The first week is off to a good start.
I finally gathered up enough courage to go swimming at the gym. I can't say I am a fan of gym going, but the pool is nice, and the people seemed mostly cool.
It's interesting going against your own fight or flight system. The tingling sensation of panic and the narrowing tunnel vision - it's very strange. It's odd to know, logically, there is no reason to be having such terror, but having it sweep over you anyway. I am realizing that while I am genuinely afraid of sharks, it's actually being judged that freaks me out the most - “Hey look, there is the fat, non-tan having hairy old guy! Everyone point and laugh!". Man, I hate Google.
After the swim, I ran back to the changing room, and I ran out of the gym. I was soaked and tracked water all over the entry way to the gym. I made a huge mess because I was in such a hurry to get out of there. I did it though, and hopefully it'll get easier. I have to do it a few times a week so it better.
I still haven't gotten a swimming heart rate monitor, so I think my arbitrary, mostly meaningless numbers are still down:
But I reckon they'll creep back up. TrainingPeaks seems to favor long runs over all other forms of exercise.
I also started playing around with my nutrition a bit.
Anyone who reads this would know I am a vegan (that wont change), and I don't ‘believe’ in counting calories, but I have been reading a bit about intermittent fasting.
It's basically just eating all your food within a window of time. So I eat from about 10:00am to 8:00pm. I eat the same amount and type of food, I just do it within that window of time. That means there is about 14 hours where I don't eat.
Initially that sounds kind of weird, but from what I've been reading, processing food takes a lot of the bodies resources. Giving the body a break for an extended period of time allows it to take care of some of the extended items on it's to-do list.
I've been doing it for a week, and everything seems fine. I seem to be sleeping better, but it's hard to say if those two things are related. I am going to keep it up for a little while longer, and if it sticks it sticks. If not, I am not too fussed. It's an interesting experiment to run if you're into that kind of thing.
I want to reiterate I am not limiting what I eat. I eat exactly the same things. I also want to point out that I do not go into ketosis (that would take 16 hours of fasting I believe - aka ‘starving yourself’ / depleting your glycogen stores). I have a few friends who like ketosis, but based on what I've read it's not something I want to do to myself. I am not going to bash people who do it, but I have no interest in “replacing carbs with ketones”.
Long story long, I might keep up the intermittent fasting thing, and I might not. If my performance suffers I'll drop it, but for now it doesn't seem to be hurting anything.