This summer (just like last summer), I've been struggling to find the magic hydration solution. After training all 2010 with Gatoraid, this spring it started tearing me up. So I switched to Nuun. That worked until the weather got into the 90s. I simply needed more calories. Made a shot at Gatoraid again and it just didn't agree with me.
So last week I spent the entire week trying all those sample-sized drinks -- Accelerade, Heed, blah, blah, blah. The winner....Ironman made by PowerBar. Tummy happy. Suann happy.
Had an interesting conversation with a friend this week about hydration, calories, etc. We Texans train in extreme heat. There is just no way of getting around it. When your low temps are 88 - 92 degrees at 0530, you have to make nutrition adjustments. Puzzled as to why I need more calories during the summer, he pulled this article for me.
According to the article, part of the weight we lose is from the fuel we use, about 10%. It is not uncommon for me to lose 3-6 pounds on a long run.
Here's a link to the article
Training this week went really well. I'm still suffering a shoulder issue that has kept me out of the pool. But my running has been strong. I am racing a 10K in few weeks in Michigan and it's been well over a year since my last one. I did a tempo earlier this week that gave me a really good idea on my race strategy. I should have that PR in the bag...that is if I don't go out too fast.
Here's a recap from the week..
Monday - 7.5 miles
Tuesday - 7.6 miles and a pathetic swim
Wednesday - 8 miles, 1 warm up - 6 tempo - 1 cool down. Hour of weight training and core
Thursday - 6 miles
Friday - 1 hour weight training and core
Saturday - 9 miles night trail run
Sunday - 14.1 miles
Total miles - 52.2