I'm only a week into my official sprint triathlon training and I've already noticed one thing: I am starving, all the time. I don't know if it's the brick workouts or the strength training, but a decent-sized meal only satisfies me for perhaps an hour. I've been trying to eat small snacks and meals to keep up without going all cray cray on my calories, but I need to get this in check, STAT.
While I've decided that the scale can go to hell, I want to make sure I'm getting enough fuel for these workouts so that my performance or muscle development doesn't suffer. Any ideas from the endurance athletes out there? Do you schedule your meals and deal with hunger in between or just keep eating?
My gym membership included a session with a personal trainer, which I took advantage of last week. I explained to the guy my fitness goals, including the marathon and eventual Ironman. It was like talking to my dog - just a blank stare. He wasn't sure what to make of triathlons, and told me I was doing too much cardio and should focus on putting on 10 pounds of muscle. I'm 5'3". This is probably as feasible as my 124-pound goal weight.
I decided the guy was definitely full of crap when he told me Taco Bell is the worst thing I can put in my body. False. There's much worse fast food, and I'm sure the supplements he takes also contains chemicals. I really wanted the guy to help me develop a strength routine to fit into my training plan, but we literally spent 17 minutes working out. It was a waste.
So yesterday morning, I hit the weight room, doing the scant exercises he showed me, plus a few other machines and free weights. During my next strength training session, I'm going to start with the area that weren't that sore this morning (back, shoulders, abs, triceps and calves), then moving on to what is absolutely killing me today (all the upper leg/thigh muscles, glutes and chest). I'm thinking that's how I'll proceed in the future, mixing free weights and machines.
This week's motto: Food is fuel, not therapy.