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See the forest for the trees

Monday, February 25, 2013

I'm going to permit myself a moment to be self-satisfied. Pleased that I hit 1000 fitness this month, that's a 2 month streak. Trending positively, which is good considering that I'm coming off a negative 2 month streak where I struggled to get minutes in at all, not to mention quality minutes.

Yesterday, DW cooked up some stuffed red peppers. They were beautiful, immaculate, really. Big, rich, filled with a mix of chopped red peppers, sauteed ground beef and onions, and brown jasmine rice. Much like how I feel when I track cycling fitness minutes (guilty because it's so enjoyable it almost feels like cheating), this was a joy of a meal and had an excellent nutritional profile. Good, clean fuel to build.

I boned up on my reading, started supplementing w/ assorted protein powder because even eating clean fuel, my lifting load has been much heavier recently, and breaking down muscle needs to be built back up with recovery and building blocks to repair.

My best friend hooked me up and sent his copies of P90X & Insanity. Tools. Excellent. It's funny because he's known me since we were in 6th grade, so he's seen me at my absolute worst (we roomed together in college for a year, so you can imagine, I'm sure). The pizza, beer, and no fitness era.

The plan is to assess if there is enough time to start and finish one of the programs prior to the 140 mile ride in May. The last thing I want to do is overtrain, burn out, and not be able to do the ride I'm training for in the first place. That would be lame beyond belief. I may hold them in reserve until we finish the fitness program we have on the weekends (probably another 3 weeks).

Weight has been shifting all over, but not outside the parameters I'm comfortable with. The increased strength training load has been wrecking havoc and the bod is trying hard to adjust to an element of training I've neglected for an extended period of time. I'm not worrying excessively about it because I'm seeing quick gains in strength and body composition, so there's a lot of variability with the increased fluid intake and protein loading.

It's important that I avoid a situation where I not see the forest from the trees because I'm so focused on cutting weight when I'm obtaining the increased strength I'll need to generate steady high power for an extended period of time.

Requested some additional books from the library so that I have additional resources to change up and tweak the Spartacus Workout I've been depending on for the last several weeks.

This is good, we'll endeavor to get more of this.

Focus on your goals, how long it takes is irrelevant. Be prepared for the long haul. If it takes years, it takes years. Do what needs to be done.
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    That is awesome things are going so well. And a 140 mile event sounds like a good challenge in May. I am gearing up for a 62 miler in June. Not quite your level...Yet!
    1669 days ago
    Great post
    1669 days ago
    I love your blogs! The fact that your family eats clean is awesome!
    1670 days ago
    I hear you on the protein intake. Strength training has been like my number one goal this year. Lunges squats planks pushups ... has become daily, lol. "A strong core is key to being a power house!" Is a frequent saying on my videos. Anyway let me share this : http://thegymbox.com/

    I absolutely love my membership, I've had it for a year. It's the BEST thing I've ever paid for! Haha. I never get bored with it.

    Good luck! You're doing awesome so far! emoticon
    1670 days ago
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    Just stay focused and you'll have no problem. Hang tough!!
    1671 days ago
    You have the vision, right tools in hand nd motivation! You can do it!
    1671 days ago
    I saw this blog post through a friend's feed. Excellent attitude! And it's great to see the amount of research you're putting into strengthening both your results and protecting your body from unintentional harm.

    I'm really excited that your friend sent the P90X and Insanity workouts. They're amazing! Though I am concerned that you are already running a program for your training. I would definitely tread lightly. P90X is a lower impact program in comparison to Insanity. If and when you decide to use these programs, I would start with P90X's 90 day program and work your way up into Insanity's 60 day program. As awesome as the results are with Insanity, you might tear through your muscle too fast for them to recover properly with so much fitness already tacked on. If it turns out that you're so physically fit that both programs are easy, I would try Insanity: The Asylum. It's the final step up from both programs. It's 30 days and is excellent at honing an athlete's already developed skills, especially the agility workouts. Absolutely mind blowing for endurance building.

    I wish you all of the best with your research and preparations. Fighting!

    P.S. Stuffed bell peppers rock!
    1671 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/26/2013 3:27:49 AM
    Love the attitude! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1672 days ago
    NICE!!! I want your motivation! Gimme Gimme Gimme
    1672 days ago
    emoticon emoticon ... so you are ready for your 140miles in May.
    Yum. love stuffed peppers. Will have to find a recipe and make for my family.
    1672 days ago
    Great attitude brother and sounds like a solid plan for success, both for your upcoming race as well as life in general!

    I've found the idea of steady improvement over a lifetime is the right approach to take....all our deadlines & timelines are self-imposed....and mostly artificial.

    A ST book I really enjoyed and still refer to a lot is called "Starting Strength" by Mark Rippetoe....a good read and it focuses on doing 5 basic lifts right for strength; squats, deadlifts, bench presses, overhead presses, and cleans

    good luck & stay strong!
    1672 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/25/2013 9:22:26 PM

    1672 days ago
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