Wednesday, July 01, 2009

"how much weight do you lose doing a race like that?"

Thanks for all the replies to my $10,000 post. I really would rather be fit and reach my weight goal than have $10,000, so I was really just wondering why I don't make my training more of a priority, like I would if there was a big chunk of change on the line.

One of the other times I did a triathlon, one of my aunts (who doesn't know much about exercise) asked me, "How much weight do you lose doing a race like that?" It was such a weird question that I didn't know how to answer. You could probably lose about a pound or two of water during a hot race, but of course, you don't lose real weight that way. I might lose a little in training but not always, because I have a tendency to make up any calorie deficit I create with exercise by eating more. All this to introduce a weird phenomenon: I weighed myself this Monday and my weight was way up. It was up again yesterday, and is still up a little today. I'm calling it fluid retention from sore muscles and am going to give it until Friday before I count it as real.

I'm still recovering physically, too. I forgot to sign up for my Pilates Reformer class for today. Instead, they offered me a Jump Board Interval class. It's hard to explain, but they attach a board (it looks like a headboard from a bed) to the bottom of the Reformer carriage, and you lay on the carriage and push off with your feet to "jump." The springs provide resistance. I found a video of what it looks like, since it's hard to visualize. It doesn't look very strenuous but jumping for most of an hour really tired me out. I felt better after lunch, though. I didn't feel like cooking so stopped at a nearby grocery store and picked up premade sushi. I want to keep the momentum going and not eat junk.

I'm also trying to be a little more organized with my workout tracking, hoping that it will make me more consistent. I bought a simple pocket monthly/weekly planner at Target that runs from July-July. It started Monday, right after the race. In the past I've tried to keep really detailed workout logs and it has never worked well for me, but this is small and gives me just enough room to write a little about what I did. The monthly pages are nice for planning out my workouts. My husband liked it so much he wanted one too, so I got him one with a different color cover. Mine is green, his is blue. I'm going to track my daily weight and my daily calorie count (from Lose It!) along with my workouts. I've already mapped out all my long runs (from the plan I posted) in the calendar up to the half marathon.

My summer class is finally over and I just have to finish grading. Time to get back to it.


  1. You can easily be carrying some weight from fluid retention. After all, you race harder than when you train, so you worked those muscles extra hard. As you know, while those musles are repairing all the micro tears that result from the harder race effort, you're going to be holding onto extra water. No worries, it is not yours to own at this point.

  2. The organization should give you a better sense of control and continuing awareness of exactly what you're doing (food and exercise) to reach your goals. WTG for finding something and implementing right away!

  3. I gained weight (.4 lbs) the week after my triathlon, the next week I lost 5.8 lbs.
    Give it a week and you'll see your hard work pay off.

    Keep up the great work!


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