No Recovery Necessary? Hypothyroid Ultra-Cardio Training While Eating a Paleo, Primal, Wheat-Free Diet.
I don't consider myself on a 'diet'. I just put that in title.
I'm not 100% sugar-, corn- or potato-free, and those foods don't fall under Paleo or Primal. I also eat dairy: cheese, eggs, milk, butter.
I wanted to write a follow up to my previous posts about my long-term dietary changes and how they are affecting my ultra-cardio lifestyle. Sorry, but I love to skate! All day if possible! It makes me nice! We're not gunning it the whole time so it's all perfectly doable without too much physical depletion.
My most gob-smacking news since starting my quest for better health 7 months ago, is that this past month's back-to-back 54- and 40-mile skates at Tanglewood, and 61 mile Tour de Tammy, did not cause me any leg or muscle pain and swelling for three days afterwards. I didn't even have it for one hour afterwards. I certainly felt the usual muscle taxation and occasional leg cramps on those uphills during the skates, but what's different is the recovery: I don't seem to need it. Post long-distance leg pain and swelling had worsened for me over the past five years, to the point last year when I was starting to think my long-distance skating days would soon need to come to a close.
Weighing less might have something to do with this happy outcome. I have lost 17 lb since Jan 1st this year. 10 lb of that is my usual Winter sloth vs. Summer training weight difference. Perhaps the extra 7 lb weight loss this year has pushed me over some kind of power-to-weight ratio threshold, favorable for my height, weight and body type?
My intuition (brain-fog intelligence for hypothyroids) is slurring at me that it's something more - especially since I gave up drinking tea.
I have quit eating certain food items in stages this year (grains, legumes, all soy products) and the latest thing to go has been my lovely strong, scorching hot English tea with milk (perhaps I'm doing my gullet a favor, too?). Growing up in Great Britain, tea flowed through my veins, not blood. So it never occurred to me after drinking a couple of mugs of strong Tetley, that it might just be the tea (fluoride) doing that to me, and not gravity getting stronger or my body naturally wanting to crash each day at 4pm. I'm hardly bouncing off the walls here without it either, though, but just having energy levels up to normal throughout the day makes all the difference. Sure, it could be the weight loss, but I lost most of it before giving up tea (fluoride), and still felt the post-tea-crash.
If my fluoride-reduction plan is indeed helping my thyroid gland get back to normal functioning levels on its own, it makes sense that the dependent bodily functions would also improve: faster recovery, less depletion, better alimentation, etc.
My fuzzy hypothyroid thoughts (hunches) make me consider the effects of wheat on my system, and the mysterious not-lung-but-surrounding-membrane breathing problem I used to have before quitting grains, and its even more mysterious and sudden disappearance afterwards. Internet searches linking symptoms with tested food reactions and/or hypotheses suggest to me a possible hypothyroid-grain-kidney-edema link. If eating grains caused those swollen, drowning sensations, perhaps grains were also causing my leg swelling via a kidney onslaught? I don't know for sure of course. All I know is that for ME, it's working well and in the absence of weird leg pain, I feel great.
After the 94 miles at Tanglewood and 61 miles of Tammy, I only ate the chicken and greens, and drank a Sprite or two. No pasta, bread, brownies or cookies. My ultra-cardio world didn't fall apart, and I didn't really even feel hungrier than usual afterwards. Again, I found the skates plenty taxing and did my fair share of ditch-time on uphills, so it's not like I found the whole thing a breeze - just the recovery periods.
Unfortunately I can't blame lace bite on fluoride, and even with the collective experience of hockey players, figure skaters and the internet, there is apparently still no fast recovery cure for that, yet.
Edit: I'm wondering if my current improved recovery - or absence of leg pain and swelling - is what everybody else has always experienced, so I'm not getting any magical or revolutionary results here, just achieving normality. These previous troubles seemed to be symptomatic of things like Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia, which are very real and debilitating conditions yet to be taken seriously by the medical profession.