Friday, August 3, 2012

Seven Weeks Out: Lost Training

It is real lame to lose an entire week of training to preventable illness.  Really, really lame considering my goals of getting back into 50k shape.  My tale of woe flows like this:  compromised nutrition and recovery led to gastroenteritis which led to dehydration and after the two days it took to clear those hurdles it took 3 more days to regenerate my stomach and eat real food.  Don’t let it happen to you, take care of yourself. 

Hesitation Point IMBA Epic Brown County Indiana 

Dehydration was the worst, with it came full body cramping and an overwhelming thirst that could not be satisfied.  Being heavily resistant to seeking medical help and fancying myself an amateur doctor I skipped the IV solution and rehydrated by limiting my water intake to sucking on ice cubes and taking shots of pedialyte every 5 minutes.  Take note, that information could save your life or someone else’s if medical help is unavailable.  Pearls.

So I didn’t get any miles in and I went five days without food.  That there is a loss of fitness but all I can do is move on and skip lamenting about what could have been.  What to do?  Jam two weeks into one maybe, make up for lost ground?  Laughable.  There is risk in making up for lost ground and it is best not to, but I will take the risk and mitigate it by putting three weeks of training into two weeks.

MTB + Camping IMBA Epic Brown County Indiana

The upside of the week was when I got around to finally feeling good I got in a previously planned trip to IMBA Epic Brown County Indiana for mountain biking.  I also booked a campsite at Ottawa lake for race weekend.  If you have not signed up for the North Face Endurance Challenge you should.

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