This is a completely disorganized post of random thoughts. None of which have to do with my dear bike lover, Scott. Sorry.
I had my resting metabolic rate tested a couple weeks ago. I went in on a rest day first thing in the morning, prior to having eaten anything, as any strenuous activity or food digestion could alter the test results. I sat in a chair, read the newspaper and breathed into a face maskfor 15 minutes. It measured all kinds of things in my breath, likely stale morning breath (I did brush my teeth though!). It then calculated my metabolic rate, if I sit in bed and do nothing. Result – 1,460 calories burned. It then gave a carbs to fat ratio, 93% carb and 8% fat (yes they add up to greater than 100). Okay, so I guess I need to factor in that I need this many calories in addition to what I burn during my regular workouts. Good to know.
After a consult with the nutritionist I learned that I 1. have a low metabolism (sad) and 2. am technically overeating (more sad). I thought 1,460 was about normal, maybe a little low, but the Nutritionist’s reaction was surprise. She then asked if I ever weighed more previously. Hmm…yes, a little bit in college. But in college I hardly worked out, definitely ate and drank horridly toxic things and at horridly inappropriate hours. Duh. What does the high carbs to fat mean? A regular, healthy gym going person would likely see about a 50/50 here. An Ironman training psychotic athlete (me) would ideally see more like an 85/15 or so. What does 93/8 mean? According to her, it means I’m over eating. I am maintaining my svelt figure by working out upwards of 15+ hours a week. And will likely have to continue this habit into my old age as my metabolism declines in order to maintain said svelt figure. Boo.
Ironman announced this week a new full distance event for 2010 – Ironman St. George, in Utah. Woo hoo! This looks like a great event in a beautiful scenic area of Utah, currently known for the St. George marathon. It will be May 1, 2010. I’m already tempted to join in the fun for the event with several of my teammates stepping up, but I should really get my first Ironman under the belt before I start committing to another one!
Last night was my weekly track workout at Kezar. For fun, we did a 2-mile time trial to set our baseline for the season. For fun. Right. It’s been a looooong time since I’ve done one of these thrilling things. I started out at a 1:45/400m pace. I felt good, but also wondered if I was going out just a little too fast. Maintained this going into lap 4 , but somewhere lost 5 seconds. Mile 1 @ 7:05. Laps 5,6,7,8 are kind of a blur. I think I started breathing really hard around lap 6. Lost a few seconds here and there, final time – 14:24. I was pacing pretty well, but probably backed off just slightly in a few spots where I wasn’t sure if I cold hold the pace. Of course in retrospect, I always think I could have gone harder. Then I looked at my average heart rate, 166. My threshold test yielded a 164. So in conclusion, yes, pretty sure I could have gone a little harder. I’m in no hurry to prove myself right though.
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Finally, it’s March Madness. Wake faces Cleveland State tomorrow. Go Deacs!