Since the ‘excitement’ of finding out just what I won’t be able to eat once Christmas is done, I’ve subjected myself to yet more tests, continued training and received my physiotherapy plan for my weak hip flexors. Now I spend a good hour lying all over the floor, or falling off a Swiss ball before I can even begin to contemplate whether to shave or get dressed!
The further tests were intriguing, more of a formality than the others although whilst in the most part they were fairly mundane and expected (glucose normal, not diabetic, pulse AOK, VO2 max perfectly adequate….) there were two anomalies that disappointed me and I will be looking to address. Firstly my fat percentage is higher than I would hope (even if I have lost half a stone in recent months….who knows just how bad it was before!!) as was my blood pressure. Surely these aspects will be rectified by my New Year diet plan and subsequent exercise routine, and my posture will be helped by the myriad of stretches I perform every morning! Indeed, most of the results came as no shock at all and the remedies were already known to me! The biggest challenge of that particular day was probably the traffic in and out of Bristol!
So what comes next? Plenty of information to take in, much to act on and assess but does that mean a hiatus in the Ironman plans? Well, yes it kind of does for a very short period I suppose. Until the elimination diet is completed and a proper nutrition plan developed, I cannot increase the training as I will not have the energy to do so and recover quickly. Therefore I can’t really visit an S&C coach and develop my training plans fully, although I still haven’t found the coach I want to work with yet either….. That of course doesn’t mean that I won’t be training at all, far from it in fact, however I must be careful not to push too hard before I am able to correctly fuel my body to work at the required level to obtain maximum benefit.
I will still be swimming and lifting weights for core stability, but mainly I will be concentrating on running to prepare for the Paris Marathon in April. Last week we ran a 10k in Telford for ‘fun’ at a pace which will have helped with aerobic training, if not endurance!
The next month is therefore probably likely to be a little frustrating, unable to really start full-on training but not being able to eat and drink in the same way as normal either!! That said, there are two weeks of holidays to come before the elimination diet starts on 5th January. Probably best to clear the cupboards and fridge of any temptation right away……so let the festivities commence!
P.S. I’m still searching for a partner company to help with my funding in return for a charitable donation of the same value and good PR. Please pass my details on to anyone who may be interested and I would be delighted to talk further with them!
P.P.S. If you are, or know a good S&C coach who can help with a training plan at a reasonable rate, please get in touch!