Posted by: Joe | July 9, 2007

In which I become perpetually hungry…

I hit the driving range early this morning for a little last minute tune-up before meeting my friends Mark & Jenn for a round at the Ladies’ Golf Club. Just as I was finishing up my practice session a thunderstorm rolled over which had me worried about whether or not we’d be able to play this afternoon. Luckily the rain blew over the city just in time for us to tee off. Other than a few sprinkles here and there it was a pleasant, if slightly muggy afternoon.

The course is a just over 6000yds from the back, playing to a par of 70 for men. This is the 7th Stanley Thompson course I’ve had the opportunity to play, and it’s a typical example of his design. Thompson was a master of blending greens and bunkering into the existing terrain and using dramatic elevation changes to great effect (particularly on the par 3s). Many of the holes demand a particular shot shape in order to score well, and I found in general it set up very well for a lefty. The extra practice over the past couple days payed off–I managed to card 3 birdies amongst my usual scattering of pars and bogies for a 76. I’d love the opportunity to play it again–there are several holes I’d approach slightly differently now that I’ve gone through the layout once.

The only thing I disliked about the course was the routing of the back nine–I’m not a fan of ending a round with a par 3. The 16th, 17th and 18th should really be re-routed as 10, 11 and 12, leaving the long and difficult par 4 14 and 15th holes to close the round. I find it hard to believe that the existing course is Thompson’s original routing–I’d be willing to bet it’s been changed.


After I got home I still had some energy left, so I went for a nice relaxed run. The knee was capable of a somewhat more brisk pace than the last time I ran on Tuesday, so it appears that it’s still improving. Sprints are still out of the question, though. I’m going to largely stick to the elliptical machine for cardio purposes for another week before testing it again. I still think I’m going to need to see a knee specialist at some point, but as long as it keeps improving I’ll stick with my current rehab routine.


Today was the first day of Project Cut. I’ve kept close track of calories in/out today to give me an idea of what I need to do in order to hit my weight target. I’m planning on posting this here daily for the first while, mostly for my own information, but if you’re interested, check it out after the jump.

Most of these numbers are estimates based on information I’ve grabbed from various nutrition/fitness sites. I’m trying to round down the numbers for calories expended and round up the intake calories.

Calorie Intake:


  • 1/4 cup wheat/flax cereal w/ raisins & 1 tsp brown sugar – 240 cal


  • Boost protein supplement shake – 240 cal
  • lettuce/tomato/havarti sandwich – 310 cal


  • 4oz beef tenderloin – 330 cal
  • misc grilled veggies – 65 cal
  • small baked potato – 150 cal
  • 1 tbsp sour cream – 30 cal
  • small caesar salad – 200 cal
  • small potato salad – 300 cal
  • 1 bar shot rum – 100 cal


  • 1965 calories

Calories Expended:

  • Basal Metabolic Rate – 1700 cal
  • 90min driving range – 300 cal
  • 5 hours golfing, walking & carrying clubs – 2000 cal
  • Running, 5.7km in 26:30 – 450 cal


  • 4450 calories

Daily Net Calories: (minus 2485)

This was basically a “feeling out” day; it’s a little more extreme than I’ll target going forward. Based on this, I’m going to aim for approximately 3000 calories in and 4000 expended daily. I’ll double the amount of cereal for breakfast, and add some fruit during the day. I’ve added a multivitamin complex and I may start adding creatine supplements as well, which have been shown to increase performance in highly anaerobic activities.

I tracked the amount of water I drank during the day, and it came to approximately 4 liters. I’m not convinced it was enough :)


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