Pre-Training Week

This week is all about lacing up, buckling down and getting my feet wet. For starters, I officially registered so there's no backing out now!

Both my training coach Laura Fromdahl and my nutritionist Amanda Walton believe in training thoughtfully and have been awesome during my pre-training week.

Fromdahl is using this week to observe my body mechanics and suggest physical therapy exercises for my chronic costochondritis, assess my bike, run and swim techniques and recommend ways to improve upon each, and introduce me to the other triathletes because she is a big proponent of creating a sense of community and camaraderie. Below is the schedule she devised for me, which in addition to learning tri-lingo I am also slowly learning to use the training apps (which makes me feel super part of the tri-tribe).

Walton asked me to keep a food log to learn more about my eating habits and preferences and see how my choices affected my workouts. Having been a health coach for several years, I thought I already knew a lot about nutrition but it turns out I have a lot to learn about sports nutrition. Walton recommend I:

  • Eat a carb 30 minutes before I work out. Typically, I have a green protein smoothie or two poached eggs for breakfast and very little carbs because I don't eat gluten or grains and for some reason hate plain bananas. Walton pointed out that protein takes longer to digest, thus leaving me with a sluggish feeling toward the end of my workout. We decided on making spinach, blueberry, chia, gluten-free muffins for breakfast.
  • Eat a balanced meal with fat, carbs and protein after my workout. Apparently, I also wasn't eating enough fat and this was causing me to be tired thirty minutes after my workout. Now, I will have my green protein smoothie and will make sure to add either half an avocado or a tablespoon of coconut oil to it within 30 minutes post-workout.

By the end of this week, I will have also have Road Fish Bike Shop tune my bike, equip me with a new helmet and have DG fit me to my bike better. 

I want to thank everyone for their support this week, especially because the tri-community and Hilton Head suffered a great loss with the tragic death of Dr. Jeff Garske.

b.e.WELL+b.e.CREATIVE—Becca #triathlonnewbie