Sunday, January 31, 2010

LiveSTRONG Seattle Marathon training weeks 7-9 - hoping to get back on track

Hi everyone!  Sorry for the absence for a while... we had the flu - possibly the H1N1 variety - run on a rampage through our house.  Three weeks ago, my wife was laid up with it for ~ 5 days, and after one day of everyone in the house being healthy, I came down with it.  So chalk up another week of missed training (and missed work) to laying in bed battling fever, bodyaches and the likes, and another week of recovering as well as catching up at work.  But with any luck, we'll all say healthy... which would be the first time in 2010 that the entire house has been healthy for more than a day or two.  Wish us luck.

While I did get a couple of rides in while Christine was sick (33.5 miles in 1:52:38), I basically haven't done any quality training for the last 3.5 weeks.  And as a result, the diet has yo-yoed from horrible (diet Sprite, popsicles and chocolate) to fairly decent: yesterday we tried quinoa for a new grain source.  But fortunately, other than a 2-sip encounter with a Odwalla Superfood, I have stayed gluten-free for the last 28 days.  It doesn't hurt that we've been baking our own bread products (Oregon Bread, tortillas, graham crackers).  Basically, the books The Gluten-Free Gourmet Bakes Bread by Betty Hagman and Gluten-Free Baking Classics by Annalise Roberts have been live savers!

Of course, having a wife that has been Gluten-Free for two years also makes meal planning a lot easier. :)

Moral of the story: despite no exercise, I've managed to maintain my weight at 196.6 over the last three weeks, although I probably traded a solid amount of muscle for not-muscle.  So I'm looking forward to getting enough endurance back to be able to actually run or put some time in on the trainer or exercise bike.  Because last I checked, it's only 21 weeks left til the 2010 Seattle Rock N Roll Marathon.  In the meantime, while I get my training back on track over the next couple of weeks, please support me and Team LiveSTRONG by donating to the fight against cancer!

Until next time... onward

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