I'm active enough that a meal like this is more than burned off in the morning before I eat it, I simply don't like to eat like that. It's not the fuel I choose to honor my body with. In fact, eating it leaves me feeling hungry again shortly after, lethargic, unsatisfied, and just... gross. Why would I choose to eat like this? Next time we meet up, I'll suggest a different location. Fueling my body in a way that allows it to perform its best and honors the things it lets me do is becoming increasingly important to me. For a long time, the most important thing for me to consider in terms of what I ate was making sure I balanced the QUANTITY of food with my activity in such a way that created a consistent calorie deficit. Now that weight loss isn't really the goal anymore but I've remained active, the QUALITY of my nutrition is center stage. It's not that I never thought of the quality before or that I'm not mindful of the quantity now... but the balance has certainly--rightly, I believe--shifted!
Hope everyone is having a great week so far!