The first thing I have been trying to tackle in my nutrition ‘review’, in part because it is the easiest, is hydration. It hasn’t involved any radical changes, but just a slightly more diligent approach to my drinking. I was already quite good at remaining hydrated, but less so at drinking close to and around my training sessions.
The most crucial change I have made is taking an additional bottle of water in the car on my way of training. It is just water but something for me to sip on the way there and the way home. That means I am routinely taking squash with a pinch of salt for my training beverage (supposedly a good substitute for commercial sports drinks, although I need to look-up a proper recipe). Often on the way home I would get a headache because of dehydration but the last week and a half I haven’t: so far, so good.
Generally though, with the introduction of twice-weekly weights, my body is feeling the fatigue. It’s not muscle wrenching aches, but just an under-lying weariness. During my swim today, I could feel I was using a lot of my energy supplies to keep going. But, this is the purpose of this winter (and specifically UT) training, so hopefully I will slowly adapt and recover better and also see the benefits. Until then, I am making sure that eat plenty to keep the energy topped-up; my appetite is certainly coming back.