Wednesday, November 27, 2013
A big shout out to my son last night. He earned his varsity letter for cross country in his senior year. I know he wonít read this, but I told him last night. I was a proud papa. He only ran 3 years and most of last year and this year he was bothered by shin splints. I know from my own experience those suck and it isnít easy to keep running. He and the coach managed to find a training plan to mitigate the effects somewhat and he was able to race each week. A few times I had to put my arm around a sweaty, stinky, smelly kid and help him walk back to the tent since his shins hurt so bad, but I wouldnít change it for the world. He stuck with it and the determination he showed will serve him well. It wasnít as good a senior year as he wanted, but he did the best he could and ran his fastest time at the end of the year.
So to my son: Keep up the hard work and life will be good for you. Doors will open you may not have known were there. Donít be afraid to open them and see what life has to offer. Continue to let the boy live inside the fine young man you are growing into. I get told all the time you are such a great, kind, and caring young man. I know life will not always be easy but I also know you will make the best of any situation and bring a light that others will see. Never let a smile be far from your face and make sure to feel that smile with your whole self. Others see it and know that it comes from your heart.
Mainly, thanks for being a great son and making this proud dad's life better for you just being you.
Okay, brought tears to my own eyes.
So, I will do it evidently. Unless something trips me up over the next few days, and this is the start of the holiday season so that may happen. But it looks like I am about to cross the 1500 exercise minutes in a month plateau. But considering that tomorrow is the start of a 4 day weekend, I should be able to get in 80 or more minutes of fitness. If I am not mistaken this will be the first time I have hit this mark. Actually I know I will make it simply because I know I will need to after dinner and brunch tomorrow.
So, anyway, not much else to add, except have a great thanksgiving everyone. I hope your day is filled with friends and family and great food. Healthy and even a little treat or two. It may not fit the plan but moderation will be key. That is more a reminder to myself than anyone else.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Spur of the moment decisions. Good or bad? Right now I am thinking bad. I went to the gym last night and just had no desire to climb on the recumbent bike. I seriously thought about not working out and just relaxing in the sauna. Went in to the cardio theater and looked at the bike. Said no way. Still debating in my mind what to do, the sauna is calling my name. So instead of the bike I climb on the treadmill. Still I climb on the treadmill with the saunaís words of encouragement.
The sauna is saying, ďno one but you will know you skipped. As a matter of fact it will look like you worked out with all the sweat.Ē So, I start on the treadmill. Nice easy pace to start. Once started I am feeling ok. Still not excited about it all. But I finally quiet the voice of the sauna. I tell myself Tuesday is a day off. My sonís cross country banquet is tonight and since it lasts 4 hours, it doesnít leave much time to workout between work or after the banquet.
So I start moving. Get the pace up to about 4 mph and think I now feel good. Letís ramp it up. So I bump the pace to 5.5 and start to jog. And I am surprised at how good I feel. I jog for about 5 minutes. Then back down to a walk. I donít want to overdo it. But the legs feel good and when I am jogging I am just watching the calorie counter almost fly. So I walk for a few then jog another4 minutes or so. Then walk again and then I finish with 2 minutes. So a total of about 35 minutes and 10 of it jogging. And I feel good.
I then go visit the evil/heavenly sauna and warm up and sweat and am satisfied instead of down on myself. I accomplished it. This was followed by a talk in the locker room. This guy comes up and says, ďman, I see you walking your dog all over the neighborhood around here. Walking and jogging. Keep up the good work.Ē I say, I havenít really jogged, but he says it looked like I was with how fast I was moving.
Now today, my legs actually feel good and are not sore. But my back sure is! So i am not sure if was good or bad, but I will still go with good.
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Another good day on the diet, although I did splurge a little yesterday. Kept it in moderation though. We had a food party for someone who we just hired as a welcome to work, and it was also a quasi baby shower since his wife is about to have a baby. He was a temp for a long time. So I had some cake and maybe went over my calorie goal, but not by much. Then did make the gym and stuck to my easy workout plan and didnít push it due to the overeating. Trying to stay with the plan as much as possible.
Tonight is the next installment of HIIT workouts on the bike. So a nice 20 minute warm up walk on the treadmill. Then 5 minutes warm up on the recumbent. Then hit it hard for 25 minutes or so and a cool down. I know it will kick my butt. I increase each interval by 5 seconds tonight. And while 5 seconds may not sound like much, I am sure my legs will be shaky tonight.
So, I started researching local triathlons. I had hoped to do the Ride Across Indiana which is 160 miles across the state of Indiana west to east in July of next year. And I wanted to add in a sprint distance triathlon in Cincinnati. Not that I will be very competitive in that, more itís something that has always intrigued me. But they are one week apart. And I donít want to push it that much. I figure if I do it, I still need to be smart about it. So I found a triathlon in Muncie, IN on May 10, 2014. The big drawback to that is the water will be cold. Luckily I have a wetsuit, assuming it meet the requirements to be legal. So, something else to research.
So if I complete the triathlon it would give me 2 months to really get the training in gear for the RAIN ride in July. Sounds like I have lots to learn. This serves 2 purposes though. It gives me a goal. One that is only about 7 months away. I may need to put something in between now and then to really keep me focused, the big issue will be the swim. I donít currently have access to a pool. It will also give me plenty of time to become a runner and do it in a smart manner, gives a whole new meaning to couch to 5k in 8 weeks.
Hmm, this will be interesting. I have lots to learn now. Which is never a bad thing. Might need to see if my son is crazy enough to try this with me. Then again he will be at the tail end of tennis season so that may be out.
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
First thanks to all who commented on my second blog yesterday. It was depressing to get the news. It is always a reminder how it can happen at any time to any one of us. But I will continue my work to not give my body any reason to shut down.
I was flipping channels on Saturday and came across a 90 minute show on the 2013 Ironman in Kona, HI. Wow, all I can say those people are incredible. 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride, and a marathon. I am not sure I would ever want to compete in an ironman competition, but one of my ultimate goals is to complete a spring distance tri. Interestingly, I have never done 112 miles on a bike, but I have done 102. I really plan to do 160 next summer and will spend the winter getting ready for that. I keep looking at the distances on the sprint distance and figure the biking part is not an issue. The running parts and swimming parts would be my killer. Especially since right now, I can hardly run anything. I am going to get back in to that though. They do have one in Cincinnati that I am eyeing, I am not too sure about the swimming in the Ohio River part of it though. That river doesnít strike me as very clean. But people do ski and tube on it, so we will see.
Well, last night was a late workout that was basically a 60 minute walk. I decided to just dress for the cold and walk instead of walking to the gym and getting super sweaty then walking home. Either way, I was getting cold by the end, but it worked out well. I havenít walked that far in awhile, so the legs are sore. Today is a rest day, but I may walk for 30 minutes tonight at an easier pace than last night. We will see what the day brings though. I have it penciled in, but we shall see. More it will be just to stretch out the muscles than any type of a real workout. Tomorrows plan is my second HIIT interval session of the week so I want to make sure I save some for that.
So have a happy Wednesday everyone.
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