I am 80% recover from my stomach flu. Whenever I eat anything unhealthy, the stomach will complain. At least it will keep me in my diet.
Training is slowly ramping up. Following the plan that my coach gave me, this week I am only doing 7 hours. This should be no problem considering that I am unemploy (I just got an interview tomorrow..so that should be good).
Going to Hong Kong for four weeks is not the best way to prepare for an Ironman. Swim wise, I am off. Bike wise, I haven't done any long bike. I ain't sure if my stomach can tolerate all the water and gatorade. Run wise, I have been feeling pretty good. On Sun, I ran an hour and a half in IM pace. It took a lot of discipline to keep my Heart Rate below 150. I felt so slow. I did 10:1. Jog for 10 min and walk for 1. I walked up all the hills to keep my HR down.
I just re-ordered from Infinit Nutrition. This time around I tweaked my nutrition and make it more conservative.
Here is my formula:
Sodium - 291 mg
Potassium - 84 mg
Total Carb - 76
Sugars - 15
Calories - 302
Calorie wise, this is just a bit less than 2 Carb-boom gel plus one bottle of gatorade (750 ml) per hour. I hope this sits well in my stomach. My last formula, the sodium was too high and I was having stomach issues.
Part of me still lingers Hong Kong. I miss the atmosphere. The fact I don't have to drive and and within 5 min walking distance I can get anything I need. Most of all, I miss my relatives. Cousins that I met them once or twice.
A number of people have been asking me to go back to Hong Kong and work. I told them that I can't b/c there is no place to bike on an island. If I actually live in Hong Kong, I would find a way to train. Hong Kong has a lot of mountains. I would love to ride on those. There is a matter of smog though. But there are still a large number of runners and cyclists on the road.
I was able to find a 50 m outdoor pool to swim in. In my city, there are no outdoor pool. I love it. There is nothing like knowing that you had a good swim by seeing your own tan lines.
What I am trying to say is that at times we wish we can live in an more ideal place to train. Like right now I wish I can be out riding in shorts and spandex. I can't b/c we are having winter temperature.
We just have to make the best of what we can in our enviornment.
My little cousin William and me. He is so funny.