I have been inspired, or at least my curiosity was piqued by Charisa and JP and I have gone meatless. I don't say vegetarian because I feel that term denotes a level of commitment I have not risen to... yet. It has only been 11 days that I have refrained from consuming any animal that doesn't make its home in the ocean (and I only ate some of those once). For those that know me, and my ....er... nutritional predilections in the past, this news would (if any of them read this) come as a HUGE shock. To say that historically my eating habits have been predominantly carnivorous, would be a DRASTIC UNDERSTATEMENT!! Meat, be it red, white, the other white, brown, or almost any other color, has been a firm STAPLE of my diet for the entirety of my, as of yesterday, 29 years on this planet.
For the last 11 days that changed. NO MAS! I was intrigued by JP's posts and the obvious copious amounts of research he had done, and decided to give it a go. I know it was a little risky to try during the last big week of training for IM CdA but I knew that if I felt down, I could just drop the deal and eat a steak. I was pleasantly surprised however at how good I have felt. I wouldn't say the change has been glaring by any means, but I have noticed that I feel like my digestive processes have sped up, and thus I feel as though I am better fueled for workouts and have had less GI issues and naggings during my trainings as a result. I don't think it is the no meat diet, but more just the eating healthier and training more, but I think I have dropped a few lbs, which is good. We will see how long it lasts. But for right now, I am content to keep experimenting.
This weekend will be my last weekend of big training before the taper for IM CdA. Saturday will bring the 21mi loop I was supposed to run 2 weeks ago and with the calves (FINGERS CROSSED!!) feeling relatively good on my last 2 runs, I think it is going to be a good one. A swim video session is to follow and then a birthday BBQ. (I don't know what I will Q, so I may have to eat some more of our swimming friends). Sunday will be my last big ride, but is not going to have all the hills I usually incorporate and should be pretty mellow towards the end. Then its taper time. Getting anxious!!