Goodness gracious, I've been meaning to write again for ages. Here are my excuses:
1. I have 19 jobs, but not yet a full-time gig. Please say a little prayer for me to get the Whole Foods regional marketing job. Thank you.
2. I interview, prepare to interview and stress about interviewing.
3. I ride my bike a lot when I am not at one of said 19 jobs or obsessing about interviews.
4. I (we) am (are) wedding planning?
5. I am looking for a place in which to co-
habitate with the new fee-ance.
So that about sums it up. Meanwhile, I do have a few things to report:
1. Page Valley weekend was a blast. We stayed at my parental units' mountain house in Sperryville and drove over Skyline to get to the races. Brian raced both days, I opted not to do the 8 am RR and just raced the crit on Sunday. I heard the women's 4 RR was much like a group ride, so I supposed I should have manned up. I enjoyed meeting some of the GamJams folks and talking about Whole Foods post-RR! Hope you cats had a safe ride home.
The crit was a total blast. Awesome, awesome course.
I am glad I do the Tuesday Conte's hill ride every week, or I would have been SOL. Even still, of the 9 who came out...there were three other women (including Monika from NCVC) who could seriously climb...they were top 3 at the RR as well. The other two were from some VA beach team I think, and their legs skeered me. When I saw each of them attack on a preme lap, I realized I would not be able to beat them in a sprint. Instead of planning accordingly, I came around the last turn 4th wheel and, as such, came in 4th. Meh. A learning experience, I suppose.
The course was SO MUCH FUN. I wish we had more crits like this one.
2. Have been doing some reading on Glycemic load implications. I've heard mixed reviews as to whether GI/GL is really all that important...and what I've gathered is that for athletes who work out a ton, it's less of an issue than for those who are inactive. In fact, focusing on glycemic load is pretty darned important for athletes in that initial 30-minute post-exercise window (reference any of the books I have quoted before...Paleo Diet for Athletes & Racing Weight, for example).
Here is the bottom line according to moi, so take it for what it's worth...(perhaps not much): you want to take in low alkaline/high glycemic foods in the 30 minute window after long or hard workouts. The low alkaline part is important because if you start filling your bod with acidic foods, you aren't helping repair the stresses and inflammation your muscles have just incurred. The glycemic load is important because you want to replace your lost glycogen stores as efficiently as possible, and the body does this MOST efficiently within that 30 minute window.
**When you feed your body glucose, your blood sugar rises and you release insulin. The insulin drives sugar into cells to use immediately for energy...any excess sugar gets stored in the liver and muscles as glycogen. After a long/hard workout, you most likely have ripped through any immediate energy stores as well as your glycogen stores. As such, you need to replace the stores so you don't have a shat workout the next day, when your body once again burns through immediate energy and looks for glycogen stores to use up. With me? Wondrous! [Side note: for inactive peeps, it is likely their glycogen stores are chock-full most of the time...and any excess glucose is converted to triglycerides and stored as body fat. Sucks for them.]**
Some good suggestions for 30-minute window foods:
- The Paleo Diet for Athletes recovery drink (includes dextrose powder, fruit juice, fruit, some kind of protein - I use egg whites, I also add L-glutamine powder). I usually only make this after a race...it is pretty caloric, and I don't necessarily need it after every workout.
- Raisins - so money and easy to have on hand in my jersey pocket so I don't have to eat chili after the Tuesday night ride. Really any dried fruit will do, but raisins are more alkaline than most. Look how happy they are:
- Yams - you may have picked up on my love for yams. Not always practical, but a fabulous option if available.
- Banana - particularly a nice, ripe one. My problem is that I need to eat like 9 of them to feel like I've eaten anything. But I do love a banana.
- Pumpkin - although we're in the midst of a crazy pumpkin shortage, if you weren't aware.
- Watermelon - just ask Keck. He ate two huge watermelons after both races this weekend. That, and a steak. Don't you want to be like Keck?
- Cantaloupe. I like to eat whole cantaloupes in one sitting, just for kicks. LOVE. If they aren't ripe, however, it ruins my day.
**Got this info from "Glycemic Control for Health" from the fabulous Dr. Safayan.