I’m back; Good, Bad and Ugly report required
Hello JSFers! The past couple of weeks have been… interesting. I wish I could say the worst is behind me, but unfortunately that’s probably not the reality of the situation. I’m not really going to get into all of that right now, and instead will focus this morning’s blog on my diet and training over the past couple of weeks.
Blondie, take it away.
Despite some incredibly long and stressful work days, I was able to keep my daily riding streak alive (currently at 531 days). The week before last was an exceptionally busy one, and getting away for a ride was pretty tough on most days. One day in particular I had to sneak away for 30 minutes, and that was my shortest ride of the entire riding streak–just 10.4 miles (my self-imposed minimum standard is 10 miles). When I got back from that ride it was another 2 hours before I could even change out of my kit. My total distance for the week before last came to just 142.7 miles, which is by far the smallest riding week of 2015.
Last week the stress didn’t let up, but the long days did. I was able to get away for some longer rides, and managed to put in more than 300 miles on the bike. Some of those rides were pretty tough, too.
My diet was, for the most part (more on that below), fairly decent.
My cortisol levels were high, I definitely engaged in some “stress eating” and I consumed alcohol after work on most evenings. Far from ideal, but I did what I had to do to get through a tough situation.
Sleep on many nights was not good. My mind tends to be very active in the middle of the night when I’m stressed out, and that leads to a lot of tossing and turning when I should be sleeping. The lack of sleep definitely affected me during the day. It’s a pretty vicious cycle, as most of you know.
My low activity level the week before last, the stress eating, the alcohol, the cortisol, the sleepless nights… that’s a pretty potent cocktail of fail. Needless to say, I put on a few pounds. My high activity level last week definitely help put the brakes on the weight gain, but it didn’t reverse it. I’m up 4 pounds over the past 2 weeks.
I’ll be applying Rule #5 to my diet starting today, and will regain my focus.
More tomorrow, I’ve got to get a ride in before work. It’s going to be a busy day.