Wednesday, January 2, 2013

2013 - what does it mean to me?


Really? It's 2013.

I remember as a youngster that I used to calculate how old I would be in the year 2000. That was as far as I had ever gotten. I guess I never really needed to calculate beyond there because 26 was old enough. When I was 26 we moved to Arizona and I learned that I would be 65 in the year 2038 ... because that is when my license expires.

This year I turn 40. The easy math tells me that 2073 will be a sweet year. I am shooting for that one and beyond.

Guess what? I am not old. I am also not young. I am in the "sweet spot". I have mathematical evidence that shows I am a better athlete right now than I have ever been AND I have room to improve. That is a great feeling. I also hope to carry the attitude that wherever I am on the timeline is the sweet spot.

This year has much larger implications. The new perspective I have gained through the fitness journey is fantastic. I can see the positive and it outweighs the negative in almost all situations.

I make resolutions all the time ... not just at the beginning of the year.

I intend to take a more well-rounded and diverse approach to my fitness routine this year. I believe this will not only give me a more balanced life but can also improve my fitness. I will do more strength training. I might do a little less time on the bike and opt for intensity. I will hike and trail run more and do more measured running speed work. My speed work for the run this year was inconsistent and at times TOO LONG to actually gain speed results. I am slow at swimming but I do enjoy it. I will be working on that quite a bit over the next year. I have to get more efficient in the water. I may need to change my breathing pattern. My giant head sinks me too much on my breath stroke.

I have hovered between 185 and 195 lbs. now for about a year and a half. This is not shameful considering I hovered between 225 and 240lbs. for about 10 years prior. I would like to hover between 175 and 185 on a permanent basis. I do feel better a little lighter. At 175 I would be about as lean as I want to be and I could maintain a normal lifestyle at that weight.

+++++++++++++++ Training Update ++++++++++++++

Hey Bryonman, are you training right now?

Yes.

I have maintained my activity through running and walking. I walked for over 30 hours in December atop of running a half marathon, getting a PR in a 5K and doing run speed work. I have been to spin class on multiple days and even managed to sneak in a few swims. That said, I did drastically dial the training back during the holidays. It made me more enjoyable to be around than last year because I was not in the midst of training for a 140.6. The best part of all this has been the recovery. I had been having some nagging foot issues. The rest and some new shoe inserts have solved that issue.





2 comments:

  1. Bryonman---We completed our first 1/2 marathon in November after following through with Jeff Galloway's beginner 1/2 marathon training schedule (http://www.jeffgalloway.com/training/half_marathon.html). We clocked in at 1:56.34 and were pretty happy about it, especially since it wasn't the best feeling day. Training for our next 1/2 (Derby Mini in Louisville) will start soon and we are considering a few different options. We would like to bust 1:50 this time around, but are uncertain if we should opt for a more intense training schedule this soon. Galloway's next level training is on the link above as well, but we initially balked when seeing the dramatic shift in mileage, time, speed work, etc. Have any thoughts on this? Perhaps we should modify the latter training? Stick to the beginner for one more and see how we improve?

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  2. First of all - anything sub 2 hrs in a half and you've done work. Good job.

    Second - having time goals is a natural progression. You are being wise in your temperment of those goals. I learned this the hard way at a few races by setting myself up for failure. I now practice "target times" which are not set-in-stone with the goal being "finish".

    Third - Training volume is like food. It is person specific. Even JGall will prescribe to this notion. You've been running long enough to know HOW to listen to your body. Against most people's suggestions along the way, I have opted for higher volume than recommended because I crave it. I learned in the past month or so that a person can be fatigued and overtrained yet not even notice ... until they take a break and come back to new levels.

    It's science and that part is fun - but remember the experience should also be fun as a whole - else it will become a chore.

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