Training has been ramping up in preparation for the first race of the season. This means long bikes, hard runs, and of course a few swims.
What this also means is a heavy dose of some hunger bombs. I can usually get through a 3 hour ride on the weekend and mow down a good sized dinner. Then continue like normal for a few days. But every so often, it hits. That feeling of constantly being calorie deficient and all I can do is eat!
I have found different intensities of hunger bombs.
Code Red Hunger Bomb
This is the most intense feeling of hunger. It is experienced by some shaking limbs and intense hunger feelings. Food must immediately be consumed…lots of food.
Code Orange Hunger Bomb
This is much less intense than code red and comes with no limb shakes. It is just a constant hunger feeling. Snacking is not the cure! It is a start. Snack immediately and make plans for more sustainable food.
Code Green Hunger Bomb
This is more mental than anything. It is the feeling of, I just burned x,xxx calories and need to eat! You have your pick of dish, go wild.
Feeding the beast as much as you like is great in this part of the season. You need some mass to build better muscles, and the extra weight makes training a bit harder. But once a race gets close it’s cutting time and nutrition should be more closely monitored to avoid the hunger bombs.