Embarassing Diet and Training Story
This is a tribute to the importance of proper eating and competitions.
How many people out there have eaten like crap the day before, or even the day, that they had to perform in a sporting event?
I made that mistake a few times in high school. One day before basketball practice my sophomore year, we went down to McDonalds…..
And they had this sandwich called “The Big And Cheesy.” I don’t recall exactly what it was, something like 4 hamburger patties and 4 slices of cheese. There may have been bacon involved, but I can’t recall. It was nasty….so being a foolish high school kid, I ordered it and went to practice.
I thought I was going to die. I remember turning pale, moving slow, and feeling awful. Needless to say I played like crap.
Fast forward about a dozen years and I was at a restaurant called Tully’s Good Times with my wife. My mother graciously came over to watch the baby so we could get a dinner out together.
I ordered their buffalo chicken sandwich (which is huge) and french fries. I know, I know, I should know better by now. Oh, and we shared an ice cream dessert that was also huge, like the size of a brick and just as heavy.
I felt dehydrated and full. When we got home it was around 9 pm and I went right to bed.
The next morning at noon was the ribbon cutting and planned an intense workout with crazy Jeff, John, Shane (from the one hand tire flip), big Nick, and myself.
At the end of deadlifting, Bulgarian Split Squats, and KB swings, we worked in the “Sandbag Challenge.” All the members of the Bull Strength Conditioning member videos have seen (or will be see) the full challenge video, but it is ROUGH!
My best time was partnered with Rob “Diesel” (the one that ate all the sandwiches on our trip to the Arnold Classic) and it was around 4 1/2 minutes. Since I have been using Bull Strength Conditioning, we have turned in some awesome conditioning times….but diet can really mess that all up!
Now it was about 4 weeks after we set that challenge record and nothing has changed in my training EXCEPT for this terrible meal the night before.
John and I finished it in about 9 minutes and I thought my body had gone into shock. I was laying on the floor barely audible and squirming in agony. I felt my insides were dying!
After about 3 minutes of this I made it over to the garbage can where I threw up most of the water I had been drinking. Now, I have a huge OPPONENT of training until you throw up, it is hugely catabolic. I just needed to share that embarrassing fact to help emphasis my point.
I should have been able to handle it, since I had many times before, but it didn’t work out this time.
As I look up from the garbage can, in walks the Deputy Town Supervisor to join us for the ribbon cutting that day. I was not a pretty site but tried to talk it off, introduce myself, and clean up.
So, long story short, if you eat like crap you will perform like crap.
Do You Have Any DIET STORIES?
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- Joe Hashey, CSCS -
PS. I know this article is “no secret” but that’s hopefully it opens people’s eyes to how much diet actually does effect training.
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