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This past week was my first full week of training since my marathon. I did nothing but rest the first week. The second week I ran twice. This week I’m back to Barry Pollack’s 1-2-3 method. With my basic unit being 30 minutes of running, I’ve got about 18 miles in the bag from the previous five days. Today I’m scheduled for a 90 minute run.
My legs feel surprisingly good.
And even now that it’s been 3 weeks after my marathon, half hour and hour runs seem so damned short.
Current plan is to hold the volume steady at 300 minutes of running per week and use the 3 single unit days to work on speed by inserting k-pumps into every hill on my route.
After over two years of ownership, I’ve finally begun the process of getting The Bride of Frankenbike properly fitted by a professional.
The fitter didn’t recommend many changes, adding 3cm of rise on my aerobars, a new seat from a guy that apparently sells bike seats out his apartment, and a slightly shorter stem with slightly more rise.
The saddle is by Koobi. The tri models come in three shades of cushiness. I opted for the hardest seat. There are exceptions but a sore ass from riding is usually not fixed by padding. It’s more likely to be either (a) being out of shape or (b) a poor bike fit that puts too much pressure on your arse or (c) a seat that doesn’t support your derrière correctly. On that last bit, you want your seat to support your “sit bones”. A seat that’s too wide will push in on your cheeks and increase the pressure in all the wrong places. A seat that’s too narrow will miss your sit bones and put all the pressure on your soft and tender bits.
I did an inaugural 30 mile ride this morning with some folks from the local tri-club. It felt remarkably good even without the replacement stem installed yet.
This ride was also the inaugural test of single-serving packets of peanut butter as a fueling mechanism. On my long runs building up to my marathon and in in previous half-ironman races, I’ve been alternating between meat snacks (e.g. Slim Jim Premium Links) and some sort of carb (e.g. Kind bars) every 30 minutes. It’s worked well. But I’m trying to reduce the amount of meat I eat. The peanut butter seems to work well.
This Pete Buttigieg guy looks like the real deal. Barring any scandals, I think he’ll end up being one of the top three contenders in this year’s Democratic primary cycle.
There are people whose policies I like better. For the most part I want those people to stay in the Senate. Policy matters far more in the Senate and, where it doesn’t, it’s mostly because the Senate has delegated too much power to the President. I’d like to see the Senate take most of the power it’s delegated back to leave the executive branch much more of an executive branch rather than it’s current configuration of being quasi-legislative on top of being executive.
In case you missed it, the the original Belly demos are now all available for free download.
Operation Get Small, Grow Weak and Die seems to have hit a plateau. I pretty easily dropped the weight I put on during my rest week before my marathon over the two weeks after my marathon. But now I’m pretty much just hanging out at pretty much the same weight, although my body fat % has stayed down in the 22 to 23 percent range rather than going back up.
It’s a hard balance. If I don’t eat enough calories, I start getting light headed.
I suppose what I need to do is eat more high quality foods. Which is hard when I’m effectively cooking for one.
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