- it's a challenge to be creative and stay within boundaries. my short list of go-to items included a whole lot of tuna, avocadoes, almonds, cheese, olive oil and chicken caesar salad. most meals were a mix-and-match variation using those core foods.
- i tried to keep a log of each meal that i ate - and even found that to be tough ... which seems funny since i log every run/workout. somehow i've got a full day and a half where i cannot remember what i ate.
- the first hard workout into the fat-loading schedule was a 16k Hansons Marathon Method tempo run (at marathon pace) - and after the first kilometre it felt like i absolutely hit the wall. talk about pushing past your limits.
- i lost weight. which seems strange when you let people know that you're maxxing out on your (healthy) fats. but sure enough i dropped about two pounds, even when it felt like i was taking in more calories than i normally would. my friend and unofficial advisor stan suggested that it probably had to do with carbs retaining more water than fats.
- there were some interesting recipes that i did try to tackle, including a cauliflower crust pizza. while i still have some work to do in terms of really nailing the crust texture, it turn out too badly - if i do say so myself.
- after all of this i think that i will be including a few more low-carb/high-fat meals into my regular diet. even though by day three all i could think of was pasta and garlic bread, by day eight i was pretty ok with what i was eating morning, noon and night.
- and i'll fat-load again - maybe even longer in preparation for The North Face Endurance Challenge Series Gore-Tex 50-miler this july. (psssttt ... if you're thinking of signing up for any distance at this event, use the promo code D30PVON15 for a 15% discount!)