I am having a hard time focusing on one subject today, so I think I’ll go random…
I literally froze my butt off yesterday on my run. Well, not off, it is certainly still there.
But I was fooled. It was 0 degrees and sunny.
The sun is such a trickster.
So I dressed like it was 20 degrees. Because the sun looked warm and I am stupid.
I knew after about 15 seconds that I wasn’t dressed warm enough. But I figured I’d get warm.
So I kept going.
I came back with light frost burn on my ENTIRE butt.
If it wasn’t on my butt I would show you pictures for proof.
I decided to get in the shower to warm it up. Bad idea.
I was immediately ITCHY ITCHY ITCHY (think worse than poison ivy) all over (especially my butt).
I looked like a sunburned lobster in all of the “fat storing” areas of my body, except I did it with the cold.
The upside is that I learned something new, you can get frost burn, and it likes to burn you on the fattiest parts of your body.
I think I just called myself a fat ass.
I was at the local bar over New Years (I was DD) and a person (friend? See, I am not even sure) came up to me…very serious and asked me how I was doing.
I said fine, thanks.
He looked at me intensely, “We are worried about you. You are working out too much – are you losing more weight? We think you have a problem.”
I reply that I don’t have a problem. That I eat like a pig and my IM build doesn’t start until February, so I am pretty light on the training hours right now, only doing 8-12 depending on the week.
Glazed eyes. Shaking head. Concerned look. Held, intense eye contact “We are really concerned.”
Who is we and why do I feel like I am on an episode of Intervention? I walked way entirely ticked off and frustrated.
kind dickhead enough to point out to me that denial and anger are the first two of the five stages of addiction.
I wanted to punch him in the face.
I guess I am stuck on the anger stage then.
In this place…in this world…It is NOT considered a problem if you spend 8-10 hours a NIGHT drinking at the bar, but it is considered a very serious problem if you spend the same amount of time in a week training for a personal goal.
I have never felt better and I am pretty darn close to my high school size. Which is crazy.
The hard part of this for me is re-thinking my fueling for endurance sports – my primary fuel is going to be fat (if you are interested, check out THIS interview with record holding Ultrarunner William Sichel, it is a great listen, he is simply amazing - and he talks about how he uses fat for fuel among lots of other things).
The thing is, for higher intensity work or for a mental pick-up, I am going to use some sugar. I’ll be experimenting with trickling sugar – which means taking small amounts over a longer period of time instead of the gel every 45 minutes. In theory, I’ll be using a heck of a lot LESS of that stuff and more of the fats.
For fat, I am trying a bunch of things, including Generation Ucan and this combo:
I haven’t really done much training over 2 hours at this point, so I am not close to settling on what I am going to use for fuel.
I see a lot of people reacting in various ways to this – and some are throwing stones at a high fat NSNG diet – which is fine, people throw stones at everything - but what I know is that it works for me and I am simply sharing my personal experience.
I took Porter out for a nice snowshoe along Wyman Lake this morning, here are a few pictures.
Thanks for reading!