Post Camp Day 1
I arrived back home Sunday evening after a full day of travel. It was great to be home and connect with my family again. Until the IU/Purdue basketball game came on and then I was old news. The good guys swept this year…go Hoosiers!
I woke up yesterday with a bit of a training hangover despite over nine hours of sleep. My goals the first day back:
- Easy swim
- Light lifting
- Unpack and put together my bike
- Eat healthy with an emphasis on colorful veggies
- No sugar
- Connect with family and friends
The swim was just fine. I felt the fatigue in my muscles and my brain. I made the mistake of going to the Y pool when it was beyond crowded. Every lane had three people with at least one “floater” (the person doing side stroke or doggy paddle that doesn’t get their hair wet). I had a short course triathlete in my lane (Brant) and he had some fast intervals so I made sure to stay out of his way on my very easy swim day.
Quick lift after my swim and I was done for the day! Unwrapped my bike and put her back together.
Do you think that my wrapping is overkill? I just need to scratch the damn thing and I will feel better.
The hard part about a big camp is that you are ready to keep it rolling when you come home. The key to getting the best results from a big camp is to NOT keep it rolling when you get home. This requires a lot of emotional management and focus elsewhere in your life.
For me, I used the time yesterday for reentry. I had a fun extended lunch with my best friend. I went grocery shopping. I cooked a great dinner. I got Coach a thank you present for supporting me on my trip. I walked the dog. I took a short nap (20 minutes). I drank a Kombucha (it may be the placebo effect, but I think they are good for me). I limited my caffeine (one espresso and one cup of coffee).
It was a great day to reboot and get mentally refreshed for my next tasks: IM Galveston 70.3 and IM Texas.
The key thing for me yesterday was getting my nutrition back to normal. Normal for me is little to no sugar. Yesterday was a hard reboot with no sugar. During camp, especially training for 34 hours, I have to give up my clean diet to stay fueled and strong. By the time camp is over I am totally burned out on gels, sports drinks, cinnamon toast, and those damn Aussie bites.
Tomorrow I have another easy swim, and an easy bike/run brick. More healthy eating, check in at work and a nap. Sometimes you have to go easy to go fast (or faster…at the IM distance there is no fast)!