Food log

I know this was promised a few weeks ago but here it is in all its glory:

This was for the week of February 21, 2011

Monday: This was right after a ski weekend so very low to moderate activity (fat burning) over the last couple of days, which is why I only had two meals.

  • Breakfast – 4 Scrambled eggs with cheese, 3 pieces of bacon, and one medium sized potato (pealed)
  • Snack – handful of raw macadamia nuts and glass of coconut milk
  • Dinner – Spinach salad with olive oil and vinegar dressing,  Shrimp scampi (shrimp and broccoli cooked in butter), a couple ounces of natural sauerkraut.
  • Dessert – Guinness
  • Fat = 101.2-grams, 49% of diet
  • Protein = 129.3-grams, 29% of diet
  • Carbs = 85.8-grams, 18% of diet
  • Alcohol = 4% of diet
  • Total Calories = 1821

The calories and carbohydrates were a lower than I would expect, but Continue reading


We are all Triathletes

I know! I have been getting emails asking for my food log, I promised to post my weekly food logs very soon, I have been busy driving cross-country and while driving cross country healthy food options are few and far between, I did manage to eat Primal-ly. I will get to the food log soon, I promise, but now I would like to talk about what makes a triathlete.

My definition of a triathlete –  somebody that has trained for a race, started that race with every intention of doing their best, completed the race, and then signed up for the next race. If you have done that, congratulations you are a triathlete regardless of the distance of the race!

I bring up “distance” of the race for a specific reason. It is no secret that I prefer Sprint and Olympic distances, while I plan on doing a 70.3 this year, unless I have some magical experience, I believe my love will always be with the shorter distances. Does that make me less of a triathlete? Well Continue reading

How can you complain about Triathlon?

I have an unique ability curse that allows me to complain about everything,  even the stuff I love. It does not matter how much fun I am having or how great the food is, a complaint is sure to be just around the corner. Don’t get me wrong I don’t hate life, I am very grateful that I have the health, wealth, and freedom to compete in triathlon and don’t have any “real” problems to worry about.  With that in mind my first race of the season is just a little over a week away, so please allow me to complain about the sport I love.

I have two bikes one training and one racing bike. Ready for the first complaint…Don’t get me wrong, I am very grateful to be able to afford two bikes, but with two bikes storage is a major issue, then there is the headache of swapping parts, and two bikes means twice the maintenance cost…Anyway like I said, I am just about a week away from my first race so it was time to get the racing bike ready. Is it just me or is triathlon the most expensive and stressful sport on Earth? Continue reading

I am protecting my “junk”

I recently became aware that traditional bike seats (tear drop shaped) can lead to erectile dysfunction (ED). This happens because as much as a quarter of our body weight rests on the the nose section of traditional bike saddles and this can significantly reduce blood flow to our most, um…prized possession. Most cyclist I know, both men and women, have experienced some numbness in their genital area after a long bike ride. Traditional saddles can reduce blood circulation by as much as 80% and we triathletes are even more prone to experience a reduction in blood flow because we normally ride in the “aero” position which puts even more pressure on our groin. This news was very disturbing to me because I am not willing to give up what is probably the most primal activity of all, sex.

Luckily, there is a solution! Continue reading

Barefoot running

Yes, just like most of the other so called  “primal people” out there, I too run barefoot. Well, maybe not exactly barefoot (I am not that crazy),  I run in my vibram five finger shoes for nearly 90% of all my training runs. I started running barefoot just about this time last year and my results have been fantastic! Before running barefoot I use to suffered from mild plantar fasciitis (heel/foot pain) after my longer runs or races. Lucky for me the pain was mild and thankfully it would usually subside after a few days it was still very irritating/scary. Since running barefoot I have been pain/injury free and my feet and ankles have become much stronger. While the barefoot movement is definitely getting bigger there are still a lot of non-believers out there, so lets look at some of the benefits to running barefoot. Continue reading

Nobody said it would be easy

Their is good news and bad news. The bad news is that I had my first setback this week (since starting the Primal Triathlete). The good news is that I am really confident I know the source of this “setback”. Mistakes are part of the learning process and understanding the cause of the mistakes makes us smarter and stronger!

So what happened? Well I ran myself into the ground and became extremely tired and sick, basically I over-trained.  Now this is not the first time I have over-trained, but hopefully it is the last (keeping my fingers crossed). I believe that this “bout” of over-training was due to the lack of carbohydrates. Now I know all the naysayers are thinking, “I told you so”! I agree I do need carbohydrates to fuel my training sessions, but where I went wrong was not paying attention to how much I was eating.

The primal diet is basically a “low carb” diet and I have “learned” to eat “primal” without even thinking about it. So I was keeping my carbohydrate consumption low not necessarily by choice but by habit. I believe my carbohydrate consumption was around 200-grams which is definitely not enough for an endurance athlete.

The plan of attack: Continue reading

What role does strength training play?

This is another one of the issues where I feel my philosophies differ from that of most conventional triathletes.  For me strength training plays a huge role not only in becoming a better triathlete but is critical for achieving better overall health, reducing injuries, and obtaining/maintaining better body composition. There are three main reasons why many triathletes don’t strength train:

  1. Not enough time – This one is hard to argue with. I think some triathletes are not necessarily against strength training but it is extremely hard just to get enough swim, bike and run workouts done each week, so if the choice is bike ride or weight session, a bike ride will usually win that battle. However, I still recommend making strength training a priority at least 2 times a week even if that means one less swim session or bike ride. Continue reading

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