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.
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 :-)