Trading my Ford Focus for a Tesla

Hopefully you didn’t think I actually bought a Tesla. First year Physical Therapy school. Lots of debt. Not happening.

What’s the main difference between the two? (for non Elon Musk fanboys) A Ford Focus burns fuel like a Corunna native making a bonfire, while a Tesla runs smoothly for hours on basic electricity. Side note: been to Corunna once. This is more just a blatant poke at the Jacobs brothers.

“Carbs are the mortal nectar and ambrosia”

-me, just now

Essentially, this is what I’m attempting to do with my body. Still confused? What I’m considering is shifting my diet from 70% carbs to 70% fat. You could call this keto, low carb high fat, or just plain insanity. No bread? No pasta?

Now, I’ve been a serious runner for eight years. Carbs are the mortal nectar and ambrosia. Disregarding this is akin to biting the hand that feeds you. Can you even run without carbohydrates in your diet?

SPOILER ALERT

I don’t actually know. But a quick google search tells me that Chris Froome and Zach Bitter do it, so why the hell not?

For those of you unfamiliar with those two individuals:

  • Chris Froome has won 4 Tour de France titles
  • Zach Bitter has run a world record 100 miles at 6:48 pace

Is my potential benefit on an upwards swing? Truthfully, I still have no clue. Finding elite athletes that follow this could be focusing on the exception and not the rule. Yet, who says I can’t also be the exception?

Now, you didn’t click on this page to get a physiology lesson. Or, maybe you did I guess. Unlikely, so I’ll make this explanation brief.

Say you have a candle. You can light the candle with a match and have it burn for hours, or you can buy Elon Musk’s flamethrower and torch that baby in a second. It’s the same as the idea of using fat as the dominant fuel source. Your fuel is the candle. However, most people use the flamethrower.

Really, I’m not gonna lie. Using the flamethrower is like that shot of espresso in the morning. For a brief moment, you could wrestle a bear Semi-Pro style.

A lone tear slides wistfully down my cheek with the realization that saying, “I wanna go fast!” will no longer apply to my livelihood. Did I actually base my training philosophy on Talladega Nights?

At this point some of you may be wondering why I am doing this. At the ripe age of 22 and collegiate athletics behind me, my days of Shake n’ Bake could be over.

In all honesty, I’m just curious. With fall marathons cancelled, I got a sudden itch to jump off the deep end. The deep end just happened to be an obsession with ultramarathon running.

Run for 10 hours through the desert north of Phoenix? Take singletrack from Flagstaff all the way to the Grand Canyon?

The average runner does not find this appealing at all. I’m head over heels for it. With self experimentation, the only victim is yourself. If this goes horribly, then I just go back to my diet of bagels and craft beer. Little downside, but with a chance at a jackpot. My lottery ticket has officially been purchased.

Dylan Sykes

P.S. I’m asking Noah for a guaranteed contract and the resources for a 5 blog deal to provide updates as the experiment goes on. $1 per year should suffice.

Also, my Ford Focus actually is great. 32 miles per gallon, drove it from Michigan all the way to California.

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