Friday, February 27, 2009

113 Days and Counting...

-Breakfast: Honey wheat bagel with peanut butter, 2 cups of coffee.
-Lunch: Cup of Ramen, piece of fruit leather, bottle of vitamin water.
-Dinner: Can of vegetable beef soup, goldfish crackers.
-Snacks: 2 pieces of fruit leather, bag of fruit snacks, 2 peanut butter granola bars, rice krispy treat, handful of almonds, handful of fritos, bottle of vitamin water, bottle of propel, 24 oz cran-raspberry juice.

-Training: Swim, 32 minutes straight, focused on form, RPE 4. Tried to keep my pace down today, and just focus on efficiency, and nice, smooth, form. My effort felt very low, but some of the speed work must be paying off, as my last 100 was at 1:36.

Bike, 60 minutes on the trainer. 15 minutes easy warm up small ring RPE 3, 30 minutes big ring RPE 7, 15 minute cool down RPE 3. Just punching the clock on the bike today, nothing special.

The focus on efficiency brought back an article that I read the first go-round, and had a big impact on my approach to training. The point that the article made, was that an average marathoner will take about 28,000 steps during the course of the race. A minor flaw in your form that costs 1 calorie every 10 steps adds up to an additional 2800 calories spent during the run... A bit of a stretch, yes, but you get the point. Economy of movement enables you to race longer, more comfortably. Which is important if it's going to take 15 hours. :-)

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