I actually started implementing my goal on Saturday, so this is day 3 for me with no chips and no energy drinks. The energy drink habit isn't hard for me to break as I wasn't drinking those all that often. I was eating chips daily and I do crave them. Another part of my goal that I forgot to put in the post was to eat fish every other day. So I bought fish as well as beef Saturday. I ended up cooking a small rock cod fillet in my grill basket along with some vegies. It was really tasty. However, I was so looking foward to the next day's beef that I grilled a family pack of sirloin and chowed a bunch of that, too. Just the thought of eating fish instead of beef made me want my steak even more. But that's OK as long as I eat fish, too. I ate a bunch of shrimp yesterday in my big ass salad and I'm going to try to find some salmon today. I might start killing more of the trout I catch...I usually let them go but they do taste pretty good and I think fresh wild trout has got to be a good food for me. I don't mind killing game birds but I have to admit I don't like the process of killing trout. But the creeks are full of them and what with the anti-inflammatory properties of wild versus farm raised fish, I should really eat more of the trout I catch and maybe even freeze some.
I want to do some more research on glycogen stores in muscles. All the CW says eat 100 grams of carbs (or thereabouts) after your workout and since that's about what I eat in a day, I know that's not right! Clearly my body needs less since I have it well trained to burn fat for energy. But how much less? And it what form? It's those power moves up the steepest cliffs and the steepest climbs on the mountain bike, after hours of lower level aerobic work that bonk me. I don't think it's in my mind--kettle chips help...easily absorbed high glycemic carbs may be what I need in this situation. I brought steak, celery, carrots and nuts on my bike ride yesterday. I'd just had the heavy cream in my coffee that morning before I rode, which is typical. I did 70 minutes of climbing up a steep gravel road at probably 85 percent max (breathing hard the whole time) and then rested and ate half the food, then climbed for 60 more minutes and ate the other half of the food. Then I climbed for 20 more minutes and spent 90 minutes going down (mostly) 12 miles of trail. Although my times were good, I felt hungry on this ride, even as I kept eating more of the steak (I ate all the carbs that I brought on the first two stops). I ate a banana when I got back and that helped a little with the hunger but I was still really hungry, until I ate a big meal. Typically I bring a beer or two (8 grams of carbs in a Heineken)and low salt kettle chips on a ride (the potatoes pack a good carb punch of course, but the glycemic load is lowered by all the fat in them.) I didn't feel as good without the beer and chips; I felt bloated and a little sick after eating the carrots and celery. So the question is: Do I just need to give my body time to adjust to this? Or is it that I hadn't been eating chips for the previous two days and since it's hard to replace the carb punch that chips pack with celery and carrots, my glycogen stores were too low for this sort of workout and I really needed the chips? Or is it that beer and chips just are more satisfying at the top of the mountain so I think I need them?! Although most people don't consider beer a good workout food, I think the glycemic load might be just right for me and my gut is just really picky about solid foods at certain times. Fruit juices and sports drinks make me really sick; I can't process that sort of sugar. Apples and anything with much fructose makes me really sick right away. Bananas are marginal. Berries and tangerines work great for me but not much carb punch per fiber/bulk there. A big handful of nuts gives me the same amount of carbs as a lighter type of beer, about 8 g, but I think it's metabolized differently, what with all the fat and protein in the nuts. A banana at 27 grams of carbs should be plenty though, if I can handle the sugars. And bananas have other good nutrients in them, unlike beer and chips. Glycemic load looks to be comparable to beer and chips but it's hard to say how it all interacts. And there's so many other factors on a ride; the heat, trail conditions, my attitude, who's along with me (one buddy ALWAYS brings beer; another is totally opposed to it). I did my best time ever on a ride two weeks ago, fueled on steak, beer and kettlechips...I actually shaved an HOUR off my best time. I also did well on a ride with coconut meat, salami and beer a few days later. But how much of this was just how PSYCHED I was to be on these rides, which were in very scenic, pretty locations? Plus my conditioning is improving as the summer goes on. So it's a lot to sort out.