In the last 16 years I have competed in marathons, iron man triathlons and latterly long distance cycle events. I stumbled across this site about 1 year ago and I adopted the PB diet but continued with the chronic cardio training around 10 - 15 hours of cycle training per week mostly at and above 85% of MHR. The diet had quite an affect of my performance. At 43 I set PR's at various distances from 10 mile up to 100 miles with any reliance on grains. My weight dropped from 11st to 10st 2lb with no loss of sustainable power.
Despite feeling better overall than in previous years, I still suffered from a sore rotator cuff from years of long distance swimming, a sore lower back and reoccurring knee problems. I also got many comments form people saying I look ill due to my low weight and paleness, which, to an extent, affected my self esteem and made me question why I did this sort of endurance training.
This winter, during the off season, I adopted the full PB life style, I did 2 sprint sessions on the bike and 3 squatting sessions ( I cant do up body work due the rotor cuff issues)per week. After only 4 weeks, I gained about 5lb without any visible body fat gain. my knees no longer hurt at all, my stress levels have fallen as I am no longer trying to squeeze long bike rides into a busy work and family life and I do have more energy to run about and play with my children on weekends.
Now at the first day of 2010, I have a decision to make. Do I continue with the PB life style in full or do I get on my bike and start my base training for another competitive season? Here are my pros and cons. Please feel free to add to the list to help me make my decision.
REASONS TO CONTINUE WITH FULL PB LIFESTYLE
More time for family
More time for other activities outside of training
Look better i.e improved body composition.
More functional fitness to join in other sports with children and friends.
Easy to do continue during business travel e.g walking, run sprints
Road cycling is dangerous
REASON TO CONTINUE COMPETITIVE CYCLING
PB diet can be expensive
Cycling to work 40 miles per day saves fuel
Cycle racing in summer is fun
PB heavy lifting may cause injuries and frustrating downtime.
Upper body lifting restricted by shoulder problem
Gym membership quite expensive.
Decision, Decision, What shall I do?