I've gained 47 pounds!
A dubious honor. I've looked back at the data to correlate how I've
- I was very heavy when I started real training. My training initially wasn't Ironman training but started with cycling, then to sprints, then to oly, then to HIM.
- I was at my lowest weight (almost at goal) in the first half of 2010.
- In the second half of 2010 I decided to start my Iron quest for a fall 2011 race. I fully expected to continue the success I had in the body composition front.
- Instead, though, I focused on training more than nutrition and gained about 20 pounds during training for 2011 Ironman Florida. Most of it was gained in the early part of the training but thankfully when I was training up to 20 hours a week, I wasn't gaining (nor losing) weight.
- After I finished my Ironman (6 months ago today!), I've gained the rest.
So, what have I inferred from this data? If I train up to 20 hours a week and don't pay attention to nutrition, I have maintained (not lost) weight. If I focus on nutrition/body composition and train a moderate amount (say 10 hours a week or so), I can positively impact my body composition. Can't you train for a Iron Distance race AND pay attention to nutrition/body composition? Some people probably can but I proved that when I had the opportunity, I did not. Don't know why as I understood the importance of this. Note I'm not even talking about the impact on my family life with Iron training.
Since I won't consider "the" stomach surgery, I think a mix of 10 or less hours a week is right coupled with a renewed focus on nutrition is the right approach. What is that nutrition focus? To be continued.....