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Friday, October 04, 2013

One more item crossed of my bucket list. I did a Sprint Triathlon, which I wrote about in my last blog. I have another scheduled for Oct 20th. This one has a longer swim portion!

My marathon training continues, and I'm doing pretty well. Haven't had to cut back on the mileage much, not at all compared to my training for the last marathon. I did substitute one day of running with a swim day, and am swimming or cycling on my other rest days. I think that's acceptable, since rest days doesn't necessarily mean complete rest. On the other hand, I'm feeling tired more than usual lately.

My weight training is only about 2 days a week now. Not because of laziness, actually I like weight training, but I'm afraid of pushing my body too much, and not getting enough recovery time. My shoulders and core are a good kind of sore from swimming, so I don't think I need too much more upper body ST anyway.

It's been fun experimenting with my new programs, but I remain concerned that I'm not allowing enough recovery time. So far, no injuries or real pain.

Also, I've been doing a lot of reading about sharing triathlon and marathon training, and more reading about aging athletes. It seems like doom and gloom to me, like everyting breaks down with age. Loss of muscle mass, VO2 max and injury warnings everywhere. Warning to go slowly. Then I read contradictory information that aging athletes can indeed gain speed and strength by training smart.

So, I just look at the big picture and train for myself. What I feel is pushing myself just enough to gain and grow. Since the swim aspect is most new to me, I am growing very quickly there. Plus, it's fun. I go to a local state park which has a natural spring pool. It seems to be about 80 feet across according to google maps measurements, so that's how I measure my distances. There is an underground spring feed which shoots the water out on one end, this gives me a chance to swim against a current. Good endurance training. My next tri will be in a lake with no current, so I'm hoping that my times will be better there.

My weight has gone up by 2 lbs, but I have to say, I look better in the mirror. We all warn ourselves to not pay too much attention to the scale. And this is a perfect example. I know how I look in the mirror, and I see definite improvement there, despite the 2 lb weight gain. Could be just water gain from new muscles holding water, but I'm not concerned about it. Just saying how the scale doesn't always reflect ones physical improvements.

Sorry I haven't been blogging much. Just wanted to touch base and update my training schedule. I sure have been logging the miles and putting in the time lately!

Thanks for reading and have a great day.

edit: 2 lbs heavier?

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
FANGFACEKITTY 10/6/2013 3:36PM

    emoticon "Experts" tend to preach a one size fits all approach, best is generally to start with their recommendations and then do what feels right for you. Take it easy on those recovery days though!

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ROXYZMOM 10/4/2013 9:29PM

    You are doing great! I am glad you are listening to your body as you transform and change your goals and program!

You are a great role model.

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JACKIE542 10/4/2013 6:59PM

    You are doing great, and you look awesome, wish I could get my arms toned like that.
We are all individuals, no matter what our age is, just pay attention to yourself.
Yes 2 pounds of muscle I'd say!! emoticon emoticon

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BIGPAWSUP 10/4/2013 4:16PM

    That would be 2 lbs of pure muscle my friend. You look great and as usual you are doing amazing. Just keep paying attention to how you FEEL and you should be golden!

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MASRITE 10/4/2013 3:51PM

    Um yeah, can't see those 2 lbs! You've a V going on there!! Tell those young guys to watch out!!!

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JACKSGRAN 10/4/2013 1:10PM

    You are an inspiration! Keep it up. emoticon

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DALID414 10/4/2013 11:31AM

    Take what you read in stride, no one knows you better than you, so train for yourself emoticon

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MARGARITTM 10/4/2013 10:48AM

    I am very interested in your research on the "more mature athlete".

Keep me posted.

I do try to do more strength training to prevent injury but do not know if I am getting the right mix of:

a. Strength
b rest
c and the most important - HAVING FUN!

I also have this work thing that seems to interfere with my training and social life.... oh yeah and a few people in my life that demand a little of my time as well.

send me the link to the tri - I do check results! Have fun with this.

PS I do have running buddies that swear by Tri's - they feel that the training is varied enough that it helps prevent injury.

Comment edited on: 10/4/2013 10:51:00 AM

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KIMPY225 10/4/2013 10:31AM

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    Congrats. You will do awesome.

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SPEEDYDOG 10/4/2013 10:05AM

    Dear Boilham,

Thanks for posting such an interesting blog. First, there are such things as total rest days. You're a very active guy and perhaps a few total rest days a week would be mentally tough on you. However, your body rebuilds on those rest days.

Cross-Training is good. Cycling tends to build muscles. Unfortunately, cycling and running use some of the same muscles, albeit at different intensities. Since you are a triathlete you know the feeling of climbing on a bike after running or swimming.

I believe that aging athlete can indeed increase speed and strength. I can outrun and out-cycle faster than people less than 1/2 my age. But I cannot outrun or out-cycle my 28 year-old self!

But I know this - I don't heal as fast now. Many years ago, I could beat my body continuously and get stronger and faster. As a much older man, I need more rest between intense workouts.

Maybe you have the gift of eternal youth. You are an inspiration to me.

Thanks, Bruce

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MASRITE 10/4/2013 9:57AM

    Wow, another tri for my friend!! You're going to rock this one, too. So excited for you. Can't wait to see your pics and read about it. I was supposed to do my Nike half on the same day as your tri, so, I'll live through you. Still no running for me. Will this ever go away!!

2 lbs is nothing with all the workouts your doing. And, like you said, the mirror tells it all. You've probably gained some extra muscle by doing new activities. I think you should post a pic and we'll be the judge!!

have a great day! emoticon

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HAPPY-DESTINY 10/4/2013 9:13AM

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LADYJ6942 10/4/2013 8:49AM

    Good luck and keep at it you are doing awesome.

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CAROLCRC 10/4/2013 8:41AM

    Recovery time is very important as we age... but improvement is certainly quite possible! Every exercise session sends the cells signals to grow instead of decay.

Have you read "Younger Next Year"? Excellent book that mixes anecdotal evidence with the science behind exercise/nutrition and aging.

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