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Epic weekend

13 Aug

This was a great weekend – 2 days of major exercise. Saturday spent all day on a hike to Surpise Lake. Left home at 6:50 am, got home at 9:30 pm. Had a great time meeting a bunch of hikers on a meetup hike, had a relaxing hour at the lake (blessedly bug free), went for a swim (brr!), and at the end, went out for dinner as a group. Did the best I could – had a Cobb salad with very little dressing, and drank water. I am not at all concerned about the bacon or blue cheese on it, I ate all of it, yum. And so tired! 2300 calories burned!

Before the weekend was even begun, I had made plans to go for a bike ride on Sunday. Convinced my bff to do both with me. We started in North Seattle at her house, joined up the Burke Gilman Trail, went around the top of Lake Washington to the eastside and contined on the Sammamish River Trail to Marymore Park. Round trip: 40 miles in 4 hours (not including breaks)!!!! 1500 calories burned!

While nothing was hurting, I was generally sore and fatigued. Had to take a nap at 6 pm, too tired to do anything else. Woke up, went on the internet for a few hours, and back to bed!!!

The biggest thing I struggle with is eating during these activities. How to balance eating to provide sufficient energy during activities, yet still stick to a calorie-deficient diet? I’m trying to eat as I normally do, and just have a lot more snacks, spaced out. Rather than eating meals, I’ll have parts of food a lot more often.

First thing in the morning: normal breakfast – Cheerios and soymilk with fruit
Half hour before starting a hike: Kashi or other bar or maybe a serving of fruit
1 -2 hours into the activity: Snack #1 (a bar or fruit or nuts)
3-4 hours in: Lunch – a small sandwich with protein, lettuce, mayo or avocado, bread of some kind
5-6 hours in: Snack #2 – see snack #1 above

Biking is more challenging. I don’t wear a backpack, and my carry case on my bike is precious tiny. It fits a tire, emergency inflation, my wallet, my phone, 1-2 bar/energy snacks, lip balm and keys. That’s it. Hard to bring lunch with me, so I have to just pace out my eating to multiple small snacks. So far so good, but I’m extra ravenous at the end!

Of course, during this all, I try and drink 4 oz of water about every 20-30 minutes. I notice this isn’t enough. If you don’t have the urge to pee, you’re not drinking enough! I’m trying, I bring 2 liters of water every hike and seem to drink about the same on bike rides (luckily there are plenty of water fountains along bike trails), but I’m going to start bringing 3 liters on hikes. Plus, don’t forget the water for after the event is over. Drink up! Drink plenty! Hydrate!

So far it’s working pretty well for me. Dinner is all about recovery. I often find I’m starving, but fill up quickly. I don’t know what it is, but after intense exercise, I often am not that interested in food. Rest yes, big calorie-loaded dinner, no. It’s the silver lining to spending half or more than a day in any single physical activity.

So what did you do this weekend?

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Posted by on August 13, 2012 in Calorie burn, Weekend warrior

 

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  1. Beth M

    August 13, 2012 at 18:46

    I’m new to reading your blog, and I can’t believe you were at Surprise Lake – I just hiked that last weekend. It’s my absolute favorite trail, and I’m so glad the snow has FINALLY cleared.
    I think I generally do ok fueling my weekend activities, it’s cutting back on the days when I’m not as active that can be a challenge. On long hike days I focus more on protein so I get energy that lasts – fruit or other carbs without protein tends to give me a brief energy high but then I crash again. Hydration’s hard – I’m sure I ought to drink more on the trail but that leads to … um … complications. Requires careful strategy. I mostly figure I’ll hydrate once I’m back in my car. 🙂

     
  2. dietmaven

    August 13, 2012 at 19:12

    Beth, thanks for your comment! Yes, Surprise is a wonderful lake, I think one of the best ones I’ve come across. I think Bianca Lake is on my list for this coming weekend, just to the north side of Hwy 2 (same area). Good point, I should be trying for more protein (more nuts I guess, and some deli meat). I’ll try it this coming weekend and see how I feel. I urge you to hydrate while hiking – everyone pees in the wood!!

     

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