A few months back I submitted a short blog post to Ben Greenfield Fitness. For those that do not know, Ben Greenfield is a HUGE name in sports nutrition, triathlon and endurance sports..... Ok, ok, ok....a personal idol of mine. He also is on several weekly podcasts including Endurance Planet.
Anyway, I'm just sharing my woo hoo moment....
Link to my post...
Today, Spring is finally here in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. We had our first officially epic weekend where it actually was in the 60's and even 70 :)
What that means is not just the final end to an obscenely long winter but the beginning of outdoor training for my upcoming triathlon. I can finally run outside, start cycling, and maybe in a month or two, I can hit open water to put the finishing touches on my swimming. This is where it's getting real. I have a little over 3 months and I am going to be hitting it hard.
I have also had some really uncomfortable moments where I have laid awake second guessing myself. Doubts whether I will actually be able to do this and train effectively after such a late start. There is no room for mistakes and that makes me nervous because I know how I am. What if I can't produce? What if it isn't enough?
I have had to sit down, do some deep breathing, and take mental inventory of what my strengths are and assess where I am at. I feel my probability of success is fairly high but I have to do things right the first time... No reset button here, no do-overs.
The other thing that makes this difficult is that I do not have a plan to follow. My work schedule makes that impossible. Everything I do is like a picture on a frozen dinner that says "serving suggestion". I can never follow a literal training plan that says that on week 3 day 2, I should be doing this or that....not in my life. When it says I should be swimming today, well, let's see..... I don't have access to a pool for another few weeks, or I'm just getting done with 12 hr midnights and I can barely stand up, or my favorite...I would but the lakes are still frozen over.
The only thing I can really do is study a training plan and grasp the concept of periodized training and ramp up my efforts accordingly in a safe manner. The one thing I must really avoid is the temptation to log a ton of junk mileage then waste precious time recovering from my un-needed Herculean effort. For example, if I run 10 miles, I will push myself until I hit 13.1 so I will go away feeling good about doing a half marathon in training. If I ride 40 miles, I will push to 56 so I can do a half iron distance ride. My 2 mile swim a while ago? I wanted 2.4 so I could walk away with an iron distance swim under my belt but couldn't take the chlorine anymore.
I can't submit to the temptations anymore. I have to train smart, recover quickly, get back to training again. Logging tons of miles only delays my recovery, slows down my training, and if I get hurt....game over.
Anyway, that's what's on my mind.
Time to grow up Robert and start training like an athlete.
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Weight loss class update...
I have been asked a few times how my class was going or what was the latest.
I met with the manger at my local Anytime Fitness and tentatively I will be doing my first presentation to the staff at the end of May and then a 1-2 hr seminar for the membership in June. If all goes well, I will continue doing presentations in all 3 locations. Also, once I get my ACE certification, I will start a couch to 5k program tentatively spring '14 and then a half marathon training group also in '14.
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