Starting at the Start

I have plantar Fascitis, I had shoulder surgery January 2015 in Ironman terms. I am a heavy human. 

Firstly. My shoulder. I am happy with the progress. For someone who hasn't swam laps in a pool since 1999. I am back doing 2 km in the pool non stop and am progressing in the right direction with little to no pain 3 days a week. 

Secondly my plantar fascitis is still on going and to me at the moment is the only foreseeable thing that may derail my plans for this year. Currently I am pursuing ankle strength and mobility drills and regular massage sessions on a hard lacrosse ball. The pain seems to be slowly dissipating but I don't want to start any running activities before the problem has been resolved and I feel confident that running will not make things acutely worse.

Lastly I am a heavy human. This I think will always be a relative truth. As far as an endurance aspect. Yes I am a heavy human. On the grand scheme of things. Society sees me as an athletic individual at 12 - 15% Body Fat on an given day. 

After my much needed holiday to Vietnam over the Christmas break this year. I came back to Australia with a body weight of 89.7 kg.  As I said in the last article I made the decision to go quite extreme with my eating habits and undertake a ketogenic eating lifestyle.

If you aren't aware a Ketogenic diet means that for the entire day my goal carbohydrate intake level is 50 grams/200 Cal or less. I remember back when  I wold be eating 50 grams or more a meal. I wasn't sure what I was getting myself in to, but I felt I was willing to give it a good nudge and after last year being on a Paleo/ Primal diet where I was to stay under 100 grams per day I was able to get used to that and get much fitter and healthier. However the primal diet was very intuitive and I am nothing if not honest when in self reflection. I needed someting at least for now. I need something with some more rigid set of guidelines that keep me accountable to. 

Week 1 was HARD. After 2 weeks in Vietnam living on fruit and rice with most meals. Going back to such a low carbohydrate level left my energy levels taking a nose dive and exercise performance was uninspiring. But day by day I started to feel a little better. By the time the weekend came around I was starting to feel my energy returning and low level endurance training on the bike was becoming comfortable to maintain a steady state power output. On day 7 I weighed in to see what the effects of massive carb restriction had done so far. Well what it had done was take me from 89.7 kg to 83.5 kg in 7 days. 

I am under no illusion that this 6.2 kg was in fact body fat. Some of it may have been. But most would have been water weight. When you cut back on carbohydrates. Your body no longer needs to hold on to massive amounts of water to help metabolize the carbohydrates you eat. But 6.2 kg blew me away. To me this was the confirmation that I needed to let me know I was doing the right thing. After all how can it be healthy to hold on to all that water and inflammation? If I really needed that weight, my body would have held on to it even after I stopped eating so many carbs. But it let it go. 

At the 3 week mark I felt that my energy levels were really stable and it was time to add back in some strength training. I was starting with 2,  1/2 hour to 45 minute workouts per week. With 1 - 2 strength components and a long conditioning work out of around 12 - 15 minutes. This work out is my proxy running training. This was challenging on the first week but as I adapted to the new work load the first thing I noticed was my waistline was shrinking. My red letter moment was when I pulled on an old pair of chord pants I have owned for over 20 years. I have not been able to fit in to these since around October 1997. Well they fitted, and fitted comfortably. It is like 20 years of damage from unhealthy living were getting wiped of my body. Since then I have dropped a further 1 kg and am getting stronger with every workout.

At the end of week 5 in some of the most insane heat I have ever experienced. I have done a 4 hour ride fasted and only 100 supplemental calories for the entire ride. To follow that I completed a further 2 hour fast upon arrival and then ate my normal omelette.  If ever I was to have an energy crash i would have thought it would be on this day. It never came! On the following day I had a strength and conditioning summit I had to attend in Sydney. The content was awesome and the level of experience in the room left me extremely humbled. 

What was less impressive to me was that at a high performance event was the food that was on offer. Morning tea was muffins, Lunch was a sandwich with a slice of cake a small chocolate bar and a piece of fruit. Afternoon snack was a repeat of the morning tea. The course started at 8 am in the morning. That meant I had to leave Newcastle by 5:30 am because it was in the heart of Sydney. Which meant I had to eat by 5 am in the morning. I had a high fat omelette filled my water bottle and off I went. With the total lack of food that was inline with my lifestyle and no viable options close by and after a rough estimates of 92 grams of carbohydrates for the lunch alone. I chose to fast for the entire day. My second meal for the day was at 7:30 pm in the evening. Funny thing was. I wasn't overly hungry and when everyone else was nodding off in the afternoon with sugar comas. I felt sharp and was devouring every bit or information the presenters were willing to hand out. 

Well that will do for this Blog. In future articles. 

What am I eating?

What is my current training regime?

What am I doing about my Plantar Fascitis? All that and more. 

If there is anything specific you would like to know. Please leave a comment below or on the Facebook page. I am still learning everyday but I am enjoying my experience immensely and am after 5 weeks still excited as a kid on Christmas morning running to see what is under the tree. 

Till next time. 

Live well. Eat healthy & remember that" "If you are Living the dream. It usually means that you wrote that dream down some where and made a plan to get to where you are today".

Coach Mick



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Posted on February 14, 2017 .