Well, based on my Spartan race recap you can see that it really did not have much of an impact. At that point extra training was not going to shave any time off my race. Given I was able to run and finish it did not impact my ability to run it either. That said, having a bit more rest would have been nice. I did not plan to run the race right after my show I just happened to not connect the two on the calendar before hand.
As far as diet goes, well, Vegas is the disaster of all that is fitness, at least when it comes to going for a trade show. The Vegas Affect is basically everything that you could do to send your nutrition and fitness into a spiral.
- Standing all day in a booth: Well now this is actually good because you burn more cal. standing than you do sitting. That said, standing really wears on you and can fatigue you fast. Not a big deal if you are resting well which leads to.....
- Lack of sleep. So you work all day, wear your body out, and then you are off to night time activities which lead to staying up VERY late. This leads to getting very little sleep as you butt needs to be up and in the booth the next day. So sleep is one of the key things you need to get to not gain weight. Vegas is built around lack of sleep. Point Vegas Affect
- Tight schedules don't allow for tight bodies. So up early to work, break in day for lunch, back to work, break to catch up on work, off to dinner and entertaining. Wait.....where did working out fit in, oh yeah it didn't because not break is ever sufficiently long enough to get workout clothes on, go to the gym, shower up, and head of to the next evolution. Also, see point one and two on fatigue and lack of sleep, as the rule goes you don't work out under those conditions. Point Vegas Affect.
- All the good food. That is loaded with fat and cal. I did what I could do to limit the number of calories I was taking in (i.e. breakfast of almonds and diet Pepsi and lunch of same) for most days but when you do actually eat and do so in a group it is not easy to get the healthy fare. Point Vegas Affect.
- Eat, DRINK, and be merry. Well we covered the first and the last of that statement. No for the middle, yes when you entertain you will end up drinking. Now I understand of all the choices that this is the one that you can be most in control of. I also understand that for some this is a MUST to be in control. That said I am not one of those and for better or worse the nights are when you do the most team bonding/building. Also, I almost never drink anymore so those drinks are a calorie hammer AND they add to points one, two, and three above. Point Vegas Affect.
- Lastly, the stacking affect. One day of this is no good for the body. Well, it is my belief that the sum of the Vegas affect is not simply the addition of the individual days there. It is my belief that the sum of Vegas is greater than those individual days and is something I call the stacking affect. Point Vegas Affect.
Total damage; I left at 199 and came home (as of today first chance back on a scale) at 204. The Vegas Affect nailed me for 5 lbs. Just like a Spartan Race, one foot in front of the other on my way back to 170.