Great training season in the bag!


cayenne

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So I have been 99% on whole 30 since April when I was diagnosed with a degenerating hip. Desperate times call for desperate measures. I also train for middle distance tris and road races.

I never thought I could train longer distance without complex carbs so I never tried this way of eating. Always interested but I never thought I could train effectively.

So-since April, I have lost 24 pounds and weigh what I weighed in Jr High! I completed a Olympic distance triathlon a couple weeks ago and just yesterday completed the Army Ten Miler run all while being compliant-I had organic apple juice watered down and lemon Lara bars.

My biggest issue was travelling and staying "good". I brought cut up apples, bananas, almond butter, boiled eggs, and cooked sweet potatoes to eat on the trip and during the day until the main meal of a chicken salad. We had to go to a couple places to find somewhere to eat as I didn't want to stray much before the races. Now afterward.....!!!

My biggest surprise was my ability to train on little carbs-and my lack of digestive upset during the races themselves. I seem to really get bloated during races and it affects my performance. Not this year.

My only disappointment as I did not believe in this way for eating before-I am in the twilight of my athletic ability at 55 but so glad I found it. I hope this way of life and lengthen my hips life span so I can continue being as active as I want.

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Congratulations on a great season! Glad to hear you had a great experience at ATM yesterday.

 

I'm struggling with merging Whole30 with endurance training. I do OK when I'm in a low training period, with minimal workouts beyond 2 hours. Very impressive that you stuck with it.

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Initially, workouts over 2 hours were a problem. Yesterday, before the race, I had 1 hardboiled egg and a sweet pot-then only had diluted apple juice on the run. Had no issues with energy.

I can get a 65 mile bike ride in a little over 4 hours on a banana and a1/2 sweet potato and diluted apple juice.

Stay with it-all of a sudden you will discover you don't need all that mess to keep moving. 

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Initially, workouts over 2 hours were a problem. Yesterday, before the race, I had 1 hardboiled egg and a sweet pot-then only had diluted apple juice on the run. Had no issues with energy.

I can get a 65 mile bike ride in a little over 4 hours on a banana and a1/2 sweet potato and diluted apple juice.

Stay with it-all of a sudden you will discover you don't need all that mess to keep moving. 

I actually don't take in that much fuel for training - I do a marathon on about 300 calories. The real food doesn't sit well in my stomach for harder efforts and long runs, though, no matter how little I take in.

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Congrats on finishing it! I ran it too and loved it! I started Whole 30 two days after the run.

 

One thing that hit me in your post is you mentioned "digestive upset" which you luckily didn't experience this time. I however, got it bad! I was so sick in my belly the rest of the day. I get like that anytime I have a long run. Is that normal? I've never thought much of it and just attributed it to running. Hoping now that I'm following Whole 30 that will go away!

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