Sunday, December 16, 2007

Perky Person's Problem


Fans of TriGuyJt react to shocking news that the blogger-triathlete-sportscaster guy is thinking of curbing his coffee intake.


A little history. Often, I would use a product called "Ripped Force", which I believe had things like massive amounts of caffeine, Ma Huang , ginseng , and God knows, antifreeze, plus small particles of plutonium. The stuff had a kick. I would use half a bottle in the am before I went to the gym, or went on a long run, or bike or swim. To say the stuff helped my workouts is to say that the Grand Canyon is a little ditch. Wow. I recall my bride used, perhaps a 5th of a bottle for her workouts, and she actually had to come off it. One doctor visit she was told she had high blood pressure. That was about 6-7 years ago.


Somehow, I quit using the stuff. Hypnotism might have played a part....but .....I.......just can't recall...... I would drink usual Diet Coke and average run of the mill coffee. Nothing earth-shattering.


But the past couple years or so, I have discovered a strong brand. Its the brand that my tri-buddy-philosopher-folk music star Charlie is not a big fan of. I won't name the brand, but you can guess since the brand is beginning to TAKE OVER THE WORLD. Its got a great kick and I do like the tastes of many of the flavors. But I am not sure the coffee is helping me realize success in training and (This is important), keeping the scale in my bathroom from reading a higher and higher number each time I step on it. Its crazy. Get up. Go to the "crackhouse" as my bride jokingly calls it. Have the stuff...go to gym...have great workout..then go about my business and as the day goes on...EAT EVERYTHING THAT IS NOT NAILED DOWN". Its amazing.


My bride likes to go to the gym early..6:45 or so. I work nights...its not a fun turnaround for me, I would rather, not get up early, but go to get coffee about 8:00, then to the gym. Not cool. I would be missing lifting with my bride. She's a personal trainer. I was missing those workouts with her so I could go and get my FIX. And let me tell you, those workouts were killers!!!!
Great functional stuff ...


So, I am making an effort in getting the workout in, with extensive am nutrition and being more consistent with my habits throughout the day.


I am not a Red Bull guy. Once in a while tea, perhaps. So this plan to drop the dependence on caffeine is ambitious. I know I can order decaf, but I remember one of our reporters at FOX8 did a piece about some places decafs having some caffeine in them. ESPECIALLY where I usually go. That place that will DOMINATE THE PLANET. I recall Jodi wrote a month or so past, that she stopped craving coffee. She got up one day and POOF, it was gone. More power to her. She's a better woman--err.. person than me.
What about Green Tea???

9 comments:

Charlie said...

I found that cutting my coffee intake to 12 oz during training improved my life in many ways. That translates into 8 oz at Crackbucks.

I always bring my own cup for obvious environmental reasons as well as to control the quantity. Using words like small, medium, and large has lost all meaning in our supersized world.

Caffeine reduction is a tough challenge.
Good luck. Especially with a possibility of NFL playoffs and BCS Championship coming.

triguyjt said...

going the decaf route. we'll see.. thanks charlie.
heading out for a nice long snow-scape run....whooohoo

TrainingtoTri said...

mmmmm cooofffeeee. Too funny, love the pic of Cameron Diaz. Whatever is she doing?

triguyjt said...

I will dream tonight of coffee....ahhhhh beans...ahhhh the aroma.. right now, however, I have a massive headache.
cameron diaz, I think is having indigestion... I could be wrong.

Tri to Be Funny said...

Green tea (as lovely and healthy as it is) is no substitute for crack, oops..I mean coffee...

triguyjt said...

8:45pm monday.. day one of no caffeine.. still alive...
miss my coffee. watching cavs...losing function of brain...number 23?? whats his name??? I'm fading.......h-e-l-p.

Charlie said...

His name is king.
If you see him, remind him that his team is now the only one in town thats not in first place.
Give the guy a cup of coffee.
That's not on the WADA or Mitchell list is it....Quick, were in OT.

Charlie said...

Whew. Back to third place. Rise up!

triguyjt said...

cavs won.. coffee still scarce. gotta go on air and sound semi-intelligent... god help me.