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24 June 2009 @ 09:24 am
important things  

Important things I have learned this morning:

1. It is all well and good to get up and bike to the gym. However, it is necessary to bring some kind of sustenance (ie, an apple) and eat it after swimming but before biking home again. Otherwise by the time I arrive home, I will be light-headed and nauseous from the dramatic inverse of energy expended to energy ingested. Being nauseous makes me disinclined to eat, which makes the situation worse, until eventually I am white-staticky and shaking and cannot function. Fortunately, today at least I recognized the latter half of that cycle, and ate as soon as I got home.

2. the Pilates class at the gym which is “starting soon” is in fact not starting until the fall, because everybody who’s expressed interest has also said, “Ah, but I won’t be able to make it until September so,” except me. So I’m going to have to re-apply myself to Pilates at Home, which I’ve kind of been eh about lately. Exercise is hard.


ytd km swum: 44.7
ytd wordcount: 188,200

(x-posted from the essential kit)
Current Mood: soresore
nojaynojay on June 24th, 2009 12:09 pm (UTC)
If you're exercising to build muscle, a good after-snack is a banana. They have lots of potassium to replace the losses from sweating.
kitmizkit on June 24th, 2009 12:15 pm (UTC)
Sadly, I loathe bananas. Possibly I should eat a baked potato in the morning... :)
Pamela: I can fix that!jeditigger on June 24th, 2009 12:43 pm (UTC)
You're in Ireland. Isn't that all you guys eat anyways? :-D

The dried fruit and nuts is a great idea, though if you're perspiring having salted nuts isn't that bad.
anthony_lionanthony_lion on June 25th, 2009 09:31 am (UTC)
Salted nuts is a big NO when exercising.

The salt binds the liquid in your body, but not always whee you want it. It also dries out your mouth, making you feel thirstier than you realy are, so you don't drink the right amount when you need it.

Instead, use an isotonic sports drink when replenishing liquids.
(They contains different salts that helps your body absorb water more efficiently. )

Edit: just forgot to mention that sports drinks could also be labelled 'tooth rot in a bottle' so it's nothing you'd want to sip all day long.

Edited at 2009-06-25 09:32 am (UTC)
Alix (Tersa): Swimming4 (leici)tersa on June 24th, 2009 04:49 pm (UTC)
Mmmmm, baked potato. :)

Although my trick to get the extra potassium is simply to take a potassium tablet about half an hour before swimming and then a multivitamin (which contaisn more potassium) about an hour later, with breakfast.