Thursday, February 13, 2014
Between December 27th and Now, there has been a lot happening.
I have started weight lifting through my gym. I have had to do three main lifts: Dead Lifts, Back Squats, and Bench Press. There are other weight related exercised that I do, such as military press, hyper extensions, and band pulls. For the three main lifts I have had to find my base line max for each.
Bench Press: 138 lbs Back Squat: 198 lbs Dead Lifts: 253 lbs
I am pretty impressed with my base line.
I found out February 3rd that I got into my triathlon. So come July 20th I will be participating in Maine's "Triforacure" sprint distance triathlon. I have been putting a lot of work in already and now I feel like I have to put even more in. I feel even a greater pressure now. I know I have time.
As for other efforts: I am now paying for ANOTHER gym. New England weather is not conducive to triathlon training, with frozen lakes and all. So I had sign up with the YMCA for the pool. Side benefit: There are other classes available such as Spinning classes. Yay!
Swimming is a bit of struggle for right now. I can swim, I can swim 1/2 mile without stopping. However, what I can't do is breath and do the crawl stroke at the same time. That is going to take some work. Once I have that down pat, I will need to work on my speed.
I tried to give it a whirl for the first time in the pool the other day. The life guard on duty must have had a good laugh over me. Must have rolled his eyes and just said to himself "oh good I am going to have save this one from herself" LOL
In addition to this, I need to work on my running some more. My course is 3 miles and no matter what – walking, running, or otherwise – that is the distance I complete. Lately I have only had to stop 2 to 4 times to walk my course. Each time I walk it is only for a very short time, about 30s for most stops 1.3 minutes at most. This is progress. I know this. However, running feels like I am working really hard and going no where fast. Maximum effort for minimum results.
Patience with myself is needed as well as continued effort in making progress. I know running is so hard because of how heavy I currently am. This is a mild source of frustration with me. I seem to be losing the same 10 pounds over and over again. I have been working on my diet, I have experimented with my calorie intake. I know the range I am in now is not enough for my activity level. 1500 - 1800 is not enough, I am starving and low in energy during my workouts. This is an issue. So now, I am trying to stick to about 2000 calories maybe a little more. I need to dial it in and figure out what is the optimum range between being satisfied but also for my workouts to be less sluggish.
Oh and finally one last thing: In an effort to train for my triathlons, I have signed up for this: http://www.newinterwild.com/
Up hill "racing" in an effort to build up my leg strength and endurance. I do not care what place I come in, the whole point is to just do it as part of a training exercise.
On the whole the experience should be an interesting one.