Sunday, September 14, 2014
Well I have completed my first week of training ......
*****What have I achieved?*****
I have run - 13.78 miles
I have swum - 112 lengths (including today)
I have cycled - 11.39 miles (including today) and done a 30 minute session in the gym
I have undertaken 477 minutes of strength training (including today)
*****What have I learnt?*****
I have learnt that I need to look at my swimming technique, there should be more 'kick' in my front crawl which will speed me up markedly - but I currently don't have the stamina to do more than 1 length at a time at this improved rate.
While cycling is my weakest discipline I know it is working me out the hardest - I literally come home with drips of sweat falling off me.
*****What do I have planned for next week?*****
Run my first 10k next Sunday
Work on the kick by alternating lengths with the stronger kick on my shorter workouts
Add about 1 mile to my cycle route, and continue to push as hard as I can to cycle as fast as I can.
I will continue to monitor the amount of strength I am doing, and consider reducing it if the time commitment becomes too much
Make it to Pilates
And onto my measurements.
At the start of BLC25 we undertook a fitness test comprising of the time to do a mile, your pulse after 3 minute of step, the number of crunches in a minute, and the number of pushups in a minute.
I have repeated the same test week 6 of BLC25, week 12 of BLC25, week 4 of the break and this weekend week 8 of the break. I intend to continue repeating this every 4 weeks, so the results?
Not a steady improvement everytime, but a distinct improvement from the start in most areas
Actual measurements? Well I didn't do them week 1 or week 6 - but the rest .......
Well I am definitely getting smaller, and I think more defined.
And finally at the start of BLC25 I weighed 143lb, on the 20th July, 12 weeks later I weighed 137.6lb, and today 8weeks after that I weigh 133.8lb.
So that was 5.6lb in the first 12 weeks, and 3.8lb in the past 8 - only 0.8lb to my goal and I have 4weeks until my self-imposed time limit - just in time for the next update to the numbers.
Nuff said - movin' on
Sunday, September 07, 2014
I actually started my training earlier this week, but as the event I intend on competing (I use the word to mean finish in a non-embarrassing time) is in exact 40-weeks I decided to start sharing my journey now.
I haven’t quite finished losing weight, but with 1lb to go as of this morning and just over 5 weeks until my self-imposed deadline, I really can’t get too excited about that.
the first thing I thought of when I realized I had 40 weeks to go was – that’s how long it takes to grow a baby, so with growing as a theme - I want to grow myself into an Athlete.
Here I am at Day 1 of 280:
I took my measurements, but I as share those regularly anyway and next week is official measurement day, so I won’t bore you with them now.
I am going to share my first 4-week plan, this is an experiment, as I am slightly concerned that I might be pushing myself too hard.
The swim-cycle-run relates to distances, the upper-core-lower relates to the pre-saved strength workout I have developed. (Green is completed workouts with actual distances where appropriate)
My weakest discipline at the moment is cycling; I have been running on and off for 3 years, and consistently for the past 4-months; while I hadn’t been swimming in over a year until 3 weeks ago I can now swim 800m in under 30-minutes (as of this am); cycling wise I am struggling – the bike I am using isn’t great, but will have to do until early next year – I am struggling to understand gears – it takes me 30-minutes to cycle less than 4-miles round my neighborhood – on the plus side I can now do the whole loop without having to get off the bike and push it up the hills.
I have identified a couple of milestones I would like to achieve on my journey
21st September 2014 – Walsall 10k Run
15th March 2015 – Longleat Half Marathon
Sometime in March / April I would like to find a Sprint Tri to complete
14th June 2015 – Windsor 25th Anniversary Triathlon
Lastly I would like to ask something of you my friends – please keep me accountable, please help keep me on track, ask me how it is going (but be prepared to be bored ), if you know about tri’s and have some advice please share it – I might ignore it but as much info as possible will be appreciated.
Well I think that gives you an idea of where I am at now, so Nuff said – movin’ on
Friday, August 29, 2014
This is a blog I never expected to write, because I never expected to look in the mirror and see a ... Runner.
I know, I can hear a groan from a number of you, I have felt it myself - the what is it with running, I don't like running, it is dull, I can't see the point etc
I have never liked running, but it is great cardio, so at the back end of 2011 I got to the stage where I could run 5k, in a time of 34:17, then I stopped running - I probably injured myself - I started running again mid-2012, and ran 5ks all through the summer - then I stopped again. At the back end of 2013 my eldest daughter decided she wanted to run a marathon, and I would be her training buddy, I said okay but only to 1/2 marathon distance, and then she was on her own. So we started on Couch to 5k, which we completed. Then on to working towards 10k and although she slacked off I kept adding distance until I injured myself in March this year.
(Anyone see a bit of a trend here - I run then injure myself and rinse and repeat ).
The shock of how much my fitness dropped in the first 6-weeks of BLC25 got me off the couch and pounding the streets again, and back to running 5ks by July. Part of my birthday present was new trainers, and I have had a few Personal Bests in the past 2 months, but the shock at what had changed in me started 3 weeks ago.
I run an official 5k via an organisation called Parkrun www.parkrun.org.uk/ , most Saturdays when I am running (22 runs in 3 years) . This is the UK site, but I know they support 5k runs in lots of countries.
Anyhoo - part of the agreement is that you volunteer at least 3 x per year to marshal at the events, as this helps keep them going and keeping them free, so I decided to volunteer on 16th August ............ only to find out my event was cancelled due to Eid celebrations.
So I decided to look for another local parkrun to run ................ WHAT ........ no lie in ........... no vegging on the couch ............ nope I actively went out and searched out another run ........... not only that, I got up extra early to get to the alternate location, and I went and I ran........
I managed 5k in under 30minutes for the first time (my goal since I started running 5ks), but the buzz I got had me looking for a Parkrun 5k to run while I was on holiday ............. there is only one in Cornwall, and it is an hour's drive from where we were camping ........... so I made sure I had all the details with me, and I found my eyes drifting to the bottom of the start page, which currently declares there are 284 parkrun events in the UK ............ hmmmmmmm
Last Saturday I ran the Lanhydrock parkrun - Absolutely beautiful venue - the grounds of a National Trust Property www.nationaltrust.org.uk/lanhydrock/ . Well worth a visit.
As for the run ........ we ran down past the house, then up through the woods, then down, down and more down through more woods, and down to the river, then it was up past a building, along, and up the main drive (I had to walk a little here), across a field (with the friendliest cows in Britain, I am really glad they didn't come close enough for me to find out for sure), then more up, and up (and more walking), finally we crested the hill ran down past the start and finished just in front of the house.
That was the most challenging 5k I have ever run (okay run and walked), and I felt incredible, and turned to my daughter and said 'lets do them all, all 284 and all the new ones that will be added too' .............. yep I plan to do every park run in the country - which is going to take years ............... and I also realised that some time over the past 3 weeks I stopped being a person who runs only for the calorie burn and I became a runner
.......... and part of me said yep but only 5, maybe 10ks - it isn't like I would ever do a marathon .......... then the girl in the mirror looks back at me and winks 'and it's not like you would ever be a runner eh'.
Monday, August 18, 2014
BLC25 finished about 4 weeks ago, and in the intervening time life has continued. I decided that I would retake the fitness test we did during BLC midway through the break (this week just gone) and at the end of the break (14th September).
So how did I do?
From this you can see my fitness has remained pretty static.
My mile was slightly slower, but as I cross 2 roads and the weather was really blowy, plus I have seen other improvements in my running, 7 seconds seem irrelevant.
I did 4 less crunches, my core workout doesn’t include crunches at the moment, so that seems okay to me.
Push-ups (and they are full push-ups) are exactly the same.
My pulse rate was up a smidge after 3 minutes on the step, but I may have push harder this time, as I know my endurance (from running) has improved.
So what was the point?
Well it gives me the opportunity to check that I am still working hard enough to maintain my fitness and watch for any negative trends.
Other numbers from the past 4 weeks are:
Weight – down 2.4lb
Resting heart rate down to 48 pbm
Measurements all down a smidge except chest (under bust) up 0.5”, over all I am down 1.5”
5k time has dropped from 30:35 on 26th July to 29:34 16th August meeting one of my long term goals.
I am still on target to hit my goal weight of 133lb by 13th October (stretch target 16th September and start of BLC26).
I have started my training regime for a triathlon in 2015
I am focusing on toning my body.
I still need to:
• Find out my Body Fat %
• Join the Triathlon Club
• Sign up for the triathlon (probably end of March next year for financial reasons)
• Sort out my bike (it needs new brakes, a bell and lights – yes, I am a hazard on the roads)
Well I go on holiday on Friday and won’t be back until 1st September, so here’s to a health and active vacation ( I am really hoping not to undo any of my hardwork, but no promises)
Nuff said, movin’ on
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