First..I attended a hydration seminar at Kompetitive Edge on Wednesday night. The presenter was Dr. Stacy Sims..the brain behind Osmo Nutrition. Dr. Sims was exceedingly personable and conducted her presentation in a Q&A format which was awesome since we had our specific questions answered. A couple of the elite athletes were concerned about "hydrating too much." Seriously? I actually just wanted to punch them in the face. Luckily I sat my big rear right in the front so she couldn't ignore me. Obviously the question I had was..how do I hydrate enough not to die during my next ironman attempt. Her answer was very surprising. Instead of telling me to take in more and more sodium during the race like I have been told by all my nutritionists she stated I was probably already taking too much in. She suggested using a product..like hers..as the sole source of hydration during the race and not to drink regular water. She acknowledged that I should be drinking about 48 ounces per hour but that the sodium in the drink should be enough. The main thing is to stay away from sugars in drinks and food which hindered water absorption or increased dehydration. According to her Sucrose, Glucose and natural sugar are the only sugars to ingest. This cuts out most of the drinks I use because they contain maltodextrin. She was also against the use of all gels. She suggested on longer races to start with solid foods..something as simple as a pbj on white or clif or mojo bar and move to semi-solids such as chomps or blocks. Even jelly beans would work in a pinch. Another interesting tip was that she suggested taking tums tablets in t1 or t2 to help with any stomach issues. I would suggest that anyone interested in hydration read the blog on her products page at Osmo Nutrition. Even though she is the main person behind Osmo Nutrition she did not push or even mention her product that much during the presentation.
On Thursday the fun continued...Jen Small arrived in town for the Rev 3 team summit. She brought with her a 6 foot blonde named Elizabeth who was also on Rev 3. Luckily I got to spend the afternoon with them taking them around Golden.
|Elizabeth at a local watering hole..wearing a napkin as a mask|
After lunch/dinner I then took Jen to Kompetitive Edge to meet her hero Ryan.
|Jen and her hero|
Thursday night I went to my athletes party for Kompetitive Edge. I met some of the other athletes and our sponsor reps from TYR, OAKLEY and SCOTT. Every one I met was very nice..but definitey the crowd overall was a bit introverted. But give me a few months and I will have everyone talking to me ..or at least talking about me.
The party was hosted by one of the athletes at his house. I noticed a ton of signed NFL jerseys in his house and a Browns jersey with his name on it. I went up and told him how the Browns were my second favorite team after the Packers and that my favorite quarterback of all time was Bernie Kosar. I had a dog named after Bernie and still have my poster of Bernie from 1986. He then informed me that when the Browns signed Bernie Kosar they cut him as their QB. Umm..Oh. Guess I should have done some research.
Friday we woke up and Jen actually got me to go to Starbucks with her..I didn't actually get anything but oatmeal but it was fun. My daughter was in seventh heaven with the girls in the house..she had her starbucks with them in the mornings before everyone went their separate ways.
|Girls having their breakfast to start the day|
Sunday we said goodbye to Elizabeth but were able to spend most of the day with Jen showing her around the town. This was good and bad..since Jen now has pictures and notes on where she can have me work out. She really liked red rocks for workouts as well as the trail up South Table mountain.
|Jen on lookout mountain|
|The girls heading up to Buffalo Bill's grave|
|The steps at Red Rocks|
|Jen figuring out how many times I should run the stairs for my workouts next week|
|New friend Kate|
I had to go to work on Monday so I showed Kate and Jen where to start their climb up South Table Mountain..which they did and then were off to the airport.
|Jen on South Table..notice the X on her butt..I think it is a target for kicking|
|Kate on South Table|
So Monday night I get online and found out that my friend/nemesis Angela has started a blog. Her blog Another Hole in the Head is almost as entertaining as mine. She is also being coached by Jen and plans on doing a couple of races with me..and she thinks she is going to kick my butt. That will not happen. Thus, the last week has been a whirlwind of fun and information that has me psyched for the season. But he most motivating thing that happened was when I went in for my uniform fitting this afternoon. Kompetitive Edge decided to go with a European cut compression team kit this year..which means the XL fits you if you are 5'6' 150lbs. I don't have any idea how many Xs are in the size of my uniform but let's just say I did not feel svelte. In fact the word Kielbasa popped into my head when I looked in the mirror. If the image of me in the team kit in public does not motivate me to get my butt moving nothing will. Of course I am now thinking about going to the European restaurant tomorrow at lunch for sausage and pierogis.
Take care everyone.