|LOVE this "preventing sudden death"|
Day 1 is complete at the KSI: Korey Stringer Institute on the Campus of UConn in the Department of Kinesiology. They are renowned for their research and expertise in heat and hydration. A department I am renowned for failing.
My last 2 (or 6) ironmans were challenging as they resulted in massive weight loss 9 and 6 lbs respectively, foggy memory, black spots, delirium, GI issues and just not a good time. Add any other HOT race they have all included upper/lower or sometimes both GI distress - picture that in a porta potty when its 100 degrees, cramping, extreme nausea.... I know I am a heavy sweater 60-74 oz of fluid loss an hour ( known to date) and 1800-2200 mg of sodium. Numbers that are challenging to replace. I have tried so many products and plans and still strugle every HOT Ironman. So I have come to mecca. To the place, they do the testing and will give me actual numbers of sweat and sodium loss.
A long day of travel and I rolled in around 8 and unpacked my bike. First thing I noticed was the plastic piece on the side that prevents something I am sure, was torn off - see the x that is GONE. I unpack my bike and put it together, hmmmm, wheel rubbing, try again, and then I see it. Fuck- seat stay is crushed in.
In hindsight, I forgot the pads on the seat stay, although not sure it would have sustained that crash- I tape pool noodles on every OTHER possible place of impact and 100% forgot to protect this area. I have not packed my bike since August and was in a hurry, chatting on the phone and was remiss.
Got to KSI at 8:30 and we were able to get the bike on the Kickr and using a knife and some electrical tape, we braced it up for the testing. Today was substrate utilization testing - which is to determine my carb vs fat burning and actual Kcal/hour at various intensities. All with this lovely mask. The test was 1:10 starting at 50% of FTP and working up in 5 min increments to 120%, tracking HR/Power. I don't have full results but here is a shocker I am not a big fat burner...LOL, no kidding not fat adapted. I burn the most fat at 68-72% of FTP, my sweet spot for Ironman. And burn fewer calories than I
After the test, we chatted a bit, and then I was given my urine collection canisters- oh yes, 24 hours of collection. Nothing like walking about with urine in your backpack. I was also given a log to commence at noon for ALL food/beverage consumption. Detailed as in type, amount, how prepared, brand name, time, restaurant etc. And my core temperature pill which I swallow between midnight and 4am for the big testing tomorrow.
Rest of the day I am working and hope to check out the campus a bit.
Tomorrow- 2hour IM bike in Heat Chamber - set at Kona conditions + 1 hour Run