03.24.10 — Knock, Knock, Knocking on Heaven’s Door

Type: Just Riding
Distance: 20.44 miles
Time: 60:33
TSS: 59.3
Average Watts: 171 watts
Average Heart Rate: 147 bpm
Total Work: 619 kJ

Oh what a weekend. After my long run on Saturday we went to see Fiddler on the Roof and loved it. The Hale Center Theater does a great job. I actually think one of the key roles in the play is how Golde, Tevye’s wife, is played. She really holds a lot of the play together for me. Throughout the play I could tell there was something wrong with my stomach. It was cramping and I was in a ton of pain. On the drive home I burped a little bit of rotten eggs and knew something was wrong.

The rest of the weekend was spend doubled over in pain with a little parasite called Giardia. There were several times I almost took one of my knives and performed an appendectomy on myself. Giardia is a little bug that lives in your lower intestine and is usually harmless until you ingest it somehow. I will spare you the details of how it is spread. If you want to know, Google it and there are plenty of great resources out there on the topic. I think I got it at my community pool where I swim.

I spent Monday and Tuesday trying to recover. I didn’t really eat or drink on Saturday or Sunday, so my energy stores were zapped. I didn’t work out of course. I think I could have yesterday, but I just decided it would be smarter to skip one more day and get my legs back under me and my stomach settled down 100% before hitting my workouts again. This morning was the first in three days. That means I skipped four workouts…bummer. I will miss most of my goals for the month now. I was really close in several, but I just am going to have to take this as a lesson in “you gotta listen to your body.” So often I call that a lazy man’s training attitude, but this week it was true. No need to beat myself up over it.

Today’s ride was solid. Legs felt great as did my stomach. I initially thought the problems I was having over the weekend were due to something I ate, which made everything I had eaten Thursday on suspect. That includes my workout nutrition, Infinit. I was scared to death today to actually drink it but am happy to report, everything worked out fine. Here is how the workout went down:

The good news is I am at my race goal weight. Horrible way to get there, but I made it… 

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I have been participating in running and triathlons for 10 years and love the feeling that training provides. You may not agree with me, but you know you just can't look away...