Random thought #1:
Swimming and the crazy uncontrollable hunger that accompanies it
I'm sure that all my tri buddies can attest to the fact that swimming makes you hungry. Not- I just ran for 2 hours- hungry. Not- I just biked 100 miles- hungry. You swim 4000 meters and get- I can't remember when I ate last, if I don't get food now I just might die, I think my stomach is eating itself- hungry. And this lasts at least 24 hours. Ever wonder why this happens? Well so have researchers:
While the old myth goes that you should wait two hours after swimming before hopping in the pool, apparently no one ever had such a policy against eating after swimming. And many find that their stomach begins to rumble soon after a session in the pool. While researchers aren't sure what causes these hunger pains, it has been shown that swimming is not as effective for weight loss as other forms of aerobic exercise.
"Many people who do a lot of exercise have recognized that when they swim, they're not able to lose as much weight as when they run or when they ride," says Dr. White.
In fact, a study published in February in the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism, Dr. White shows that exercising in cold water may cause you to eat even more afterwards then exercising in warmer water.
In the study, two groups of students rode a stationary bike underwater for 45 minutes. One group was in 68 degree Fahrenheit water, while the other group rode in 91 degree Fahrenheit water. After the exercise, both groups were led to a waiting room for one hour, with food available. After the session, those who exercised in cold water ate an average of 877 calories afterwards, while those who exercised in the warm water only ate 608 calories. Considering that both groups only burned a little over 500 calories exercising, these extra bites can make a big difference.
"When people are exposed to different temperatures, there are a lot of things that change, including blood-flow characteristics, the hormones that are secreted during exercise and the body temperature during and after exercise," says Dr. White, "Collectively, some of these changes may certainly have an effect on appetite."
Random thought #2
I am weight training retarded
I have come to the point in my season where I want to start from scratch, build up my fitness and tone up my body. However, I couldn't be more clueless about how to go about that. So I have taken to my gym, twice a week to look like an idiot navigating my way through the endless rows of weight benches. My current genious plan just has me spending 30 minutes in the back row, doing one complete body circuit of 3 X 10 reps. No particular order, no particular goal. I am so excited to get started with the coach to work on this.
Because come on people. You know why we really do triathlons: to look good naked. Don't deny it!
Random thought # 3
Rain Sucks and it ruins nice weekend cycling plans
Random thought # 4
I apologize to anyone out there going to the west coast next week
Because the weather will most definitely suck big time. Why? Because I'm going there. Want to hear my travel history?
-I think my first run-in with the weather was my brother's wedding. Supposed to be in Antigua- October 1996. At time of planned wedding the island was underwater after being hit head on by a hurricaine.
-My first trip to Cali, New Year 2000 for the Rose Bowl. Coldest new year on record. Happy 21st birthday, Jodi. Here's some pneumonia (no exaggeration)
-My first (and only) trip to Bermuda, May 2001. Coldest and wettest memorial day ever. Happy graduation.
- My first trip to San Fran, April 2006. Wettest spring ever.
Cross your fingers the "Big One" doesn't hit Sep 26-30. That would be just about right for my trip
Random thought #5
I eat far too much fruit
So I have been trying to clean up my diet lately. I have gone as "whole foods" as I can possibly manage. The only "processed" foods I've kept in my diet are whole wheat pasta, workout foods (Cliff, Gu, and Powerbar) and organic bread. This is very difficult. I mean, I'm sure I will figure out a way to do this better eventually, but eating 5 pieces a fruit a day is a little bit obnoxious. I think I am going to make my own granola for a snack and bring some carrots for variety. It's not like I'm trying to win the crown of Miss Regular. But on a positive note I feel pretty great and I'm sleeping like a baby. Oh, yeah- I'm also slowly cutting out my coffee. Don't worry, the Blue Moon in my beer fridge is not in any imminent danger. Well, only of me drinking it.
Random thought #6
I love fall a lot more when I have time to enjoy it
I mean, I haven't even watched one entire flippin football game on TV! That is just pure insanity. I am the girl that derives scorn from her roommates for monopolizing the couch all day and night on Saturday. The one who the roommates huddle around and laugh at as she plays her "On Wisconsin" bobblehead and dances at every touchdown. Oh, how I miss football... Maybe in October.
Random thought #7
Joining the triathlon club was the best move I've ever made. Ever.
How awesome are my teammates? So amazingly awesome and inspiring, and nice, and funny, and driven, and FUN! They introduced me to Blogger. Which has introduced me to more awesome and inspiring and nice and funny and driven and FUN people. I am so thankful for all my new friends in Cleveland and the blogosphere. I feel so lucky.