Lets get this straight from the outset. I am not a fan of New Years Resolutions. They are more often than not empty ideas that have no substance or planning to make them a realistic long term goal.
That being said I vowed at the end of last year that I wanted to make some changes in 2017.
I have been racing push bikes now for over 12 years. I am happy with what I have achieved so far in my cycling and still love the sport with all my heart. But by the end of 2016 I was starting to realise that my time off the bike and shoulder surgery has left me a long way off the pace in local A grade racing and that I was in no way competitive and for most of the racing I was barely hanging on. That was disappointing for sure. But I did reach my goal of returning to A grade at a local club level. I had reached my main objective for 2016 even if I was a little disappointed to not be up the pointy end of the grade.
Last year I also regained my interest in running and completed 2 trail 1/2 marathons. I had a ball doing them and remembered why I used to run on a regular basis. I am a poor runner with zero talent for it but I do relish the challenge to try to improve and learn the skill of running.
Near the end of 2016 my beautiful wife and one of the members of Total Performance Centre started goading each other in to doing Bussleton Ironman in December 2017. These 2 with their kind hearted jibes and jests woke a latent desire I have had since way back in 1994 I did my first Triathlon. I WANT TO COMPLETE AN IRONMAN TRIATHLON.
Enter my first holiday in over 3 years to Cambodia and Vietnam. I came home feeling refreshed and ready to chase new goals and challenges.
So come January this year I decided to give this old goal of mine a dust off and see just what I can do. Straight away I realised that I have 3 hurdles that might derail my efforts before I even start. The first being my shoulder. Surgery 2 years ago have left it unstable and weak beyond what I thought at the time would be likely. The second a persistent case of plantar fascitis in my right foot that had been present since October last year and lastly I am a heavy individual. Someone my weight would be very hard to get ready to do an Ironman Triathlon with out damaging myself in the process of getting ready for it.
First things first. Will I be able to swim. I hadn't swam in a pool since 1999 whilst training for my last Triathlon " the Territory Tough Triathlon". Since then my shoulder had been dislocated 4 times and I had been babying it for at least a decade. I went down to the Newcastle city baths and gingerly jumped in and did a few cautious laps to gauge if 1 my should could bear the load of swimming and 2 see if it hurt to swim. I came out of that session cautiously optimistic. I was seriously weak in that shoulder. But weakness can be strengthened so it is with in my powers to get to where I want to go.
The second thing after many months of trying to resolve the plantar fascitis I decide to do the cortisone injection in to the foot. So far so good. The pain has diminished and my rehab is progressing well. I am giving myself 4 weeks more to get the structure of the foot to a stage where I will start to resume some running drills and small runs.
My last hurdle. I am relatively large when it comes to endurance athletes. Most successful triathletes and cyclists and runners get around low to mid 70 kilogram mark. I live in the mid to high 80 kilogram mark which makes my job that little bit harder.
Being that this year is a year of change for me I have decide to take the Low Carb High Fat "Primal Lifestyle" that I embarked on last year to the next level. I have decide to embark on living a Ketogenic lifestyle. If you aren't aware of what that is. Basically you restrict the carbohydrates in your diet to such a level that your body switches from using carbohydrates as its main source of energy to fat and ketones.
Ketosis is a metabolic process that is activated when our body doesn't have enough glycogen (derived from carbs) for our cells to burn for energy. Instead, it starts to convert fat deposits (adipose) to energy. As a part of this process, it makes ketones. Ketone bodies are water-soluble molecules that are produced by our liver from fatty acids. We produce ketones because fatty acids can't cross a blood-brain barrier, and they can't be used by our brain as energy. These are needed because the brain can only burn 2 types of fuel, sugar and keytones.
The advantage I believe of this diet for me is 3 main reasons. 1 that it is a very effective tool to lose body fat and get to an ideal weight. 2 a fat adapted ketogenic athlete is able to go long distances with less reliance on carbohydrates and 3 using less carbohydrates is proven to cause less oxidative stress on the body and less chronic inflammation.
These reasons were too compelling to not at least give it a go.
My journey begins.
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