So, as its Mundi I should be waking up and tripping into the bathroom to jump on the all singing, all dancing, body fat analysing, computer controlled scales for the weekly weigh in. But I'm not. There is absolutely no point and I don't want to be disappointed to see the numbers going up.
I've stuck to calorie counting and gone significantly over on two days, exacerbated by indulging a few beers on top of the excess. I've done even better on the exercise front. 6KM on a couple of days, started weights, but I cycled twice.
Did 48 miles on Wensdi and 65 on Sundi. The 48 miles were glorious. The 65 were blissful. (Thats 100K in new money) But on both days calories went through the roof.
What I noticed was that I had been calorie counting persistently to keep under 1500 as well as exercising that when it came to several hours of more rigorous exercise it was flagging. Probably a good sign that stored glycogen was down but it didn't feel good. The sausage sarnie at the first coffee stop put some Iron back in my legs for the afternoon then we hit the Pasticherra in Beverley - which featured drinks, pizza and ice cream - put fire in my legs for the ride back to the car.
Made me stop and think carefully about getting nutrition right and made me realise that I have still got a lot to learn. Still managed to shave a few grammes off. But I'd under fed before and probably over indulged in the afternoon.
Sundays ride was the York 100 - for Action Research for Children. So I had to get the nutrition right. From the evening before I loaded up the Carbs- Hi GI wholemeal pasta, and porridge for breakfast. Got a few energy bars to go with and set off. If you've never done an organised ride you are missing out. It was amazing! The route was absolutely fantastic. Organisation impeccable and the atmosphere wonderful. The feeding stations were a welcome diversion and feeling the benefit of the loaded carbs. Put in a time that I simply didn't believe - we had to check it. So the nutritional plan seemed to have worked and delivered a very memorable day. But on paper at least was an eye boggling number of calories.
So I'm giving the body a day off the accountability of the scales to let it recover from the exertions as well as the calories. I'll see how I'm getting on tomorrow.
What was really noticeable were the number of people who were on a similar personal journey, yes there were a large number of the super fit super skinny racing snakes, but actually you couldn't tell by looking at someone what distance they were doing. People of all shapes and sizes and levels of fitness were out and about doing something good for them selves. Whatever shape or size, people were out there and doing themselves some good! And If they can I can and if they can you can!