Beyond Iron
Life … when the training is finished

Hungry Man

Family and friends – Windsor, California – August 2010

Training complete: 19 weeks, 4 days – Until race: 10 weeks, 3 days

Week 19 training: Swim 5.562 miles, Bike 100 miles, Run 22.5 miles

I apologize that it has been so tremendously long since I last scripted an entry. I’ve been mega busy as the workout totals have continued to creep upward. In between all of that, work has been busy, the kids have been busy and I was helping my sister complete a real estate transaction. It’s been a monster month.

Oh, and two weeks ago, I managed to sneak in a heavenly trip to Sonoma County, California. Facebook friends will already know that I took a little time from training and instead engaged in another of my favorite pastimes: drinking booze. We hit Bear Republic and Russian River Brewery. Fantastic. In between all that, we played paintball on one of the fiber-optic technology creator’s ranch; went sport shooting in the Russian River Valley and had an all-day family and friends party. Old stories were told and retold. There was lots of laughter and fun and friends. I loved every minute of it.

In between all of that, fear not, I have been training hard and strong. I’ve ridden some killer big time bike rides way out into the desert, starred down big-ass hills with headwinds blowing, all in heat sometimes approaching 105 degrees and more or less rocked the shit out of it. I’m still injury free. Still committed to the goal. And feeling pretty darn good as we head into the home stretch. Just over 10 weeks to go. Tempe claims the lake is still on schedule to be ready for the race. Fingers crossed there.

I’d been promising to fill you in on what I ate. So on Saturday, which is my biggest training day, we recorded what I ate and drank. Keep in mind, this was a huge training day in which we rode all out 4-hours/70 miles, much of it up hill and followed it with a 45-minute/4.5 mile run; all in temps near or above 100 degrees. This is a major calorie burner, and most calculators estimate my total burned calories for the day at somewhere around 8,500-9,000 based on my weight.

Anyhow, here’s what I ate/drank.

4:40 a.m. Thomas Everything bagel – 270 calories

4:40 a.m. Two tablespoons, all natural peanut butter – 190 calories

4:40 a.m. Two eggs, scrambled – 200 calories

5:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. (On bike) – 4 servings, malodextrin/soy protein formula – 1,080 calories

5:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. (On bike) – 16 sodium, potassium replenishment capsules – 60 calories

5:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. (On bike) – 1 Powerade 32 oz bottle – 240 calories

11 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. (On run) – 1 Gatorade, 32 oz bottle – 200 calories

Noon – 1 king size Snickers – 542 calories

Noon – 2, 12 oz beef sticks – 280 calories

Noon – 1, 12 oz chocolate milk – 200 calories

Noon – 1 Gatorade, 32 oz bottle – 200 calories

12:15 p.m. – One serving, gummy candy – 110 calories

12:30 p.m. – 3 Hebrew National hot dogs, low-fat – 120 calories

12:30 p.m. – 3 slices, rye bread, 210 calories

12:30 p.m. – 1 serving, pasta, sun-dried tomatoes, chicken – 200 calories

1 p.m. – One serving, gummy candy – 110 calories

4:30 p.m. – 1 Burger King Whopper – 670 calories

4:30 p.m. – 1 Medium fries – 400 calories

6:30 p.m. – 3 turkey hot dogs, 300 calories

6:30 p.m. – 3 rolls, 360 calories

6:30 p.m. – 2 servings, mustard potato salad – 450 calories

6:30 p.m. – 2 servings, corn – 160 calories

6:30 p.m. – Pint, Bear Republic Stout – 400 calories

7 p.m. – Pint, Bear Republic Hop Knot Rye Ale – 400 calories

8:30 p.m. – Dope glass of Bourbon – 160 calories

9:15 p.m. – Green Flash IPA, bottle – 243 calories

9:45 p.m. to 10:45 p.m. – Awesome cigar by fireplace, with add’l Green Flash IPA – 243 calories

11:15 p.m. – Bed

Total calories consumed: 7,998

Estimated calories burned: 8,500-9,000

So, yeah, I ate 8,000 calories and ended up at about a 500-1,000 calorie deficit for the day. That is both awesome and disturbing.

But mostly awesome.

By the way, that was quite a bit of booze that night. But a funny thing happens when you’re training like this. Your body, clearly in need of the carbs, and sugars, burns and processes it in a much different way. I was buzzed, but by no means “drunk.”

I woke up the next morning at 6 a.m., felt great, played with the kids, and then at 7 a.m. did a gnarly bike ride at 5,400 feet elevation up and down some big hills. Then I went and ran up the Mogollon Rim – running from a base elevation of approximately 5,400 feet up to the top of the Rim at an elevation of about 7,000 feet – closing a 1,600 foot climb in a span of about 3.5 linear miles. That night, I went to bed pretty early, tho.

Some big workout days coming up here tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday. Another 70 mile bike/5 mile run on Saturday. And then a 20 mile bike/13 mile run on Sunday.

It’s getting pretty thick, folks.

Hope you’re all well.

– Ed

is thinking he might skip a day of training tomorrow. Mental health day in order. Worked from 4:45 a.m. to 9:15 p.m. today at work and then installing flooring.

One Response to “Hungry Man”

  1. The body is an amazing machine!


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