Well, it turns out I did okay in spite of my surgery. I finished 18 seconds over last year's time and about 48 seconds over my best time. I am pleased that I didn't lose as much fitness as I had feared during all of those weeks sitting on the couch doing nothing.
Also this was my first race on a low carb diet.
Last night before bed I had a Vanilla UCan shake. I made it with almond milk and a few frozen strawberries in the vitamix. It tasted like I threw three sticks of chalk in a blender with a strawberry. But I got it down, and it did not throw me out of ketosis.
My heat wasn't until a little after 11 a.m. this morning. I was not the least bit hungry when I woke up. But I made myself eat since I knew I would likely be hungry by noon. So what did I have? Bacon, eggs, and coffee. That was my pre-race meal, about 3 hours before the swim. And a Salt Stick Cap.
I had a bottle of water on deck at the pool to make sure I stayed hydrated.
Post swim I was not hungry. That was a first. We went out to a chinese restaurant and I had some tofu and vegetables, no rice, and I scraped off as much sauce as I possibly could.
Other than the UCan (U can drink chalk, apparently), everything was a success. My 50 yard splits in the pool were consistent. In fact I would say that my GI system and energy levels were much better than previous 1650s when I was running on Gus and Gatorade.