I confess that in the past if someone had said they were having curry the night before a race I would have sucked on my teeth but prior to Stratford I had a chicken jalfrezi, bhindi bhaji, saag aloo, pilau rice and naan..popodoms ..and a beer, there may have been a pudding I can't remember. Did the same for a 300k bike ride finished eating at 10pm started at midnight no prob. If you have a sensitive tummy obviously it's not on.
Food that's bad will make you ill what ever it is in 2011 we went down to the sea front for pasta and my other half was ill before we got out of the restaurant. I spent the next 12 hours expecting the worse.
2013 I went on the bus tour on Saturday which got back too late for a decent lunch so ate 2 family packs of crisps and a bag of chocolate peanuts the night before. Breakfast was muesli with banana full cooked breakfast orange juice and 3 cups of coffee...I finished and saw a lot of folks throwing up their energy drink along the way, you could tell by the colour.
It's good to experiment but nothing is fool proof.
I gave up on running mags a while back I used to like running fitness until it decided it needed to be more like RW. The Marathon talk show is quite good, they've interviewed some very interesting people from all areas of the sport, and archive all the shows and it's free.
Yes you could say that, I'm going to S.A. for a rest. It's going to be an experience on my milage.
I'm finding the process interesting at the moment I'm recovering much faster from the 600k than the 400 and my best guess is it's because I'm further away from the marathon. What has been curious is that towards the end of both the 4 and 6 from about 50-100k from the end I seem to get stronger and I'm not sure what's going on.
Qualified for Comrades at Stratford on 26th April which was my last chance, running has been a bit limited after straining one calf in Jan and the other in March, up until a week before race the longest run done this year was 5.6m until 2 days before when I ran 9m to test my shoes....I know. I ran 4.03 off that with a negative split and ran all the way. I'd expected to be walking from early on. Where did that come from? I was sore for a few days.
I completed the qualifiers for Paris-Brest-Paris yesterday, with a 600k ride following on from a 400k the previous weekend. Not ideal but it was that or do the 600k next week a week before Comrades. Strangely I was in better shape at the end of the 6 than the 4 although my arse was not.
My 10k swim is in trouble, I'm way behind with the training and won't make the 14th June race so I have to find another.