Racing Season Complete, Onto A New Challenge
Monday, November 29, 2010
It's been a while, and I haven't been very sparky lately - just popping in once a week to check in on my Sapphire sisters. But I'm back! I've done 11 races this year, and in the last 3 months I've done 2 triathlons, 1 half marathon, 1 5k, 1 mud run, and 1 5 miler. It's been an awesome ride, and I'm super proud of setting a personal best (2:08:08) of over 8 minutes in my half marathon 2 weeks ago, and being able to finish the 4+ hours of olympic triathlon last month.
Now, it's time for a new challenge. Operation: lose the racing weight.
You see, it's very hard if not impossible for me to lose weight while training. Even if it's not really noticeable in daily life and regular workouts, when you're pushing yourself to the max - any calorie deficit is really noticeable. I made the decision to stop trying to lose weight as soon as I got hot and heavy in tri training and decided to pick it up again after my races for the year are done. I'm there now, and it's time.
1. Back to calorie tracking and staying within my spark range.
2. Back to daily weighing for the time being. Might go to weekly later, but daily for a while.
3. Toning down my workouts to include no more than 2.5 hours of cardio per week (not including yoga) and adding in at least 2 hours of weights.
4. Getting in my water (been bad about that lately).
5. No sweets and alcohol on the same day.
My goal is to lose 12 lbs by my birthday. I've got 12 weeks until then, so that's 1 lb per week. That won't get me quite as far as I'd like to go but will be well on my way. The holidays aren't usually that hard for me as long as I track, so I'm feeling pretty confident! I just have to think of it this way - within the last 3 months, I completed 2 tris and 1 half marathon, along with all the training. This is easy! I just have to take this as seriously as I did that training.
I'll take my first official weight Wednesday morning (this morning was ugly!!!), just in time to start the Sapphire Winter Challenge. Wish me luck!