It all started out it great on Tuesday with a good weight lifting session followed by getting my butt back to Main Square pool and pounding out 3000m of solid swimming. And then it all began to unravel! Tuesday night I prepared a good dinner in anticipation for a hard 2 hour ride followed by a solid run the following day. I made sure I was well hydrated and well fed for the next day's workout. Then as I put myself to bed nice and early, my tummy didn't feel quite right. I thought nothing of it until just after midnight.
Just after midnight, and for the next 6 hours, I was overcome by a serious case of food poisoning / stomach bug. Around 4 in the morning I remember thinking, I have to get this out of me so I can ride in the morning. By the time morning came, I was a listless, frail, shell of myself. I'm still not sure how I got the kids' lunches made and got them to school but I spent the entire day laying bed drifting in and out of consciousness. I couldn't eat. I couldn't drink. Thank goodness for my neighbour Alice who picked the kids up from school and for my in-laws who brought dinner for the kids and took JJ to his last soccer match. I was completely debilitated.
Little did I know the toll something like this takes on your body. I had lost 6 pounds in 24 hours so I knew I was severely dehydrated but I couldn't put anything in my body. By end of day Wednesday I was sure I was not going to be able to do my run or my swim as planned on Thursday and I sent a note off to my riding buddies for Friday - I said I was fully planning on riding the planned 4.5 hour ride, as long as I could get some nutrition in me on Thursday.
Thursday came and while I felt better, it was still hard to get my body to accept much. I got a banana down and a quarter of an avocado. I sipped on my NUUN and plain water. But I was still undernourished and dehydrated and my stomach was still not right. By Thursday night I made the call that I would shorten my ride on Friday to around 2 hours and I would definitely ride if I felt up to it.
I woke Friday morning feeling better. Not 100% but closer to 80% which isn't bad. I choked down half a GF bagel with peanut butter - not even close to enough food but it was all I could do. While I knew I was definitely undernourished for a ride, I was desperate to get some training in. Plus it was Duncan's birthday and I had picked up some vegan cupcakes from Tory's Bakeshop (I am not vegan but Duncan is and I have to say - you wouldn't even know these cupcakes were vegan! SO delish - plus they have great GF treats too - so if you are in the beaches - check them out!).
|Happy Birthday Duncan!|
|all smiles after the ride|