Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Fantastic, Fantastique, Fantástico

It has been a really good block of training these past couple of weeks - and in part, I owe it to being in a good head space. I can't really pinpoint any one thing that just "flicked the switch", but suffice to say I am smiling from start-to-finish during all my workouts and are very thankful to be healthy to do what I love to do.

A couple of weekends ago I had an epic workout that catapulted my fitness level forward light-years. I met up with my coach for a 35km cross-country - which - we did in record time for me. I went into the workout feeling tired but gutted it out to the end. I burnt almost 4000 calories and consumed only 220 throughout.

The next day I was a-b-s-o-l-u-t-e-l-y   w-r-e-c-k-e-d! My blood sugar levels and/or blood pressure was so low I was light-headed and seeing stars for about a 24hr period. I ended up skipping my workout for that day but surprisingly bounced back the next! Since then I have been laying down the miles with a renewed determination and vigor. Been switching up my routes quite a bit to keep things interesting and plan on hitting some mountains in Bragg Creek soon for trail running.

I have been tidying up my diet lately as well so are reaping the rewards of that. My method is to make small, gradual changes which seems help create habits that stick around longer. Mel picked up some Agave nectar so we have been replacing refined sugar with that. The carbs in agave nectar have a low glycemic index (27) compared to refined white sugar (92) - so you don't get that big insulin spike. Not too mention it also has saponins which has anti-inflammatory and immune boosting properties. Taste-wise, I don't noticed any difference compared to sugar, particularly in my morning coffee. I find I don't need as much of the stuff as I would sugar.

Outside of training, Mel & I are hard at work on the reno of our second bedroom and nearing the completion of that. Once completed, we'll be onto our bedroom - the fun never stops.

Happy Tuesday!

1 comment:

Keith said...

Agave nectar. Hmmm. And only 4000 calories to keep up with Katie? You got off cheap my friend, very cheap.