Wow, what a past week it has been! Whether you consider it good or bad, I was unfortunate enough to have gotten sick (self diagnosed acute bronchitis) exactly one week ago today. I knew that I would have to lay low if I had any shot at heading down to the Grand Canyon this upcoming week to tackle the R2R2R so that’s exactly what I did.
I won’t report on my daily activities as it was a bit boring but will say that I tried to do something each day even if it was just as simple as walking my dog. Tuesday and Wednesday were the worst days of the illness but I felt about 75% better when I woke up on Thursday morning. That was the confidence I needed, especially since I was really, really missing my running! I ended the week with 16.6 miles of slow hiking/walking, an elevation gain of 1391 feet and a whopping 153 TSS (down about 375 from last week). Yikes!
No strength this week. And no real sports nutrition as I didn’t really train (remember, nutrition periodization?). I’m confident in my fueling strategy for the R2R2R and will be using all Generation UCAN products in the journey. The plan right now is to have my 2 liter water pack filled with water and Generation UCAN Hydrate watermelon, one 20 ounce bottle of Generation UCAN chocolate protein energy powder and one 20 ounce bottle of water. Consume at will. One Generation UCAN cinnamon swirl energy bar per hour going from south to north rim, then reassess my energy levels and leg fatigue to determine if I need more calories to make it back up the south rim again. I may reward myself with a Generation UCAN chocolate peanut butter bar or two along the way as these are my absolute favorite! Seriously, a bar this good should not have such great functional properties but it does! That’s it. Easy peasy. All electrolytes and calories coming from Generation UCAN!
I will say that while being sick certainly didn’t feel good, it did force my body to rest. My TSB (training stress balance) is in the positive and actually pretty close to where I wanted it to be leading into my journey, before I got sick. Knees and Achilles didn’t hurt and no lower back pain…so that was a positive for sure! Funny how things work out sometimes…
My self confidence was pretty low until Thursday and Friday. I finally felt human again and knew that I would actually be able to accomplish my goal this upcoming week. It may not be fast but I’m going to give it my all, while being safe and listening to my body cues.
I am going to do my best to post some photos via my Instagram account (bobseebohar) so be sure to follow along this week. I will follow up with my concluding blog post next Sunday to wrap up the journey and hopefully will have some amazing photos and stories to share!