Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Monday, March 7, 2011
This weekend was a long weekend and unfortunately it was a not filled with long runs and bike rides. This was more a recovery weekend. I try to schedule my recovery weeks on the weeks that I have my Reserve Weekends. I am up and out of the house before the sun and it usually about 7 when I get home. I could workout after I get home, but I have made a deal with the Bride to do something with her when I get home. It is only fair.
Today, I hit the pool and did 2000 meters in 45:20. It was a strange workout:
4x200 (Swim, Kick, Drill, Swim), 4x150 (Swim, Kick, Drill, Swim), 4x100 (Swim, Kick, Drill, Swim), 4x50 (fast) 100 cool down. I had a good swim. I don’t think I went that hard on a lot of the sets. My time was within 2 minutes or so of my normal time, but I did not feel worn out. Tomorrow is a morning ride with Crockett and Tubbs.
The house is coming along nicely. We are set to received the dining room set on Friday. Today we had first cleaning with a new cleaning service and she did a great job. The
lady who had been cleaning our other house wanted shit load (that is a financial term) of money and when we had her clean the house prior to us moving in, she did not do a very good job. This new lady did a great job. To the left is the front of the house.
The downstairs Den
Another View of the Den. The reason I am only showing the downstairs den is that is the only common room that is finished.
I hope that everyone had a great weekend and keep working hard.
Friday, March 4, 2011
Friday, February 25, 2011
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Thursday, February 17, 2011
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
We all know how good we feel after a workout. Especially a hard on. We also know that there are some days it takes all we have to get out the door, or in some cases out of the bed. November and December were difficult months for me to get my ass in gear. I knew I would feel better, but that damn couch was so comfortable. Now that I am back at work getting up in the morning and making the time, both before and after work, to get in my workouts has actually been easier than when I had all the time in the world. I tend to do much better when I have constraints on my time. I have to manage my life better. I actually get more accomplished and don’t feel so overwhelmed.
Sunday morning was my longest ride on the trainer to date. It was 15 miles, which isn’t that far, but I have been doing 30-40 minutes in the morning before work. This was about a 50 min workout. I broke a good sweat and thankfully Jack Bauer was able to make headway during that hour. Monday morning I was up about 0445 and hit the road. I did a little less than 4 miles. I know I am starting to get back in shape when that run starts to feel good. The down side of that was about a mile from the house, I started feeling “that rumbling” down in the belly. I walked for a couple of minutes until it subsided, then I started back off at a faster pace. It then started to me again. Luckily, I made it home just in the nick of time.
Today I was back in the pool. I did 2200 meets in roughly 50-55 minutes. I forgot my watch. Silly me. The main set was a pyramid of 4x50, 2x100, 1x200, 2x100, and 4x50. I was happy that I was able to keep the 50s at about 45 seconds and the 100s at about 1:40.
the den and is watching some crazy Red Carpet Special or those moronic “housewives”. I can retreat to my retreat and watch sports or my military and history channels. Speaking of history on television—if you are folks with a TV in your room I highly recommend “The States” or “The Presidents” from the History channel to help you fall asleep.
I hope everyone has a great week and keep up the hard work.
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
This morning after I was done stretching and doing an ab workout I came across this very interesting article, http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703439504576116083514534672.html, and was truly fascinated by it. Initially, I was fascinated by the author’s view point on the Waxmans. My initial though on the article is what is the author’s bias? There appears to be some major gaps in the writing. If he gets up early and works out, so what if she wakes alone. He is the one getting up earlier. Either the author has a bias against endurance athletes or athlete in general (was he the band or a nerd and mocked by the jocks) or was Mr. Waxman really that big of a selfish pig. Then I started reading the reader comments.
I was amazed at how many people think that training for a triathlon, specifically Sprint or Oly, all that crazy. The ones that really stood out to me were the women complaining about their husbands training. What is wrong with someone (male or female) deciding to push themselves and tackling a new challenge? What is wrong with getting off the couch and shedding that belly fat (I know I need to)? As I continued to read the comments I was struck by 1) the number of women (who don’t appear to work out) complaining, 2) the number of men who whined in general (I make the impolite assumption they were just fat and miserable, 3) the number of ladies who praised their husbands for being supportive, and 4) the number of men who complimented their wives/girlfriends for working out and looking good.
Anything in moderation is usually a good thing. Addiction to something, even exercise when it affects your relationships, falls into the Lazy Triathlete’s category of “BAD”. But who decides that it has been become a problem? How much is too much? Seven hours a week? Ten hours? Fifteen? 7-9 hours a week is not really excessive if you do you the math. One hour a day for 4 days a week and then 90 minutes on Saturday and Sunday gives you seven hours of working out. I realize you have prep and travel time which adds another hour or two. However, that appears to me to be a small price to pay to push yourself and accomplish something, make yourself healthier, and to look and feel better.
Please take some time and read the article and let me know what you think.
This afternoon I went for my first run on my training plan. It was suppose to be an easy 30 minute run. Well it was a SLOW one. After riding 30 minutes and swimming 30 minutes the last two days, my legs were rather heavy and the run was slow. But I did about 3 miles in those 30 minutes after work. My resolution is to follow the training plan as best as I can (weekends with Battle Assembly will be difficult) and to work out after work. New house, new habits.
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Ok, it is not really a reason, more like an excuse. I haven’t been that good on working out over the last 3 weeks. My excuse is that we bought a new house, moved, my wife went out of town for two weeks and I was putting stuff together and cleaning up the place. Did I mention it was cold too? Cold is lame, I admit it. I have been much colder in my life than it has been here lately.
We closed on the house 7 January and had the movers take everything out of the house on the 8th. January 10th was a great day for my supervisory skills. I had the locksmith, the FIOS guy (if you can get it, it beats the hell out of cable), Sears brought the new washer and dryer, the plumber, the yard guys, and the Geek Squad to hang the two TVs. One in the downstairs den and one in my office/workout room. I can now watch TV, a DVD, or stream a movie from Netflix as I ride the bike or work out.
I have lost 2.5 lbs in the last three weeks, so I am eating better. That motivated me to get back to working out this week. I was up at 5am Monday for an easy 30 minute ride on the bike. Then after I got home I started a new ab workout. I have to say that my abs are rather sore today. This morning I got up and did a 30 min run, which is my third run in the last 2 weeks. After work today I hit the new gym (we finally joined this weekend) and I swam about 30 mins. The swim was ok, but an easy 30 min swim should not have been as hard this one felt.
Tomorrow is another day on the bike. Shooting for 35 minutes. I want to get up to 45 mins before work, and then do the Ab workout after I get home. All it takes is 21 days to get in the habit!!!!
Keep working hard everyone!!
Monday, January 3, 2011
I ate way too much on December 31, but damn it was good. Why can’t steam broccoli taste like a pepperoni pizza? Just a random thought there. The Bride loves WII Fit, especially the scale since it keeps her honest. She has talked me into doing some of the WII Fit games, but mainly the weigh-in on there. Of course she can see my weight, but I can’t see hers. But I digress. I weighed in at 179 lbs (rounding up). Which was about 6lbs less than I thought I weighed. So I am pretty happy that I had not gained as much as I thought I had. My goal is to be at 160 by the end June. I see no reason I can’t do that. Well there is my love of pepperoni pizza.
Saturday afternoon I headed out for my first bike ride of the year. I planned on meeting a buddy of mine and doing about 20 miles, but he bailed at the last minute due to the possibility of rain. So I headed down to Haines Point to do some laps. I ended up biking an hour in some pretty chilly wind. With the wind I was easily doing 18.5-19 mph and against the wind I was working hard to do 16. I don’t remember when a short hour ride hurt so much. But it felt good to be on the new bike for only the second time outside.
This morning I was up at 5am and headed out the door for 3.5 miles. It was a brisk 27 with a cold north wind as I started. I am ashamed of how slow my 3.5 mile run was. I don’t remember the last time I suffered through 10 min miles. The good news is it only gets easier, well it gets faster. Tomorrow, I am off to swim with the masters at the Y. Soon, I will be moving to a new place to swim. That is if we ever close on the new house, but more on that later.
I think I am going to sign up for the Augusta 70.3. If anyone has done that race I would love some info.
Now back to the closing. We wanted to close last Wednesday, but due to a last minute request from the lender to the seller that did not happen. The document was received late on Thursday, but with the holiday nothing was done on Friday. I was not hopeful about today even though the Bride was. If everything was completed today, we should be able to close on Wednesday. Please keep your fingers crossed.
I hope everyone had a great New Years. Lets all get back in gear.