RE: What are you training for, and how are you going about it?

(Sorry for the double post Dr. Doug, but after I wrote it, it would not let me edit it, so I am re-posting it now, edited! I can’t delete the previous post either, so just ignore it. Thanks.)

I am sorry Dr. Doug, but I can not keep up on this pace! It is absolutely killing me. Maybe I can explain what is going on. My sleep schedule is still way off. I went to bed at 10:30 pm yesterday and did not fall asleep until about 3 am. I woke up at 10 am. I can’t seem to get my sleep schedule right. Then I wake up feeling completely spacey like my head is under water. It takes me about 30 minutes to get my focus and bearings straight. Then I make 11 banana smoothie with 12 ounces of water and a handful of ice. I drink that in about 40 minutes. (Roughly 70 ounces). Then I run back and forth to the bathroom for the next two hours peeing and pooping. (sorry for the terms) and can’t leave to ride until I am empty otherwise I run into a problem when I am 20 miles away from a bathroom. So by now with everything done, I get my bike on the roof of my car and pack a cooler with some cold water and what ever fruit I have around for after my ride. So its about 2 pm now and I am dreading the ride. I drive to the place I am going to ride, and get my bike down and have a little water etc.. zero out my odometer etc… and here’s what happens! I get on the bike, I feel good and start peddling, not to hard or fast because I am more concerned with distance then speed. So, after about 3 or 4 miles, I start to tire. Then once I get to about 8 miles, i am completely exhausted and have no energy left. From 8 miles on, its complete drudgery! No enjoyment whatsoever! I get so discouraged watching children, old and fat people blowing past me! I start thinking there has got to be something wrong with me. I am eating 80/10/10 now for 24 days, I am down some weight, i am off my diabetes medicine for a week now, I have cut my mood medication in half as I have been slowly weening myself off of it. I feel great. My energy level is not as high as it usually is on 80/10/10, so I am not sure what is going on there. So, after those first 5- 8 miles (approximately) I feel completely done and overwhelmed. I feel like I force myself because I don’t want to let you or myself down, so I keep forcing myself and it is torture. The next 17-20 miles are pure hell. I feel completely out of power and zapped of all energy. I stop and drink some water and rest a few minutes and then 10 minutes later it is the same thing. This can’t be right. Something is not right. I have none done anything like this before as far as training for something and although it seems that I am making gains in riding, this is just way to much riding for me to fast. Something is not right with my sleep, energy levels and riding. I understand, and can appreciate a good challenge but this far past that. Even last week was an absolute struggle for me. Also, am I suppose to stretch or warm up before I ride? I have no clue. I take the bike off my roof rack and just start riding. I don’t know. Is it possible maybe, that a 1100 calorie smoothie is not enough simple carbohydrates for my weight and activity level, to keep my properly fueled for my ride? I was so wiped out after my ride today that I became careless. Like I almost didn’t have enough energy to handle basic motor skills. Like it was a ride to the death to get back to my car. Just to much under these circumstances. I did not do all this riding to complain but simply put, I don’t know if its because I am not sleeping good, getting enough fuel from my food or how I am riding. I am overwhelmed and don’t see how I will be able to even ride tomorrow. Just the thought of it makes me anxious! I hope you can address each of these concerns. I hope you can hear my heart here.

Week 3

DAY         MILES        TIME        AVG        MAX       WGHT     TEMP
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Day 1        25.04       2:08’03       11.6         27.7        261.9       88* HUMID
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Day 2                                      OFF                              254.2         91* HUMID
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Day 3        25.53       2:03.51       12.3        20.3          257.8          88* Sunny WINDY
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Day 4                                      
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Day 5                                      OFF
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Day 6                                      OFF
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Day 7       
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Finished 50.57 of my 100 miles in 4 days goal. I have 49.43 miles left.

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