Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Easy Swim Night

Swim Report

I had the car yesterday so stopped at the swimming pool on the way home from work. I wanted to work on my freestyle a little bit, but the pool was pretty full. I tried a lap with the freestyle stroke but knocked at least two people in the head, so switched to the breast stroke. I swam about 1200-1300 meters (lost count along the way) and decided to call it a night.

Diet Report

I read somewhere that generally people are more hungry after swimming than after running. This is a result of the body needing more energy to stay warm in cold water or something like that. I tend to agree as I was famished by the time I got home. I wisely drank about a liter of water and ate a green salad right away to try to halt the hunger attack before I cleaned out the refrigerator. A little pasta and some warm broccoli and I was good to go.

It has been a hard week so far with the diet, my appetite has been almost uncontrollable, I have to really fight to keep from eating too much. I’m down a pound so far this week, but it has been a major fight. It is really hard to train for a marathon and try to diet at the same time - you have to really watch out for too many junk calories (e.g. alchohol, fats, sugars, etc.)! Timing is also important - I eat a little more (usually carbs and some protein) the night before a long run because I know I need the energy and will burn it off anyway.

Good luck on the diet. I'm sticking with it, but loss has stalled. Sounds like you are doing really well!
Dieting seems to be a delicate balancing act when training for long distance events. On the one hand I find myself wanting to lose weight and on the other I know I need to be properly fueled. I wish I had a degree in nutrition so that I could find that proper balance. Good luck with the weight loss and the training.
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