Okay, here's the question of the day. Why is it that my body seems to want more food when my training volume decreases than during some of the heaviest training/racing periods of the year?
About 10 days ago, my kids started coming down with colds. They had slight fevers followed by lots of congestion and coughing. We spent several days wiping noses, pushing fluids, and occassionally disregarding alarmist warnings by providing medicine. Having two sick kids meant a lot of nights sleeping on one floor or another trying to comfort them, or at least keeping them company when they couldn't sleep.
One significant difference between marathon training and ultra marathon training is the nutrition needed for training runs. Most marathoners will complete two runs of about 20 miles prior to race day. Training for the Fall 50 in October calls for back to back weekend runs, and those runs have been in the range of 4-5 hours for weeks. That translates to 23-30 miles.
Anyone familiar with Chris McCormack's history at the Ironman World Championships knows he paid some heavy dues on his way to becoming world champion. His early attempts at winning in Hawaii ended in failure as he struggled with heat, dehydration, nutrition, and the worst the course could throw at him. By constantly learning the lessons taught at Kona, adjusting his plans, and, most importantly, making changes to his electrolyte intake, McCormack fought his way to the top of the podium.
Just who is this Iron Pol?
A former out of shape sailor, who became a marathoner, then a triathlete, Ironman, and ultramarathoner. Now, life has pushed me into short track speed skating. More important than the titles is the lifestyle, and sharing it with others.