Long story and long love-affair made short:
When I was in the 5th Grade, I started drinking coffee. That habit, in the recent 10 years escalating to up to 10 shots of espresso per day, stuck with me until… well, until December 14,2013 precisely. I will remember that date forever. This was The Day when my Better Half announced that, perhaps-perhaps, ceasing all that caffeine consumption might contribute to us sleeping like theoretical babies. He meant some theoretical babies, because our own offspring, sort of, never slept! Awaken every 1.5 hour for months and months of her baby years… But I digress. So, in the hopes of getting some shut eye like the above-mentioned very theoretical babies, purposefully and with full premeditation, we stuck to the new plan: no coffee, point. This was it.
Ha! So, the first week, I really lacked it: the energy was not the same, my runs were somewhat slower, and in the weight room, I felt like curling up in the cable machine corner and go to sleep… Of course, My Better Half has not been affected at all. At least he has been claiming not being affected at all. Men have it always easier, right??? ;-)
After that initial week, I somehow got adjusted to my new, caffeine-free reality. The energy for my trainings and daily functioning came back to normal and I did not react in any uncontrolled manner to the smell of freshly brewed coffee from the Bakery, which is right by the Be Fit Fit Studio, from where I operate! After a long discussion of the situation and due consideration, we disconnected the two espresso machines we possess from electricity. It felt like unplugging some sort of life-support I.V.
BTW, we have two espresso machines, because when one breaks and is taken to the espresso machine doc in L.A., the other one is functional and this way, for years, we have been ensuring the steady flow of the best Java ever!
Now, as the racing months for us triathletes come around, I have this dilemma: shall I continue abstaining, or shall I go for it? The thing is: there is a certain recommended dose of caffeine, which really might enhance your athletic performance. If you take some 1.5 milligrams of the thing per pound of your body weight some 45 minutes before the race, your chances of finishing the effort on the podium and with a cool-looking medal which you anyway will surrender very soon to your kid suddenly increase exponentially! Some athletes also take caffeinated gels while training or racing, to get a nice, steady input of the God-sent substance.
So, am I making it unnecessarily hard for myself to win due to a planned deprivation of caffeine? Or, am I just racing and training in that “pure” state, as God created me??? In the state I had not been aware of until December 14, 2013? To drink or not to drink???
In any case, I think that by now, I’d rather prefer not running or biking by any Starbucks while doing my races… Because that smell of freshly-prepped quadruple espresso might really tempt me to stop by and enjoy a cup – right there, right then – and forgetting why I was there the first time around! Stay Fit-Fit and enjoy your daily cup of Java when you can! J