Stronger than ever … at age 45

In January, I’ll turn 45 years-old. I intend to make it my strongest year. Young me When I was a teenager, I played sports, including football and wrestling. I was skinny, and fast and strong. I don’t recall specifics. In terms of speed, I was typically the 2nd or 3rd fastest (10, 40, and 100 yard “sprints”) kid on most teams. In terms of strength, I could perform more than…

MY HALF-IRONMAN CAMPAIGN: TRAINING PROGRAM UPDATE 1

It’s been a while since I updated the blog. Why? It was a heavy travel month, with trips to Japan, England, and Canada. As noted before, the Half-Ironman Triathlon (1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, 13 mile run) that I am considering is June 10, 2018. That’s about 28 weeks from now. I started training 7 weeks ago. Here is my thinking on how the weeks should break down: Phase 1, first 12…

I AM WEAKNESS: UPDATE 1

Week 3 I just completed week 3 of my new strength training routine. It is part of my Half-Ironman Campaign, which also includes Triathlon specific training and a diet reboot. Here is the routine: The routine will be performed 2x per week. The routine has four movements (the links lead to YouTube showing that movement): Air squats Push ups Plank Pull ups The movements are performed as follows: Air squats,…

Week two of the keto diet

Weight loss progress Day “0” = 232.8# End of week 1 = 223.2# End of week 2 = 227.2# Summary = Down 5.6# so far That’s a lot of up and down That’s right. It is … As I’ve mentioned in prior post, my weight this past year (from March 2017 to September 2017) has fluctuated within a 10# range, call it 220# to 230#. Have I lost weight (fat)? It…

Week one of the keto diet. BTW, what is the keto diet?

Today will conclude my first week on the keto diet. Here is my progress: I’ve stayed nearly 100% with the diets protocols (more on that below). I feel good. I’m not seeing any ill effects. I started the diet weighing 232.8 pounds. This morning I weighed 223.2 pounds. Great, right? Don’t get too excited. This year I’ve been maintaining my weight between 220 and 230 pounds. On average (guessing), I…

I AM WEAKNESS

Hold on tight, this is a long post. I started a new strength training routine this week. It is part of my Half-Ironman Campaign, which also includes Triathlon specific training and a diet reboot. My first strength training session was yesterday. It was gut punch to my ego. I felt so weak. Here is the routine: The routine will be performed 2x per week. The routine has four movements (the…

MY PALEO DIET REBOOT: Going Keto Day 2 of 21

Paleo Diet Reboot In a recent post, I noted that I was rebooting my diet to support my Half-Ironman Training Program. I’m well versed on the Paleo diet. It works well for me. It’s allowed me to change my diet habits for the better. However, I’m not as strict as I should be. Here are a couple of examples: Good: I don’t have cereal, milk and juice for breakfast anymore –…

MY HALF-IRONMAN CAMPAIGN: TRAINING PROGRAM

The Half-Ironman Triathlon (1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, 13 mile run) that I am considering is June 10, 2018. That’s about 35 weeks from now, a long time. Here is my thinking on how to break down the weeks: Phase 1, first 12 weeks: Focus on cardio intensity via the bike, swimming technique and swimming 500 meters with ease, strength training, and weight loss. I will avoid running to…

My Half Ironman Campaign: Diet … Getting After It … with a Paleo Diet Reboot

As I noted in my last post, I decided to complete a Half Ironman in 2018. A Half Ironman is 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike and 13 mile run. That’s big. I have about 8 months to prepare. I’ve (mostly) decided on my training program. I’ll post it soon. In this post, I’ll hit diet and body weight. Diet and Body Weight Diet and body weight are going to…

What’s Next: Signing up for a Half Ironman

I completed my first Olympic Triathlon (1 mile swim, 25 mile bike, 6 mile run) in July 2017. I found the training process and event itself enjoyable and rewarding. I’ve been thinking about “what next?”. After much contemplation, I narrowed it down to another Olympic Triathlon or a Half Ironman (1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, 13 mile run). I settled on a Half Ironman. Why? I enjoy training. Small plans are…