After coming back from Brazil, I had the best intentions of doing another Metabolic Efficiency Assessment to note any changes in my metabolic efficiency immediately after pacing my athlete during the Brazil 135 ultra-run. I was also scheduling my comprehensive blood work analysis to get a more clear picture of my blood lipid and stress profile. However, a minor setback (aka-The Flu) had other plans for me.
I have been down and out for 9 days. Seven of these days were absolutely miserable and sidelined me from even leaving the house. I had to clear my entire work schedule. Training was out of the question and even more alarming to a person who loves cooking and experimenting in the kitchen: I lost all taste senses! Noooooo. The horror!
Anyway, it is day 10 and I am going to attempt my first training session tomorrow morning at the Team EMC swim practice led by Coach Susan Williams. I, of course, will be adapting my workout quite a bit and will swim down a lane in order to keep my efforts aerobic and ease my way back into health.
From a nutrition perspective, I completely lost my appetite the first three days and slowly regained it back. I tried to stay on my controlled carbohydrate experiment as much as possible but to be honest, higher fat foods did not sound good at all. I enjoyed a few nutritional speedbumps through this illness as I listened to what my body wanted. Mostly, it called for soups, crackers (almond crisps) and fruit. Very strange but I fed my body what it wanted. I am happy to report that I am back 100% to my controlled carbohydrate experiment now.
As I add in my training, very slowly, I am eager to note how my body bounces back from this illness of which I have not had since I was a kid. Stay tuned...high intensity triathlon and plyometric training is coming!