This past Saturday I headed out to Tampa with Chris and a couple of friends for a day at Busch Gardens, home of the brand new 200 ft. vertical drop rollercoaster, the Sheikra. If anyone is coming to Florida for vacation this year, I heartily recommend ditching the overcrowded Disney and Universal Studios parks in Orlando for a day and heading over to Tampa about two hours to the west for a much better time at Busch Gardens. They have several very good deals on tickets right now, including a two-day park pass for the price of one regular admission ($55.95). You can use the second day anytime in 2005; you don’t have to go on two consecutive days. There’s also a $61.95 Fun Card pass that lets you visit an unlimited number of times through Dec. 31, 2005, but that may be a better deal for locals than out-of-state tourists.
We got there during peak hours just after noon, and we still had a tough time finding a ride that we couldn’t get on within 15 minutes. Compare that to the 45-60 minute wait times at Universal’s Islands of Adventure, and you’ll quickly understand why I prefer BG.
The atmosphere at the park is different, too. It’s as if the focus is on things to DO versus things to BUY. The Orlando attractions are the exact opposite, especially the merchandise-laden Disney properties. When I visit the local Orlando theme parks, I invariably have a headache within three hours because of all the tedious waiting in dark lines surrounded by thousands of noisy people. In contrast, I left Busch Gardens after 7 hours of riding one neck-snapping rollercoaster after another feeling perfectly fine despite the hot weather. I am a thrill-ride junkie, not a waiting-line addict. :biggrin:
Speaking of headaches, though, I have one now after chugging down a scoop of All the Whey Chocolate Mint whey blend with water. I don’t think I’ll be getting any more of this flavor. The more I have of it, the more it reminds me of thickened mint Mylanta antacid because the chocolate flavor is completely obscured by the heavy artificial mint flavoring. BLEAH!!!!!! I’m sticking with the ATW chocolate, vanilla, and orange flavors. All three of those are tasty without being too cloying.
On the nutrition and fitness front, I am going to go into a hybrid of SGX and BFL nutrition over the next two to three weeks to transition to full BFL again. My first three meals of the day will be in the 40/40/20 to 50/30/20 macronutrient range, while my last three meals will follow SGX principles. I’m also switching up my workouts a bit again, substituting P90X or BFL style resistance training for the SGX workouts periodically on M/W/F mornings. Cardio will be the same for the time being, with afternoon or evening LISS on M/W/F and a combination of fasted morning HIIT and LISS on T/Th/Sa. Mornings really are my preferred workout times, and even though it isn’t optimal to lift in a fasted state, I just need the motivational mental checkmark of knowing that my core program is done each day by the time I go to work. The M/W/F LISS cardio is a lot easier for me to handle after work if necessary since I can choose between bike, treadmill, elliptical, outdoor run in the cooler temperature of the evening, or one of the P90X cardio workouts.
Nutrition: SGX Training Day Menu
(Details omitted by request of trainer)
Daily Supplements: multivitamin with iron, calcium 500 + D, 1 T. flaxseed oil or natural peanut butter, 1 t. GNC Creastack
Water: 16 cups minimum
12:00 PM Steady-State Run (6-7 mph / 0% incline / 20 minutes)
12:20 PM LISS Walk (3.5-4 mph / 10-15% incline / 25 minutes)
8:00 PM BFL UBWO
The Awful Truth:
1. Didn’t drink enough water this weekend. Must work on this more when I’m away from the office or my own home.
1. Tested Move edition of Mandriva Linux.
2. Cooked a ton of napa cabbage.
3. Ate a ton of napa cabbage. 😛
4. Installed and tested some scripts locally on my own Apache server. :prop:
1. Do one chapter of character modeling book.
2. Read two chapters of NASM book.
3. Pick up ice cream birthday cake for Chris.
4. Go grocery shopping for peanut butter, raisins, spinach, lettuce, turkey burgers, eggs, celery, and beef.