Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Two Year Check-up

I had my official two-year check-up with Dr. Awesome today. We went over my labs. He agreed they were great except for protein. He said I need to consume more and that even though I don't workout for 20 hours like many of my  long-course peers, that 10 hours is still a lot of time to workout and also that my 10 hours is probably on the intense side. I guess he has a point. It's true that anemia is an issue for female endurance athletes so I guess I better stop fighting this thing and just eat more damn protein!

He was okay with me adding in an iron supplement, but not convinced I really needed it. He also wants me to cut back to 50,000 IUs every other week instead of every other week so my Vitamin D doesn't go any higher.

This is a controversial issue in some circles. There are some people who are convinced that we altered-folk need our Vitamin D in the 80-100 range based on some studies. I have read those studies and I am not 100% convinced, but I am also not convinced that anything horrible will happen to me if my Vitamin D stays at 100. I also know from past experience that taking my Vitamin D every other week is not going to work as well in the winter. So I will probably wait until next spring to do that.

Finally, he pointed out that my weight has been within a narrow range for the past 1.5 years so he feels like he doesn't have to worry about me starting to regain at this point ... as long as I stay committed to my racing lifestyle, anyway. I told him I was going to do two Ironmans next year and he laughed.

These are my obligatory "Look I can fit into one leg of my old pants" photos, by the way. I think I might do a side-by-side of old and new pants too as I think that actually shows the difference better than these shots. But since they are obligatory, I had to take them ... or be drummed out of the Bariatric Bloggers corp or something.

Next official check-up: in six months.
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