Thursday, January 19, 2012

A. F. E.

Sometime around Wednesday of last week, the s*%t literally hit the fan.  My head was suffering from an intense fog like state.  I’m reasonably sure, no make that positive, that it was alcohol addiction.  That night I passed out around 8 PM on Dee Dee’s shoulder.

Thursday morning, I woke up feeling…  better.  I was refreshed, and my head was a good bit clearer.  I worked from home Thursday, and since Dee Dee was off work, we went to Canyon Burgers in Woodstock for lunch.  I had the option of a chicken, turkey, or vegetarian burger, but I decided to go with the meat.  My “no red meat” diet is a choice, not a moral issue.  I’ll cheat when I wanna, and it were good.

Speaking of cheating, Dee Dee and I had a date night Friday night.  We went to Outback Steakhouse for the second time eva.  I drank a bit, and enjoyed a rather healthy fish dinner.  My lack of alcohol over the previous two weeks made me a light weight.  That whole “use it or lose it” thing is totally true.  My poor kidneys were not ready for a stress test.  After more wine on Sunday, it took me until Wednesday to recover.  Needless to say, my beer cheat night this weekend is cancelled.

Since I’ve started feeling better, I have come to the (probably duh) conclusion that my bad drinking habits has had such a negative effect on my training.  I coined the term Alcohol Fueled Endurance.  See, I work in computers, and I was in the military.  Three letter acronyms are a way of life.  AFE is fine if you are happy with it, but I realize now that it pretty much made me feel like crap.  All the time.  I have resolved to work harder to break this habit, and maybe turn it into one that is more healthy.  We shall see.

A friend of mine introduced me to TrainerRoad.  It’s a rather neat concept.  It uses the known power curve for your trainer, along with your Ant+ cadence and speed sensor to generate a power reading.  I’ve been dying to try it out.  Last night, I dragged Haint out of the basement and hooked her up to the trainer.  After installing the software, I spent a few minutes registering my heart rate monitor and speed/cadence sensor.  It was stupid simple.  After clicking go on the Free 30 workout, off I went.

Free 30 Power

OK.  So I haven’t been on my bike since July, but this is cool.  I picked Cycle Ops 4 for my power setting.  I assumed that meant the Cycle Ops was on setting 4.  I don’t really care if it’s exactly accurate, just that the numbers go up and down as I work harder/easier.  As you can see, I held a nice range of 115-120 for the first 20 minutes of the workout, then I started to dial it down towards the end.  The power output responded accordingly.

The web site has seven training plans, and I believe over a hundred workouts.  I even exported my workout as a TCX file and loaded it into SportTracks 3.0 for further analysis.  This digit boy is a happy camper!

Oh yea.  I ran a couple of times :-)

Happy training!



Kim said...

mmm red meat and wine! now youre talking :)

Carolina John said...

Alcohol addiction can be a really tough thing to come to terms with. Take all the time you need and don't hesitate to reach out anytime you want to talk about it. I'll drink with the best of them, but really only about 3 or 4 times a year.

I get the AFE concept, but it really will hold you back in the long run. Smart decision bro. Good call.

iJuls said...

HaHa! Life and learn.

Wes said...

Thank you for your concern, my friends! I did not say I was an alcoholic!

Lily on the Road said...

LOL, you are an alcoholic like I was...NOT

...but you just feel better with out the stuff. Heading into 1 year as of the 22rd and don't miss it a bit.

hmmm, maybe I'd better bust out the HRM since I haven't ever used it...EVER

Michelle said...

More numbers to analyze - would make me dizzy, but seems like a great thing for you!

Stef said...

I had a couple of cocktails with a friend in NYC last week and was drunk off my ass.

It was fun.

Training makes me lose the taste for it -- I only drink on special occasions and even then it's like, meh.

As with any tough habit, keep chipping away, you'll get where you want to go.

Colleen said...

So you are a cheap date after a few weeks off from drinking?? :)

Good on you for cheating and having meat. I like that you make the rules!

Lisa said...

for me the answer has simply been to cut alcohol out completely and i feel so much better (and it never interferes with workouts that way!)

Stuart said...

Now that's an interesting set of comments!

Personally I a total cheap date I lost my taste for wine 5 years ago and maybe have 3-4 beers a month

I am sure it will help with the training and you may even notice a few pounds falling off, alcohol are such empty calories!

Glad you are enjoying TR, make sure to do the FTP tests!

Stuart said...

Clearly I need a drink to type through...


Smithposts... said...

Sounds like the burger was worthy of your um...vegetarian indiscretion!

Joe said...

I'm just glad I know you, Wes!!!

Jess Milcetich said...

Haha as someone who know works in government I understand the three letter abbreviation thing.