Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Quick touch base on my goals and progress lately:
-Ever since I hit my low weight of 150 three years ago I've steadily gained. It's not all been bad, I have much more muscles than I did back then, but I definitely have gained a little not-muscle weight as well. I started the year at 178, and have been hovering around that (178-180) all year. Well, finally, something clicked and I got down to 175.8 this challenge (I may not be there right NOW as I just got back from vacation yesterday, but will be there soon). If I can keep this trend going, albeit at a snails pace, I'll be very happy to end a year weighing less than I did going in (since 2009).
-I've been able to do this without really tracking or being obnoxious about watching my food, but just listening to what my body wants and finding the healthiest thing I can to satisfy it.
-Also, 12-13 hours of training some weeks can't be hurting, but I really don't have a problem eating my calories back. I ordered some healthy japanese takeout to which the lady commented "that should last you for a day and a half" - heh, try lunch.
-My three big race goals this year were to tackle three new distances -
1. A metric century bike ride (62 miles), which I did in March and April
2. A half ironman triathlon (1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, 13.1 mile run), which I have in less than six weeks (eek).
3. A marathon (26.2 mile run), which I am signed up for in 12 weeks (double eek).
So far, so good! The last one is going to be the toughest for me, even though the half ironman will technically take longer and has been more training, it being three different sports helps me break it up, rather than just hours and hours of RUNNNING.
The last six weeks of the year I'm taking off. No structured training. Just back down to my base 2.5 hours per week of cardio and 2.5 hours of weights. Also, that will start me really watching what goes in my mouth and getting back to reasonable portions because I could really do some damage during the holiday season with limited workouts and most of this year I've been able to eat whatever I want.
This fall it will be all about putting mass quantities of good food to fuel the rest of my race season, and then getting some rest and relaxation.