|Bacon Wrapped Wild Duck|
I thought I would miss my unsweetened cup of morning coffee or my dark chocolate bedtime snack. And what about that homemade GF chocolate chip cookie after a hard training ride or melted cheese on top of my hamburger. Nope! Not a single moment of unease. And you wanna know why? Because it is REALLY NOT THAT HARD! Listen, it is not like going through cancer treatment or bereaving the loss of a loved one. IT'S JUST FOOD! And there is so many better and tastier things to eat out there than sugar and HFCS. Like bacon! I have eaten more of this tasty treat in the past week than in my whole life. Bacon is the new chocolate.
|Sonoma Chicken Salad|
The only "thing" I miss is sustained and high end power while on the bike. At first I thought it was just life or perhaps the cold weather leaving me a little drained on Wednesday's ride. I was good for the first 45 minutes as I was climbing the Foothills Parkway. At about the 1 hour mark I "hit the wall." My legs turned to lead and it was all I could do to turn the pedals over. I had to turn around.
|Winding Stair - 5 miles and 1500 feet|
But this same lack of energy feeling hit me again on Thursday and Friday around the 90 minute mark. So then I knew it was my body searching for those simple sugars as an energy source. As hard as I tried, I could not find the fat burning mode button on my body. Yesterday, on the climb up Winding Stair, I was in an all out war with my metabolism. I was bound and determined to force my body to utilize the 30,000 calories or so of fat that I have stored here and there. Needless to say, that 5 mile climb took 36 minutes! At times, I could have walked faster than I was pedaling.
Energy off the bike is great. And my GI tract has never felt better. No cramping, bloating, or Buddha belly. That makes me wonder if I have a sensitivity to grains other than wheat or perhaps dairy. I hope not, as it would be a little difficult to fuel with sweet potatoes, bananas, and Larabars during the racing season.
I highly recommend the cookbook Practical Paleo. I have made many recipes and ALL are delicious. I am looking forward to the next 3 weeks ... and beyond. Thank you Aimee and LW who clued me in to this new way of eating.