Month: October 2016

My Triathlon Training Program: Week 1 Concluded

Whew. I completed week 1 of my triathlon training program. The training went well. Some of the other parts sucked. Here is a summary of my training program: I’ll consider a week to start on Monday and finish on Sunday. I’ll complete the following each week: Weight training sessions Standing overhead dumbbell presses (1 session) Deadlifts (1 session) 30-minute swim (3 sessions) 30-minute bike (3 sessions) 30-minute run (3 sessions) I’ll…

My Triathlon Training Program

I signed up for a triathlon a few weeks back. I’d been kicking around the idea for a while, and felt the need to take action. I’ve spent the last couple of weeks researching training programs. I’ve found a number of useful sources: Twitter, Triathlon websites and books. Twitter has been useful for getting answers to single questions. It is also good for developing a “tribe”. I expect the tribe…

Yesterday’s 6 Mile Run: Three Crappy Problems and One Interesting Conversation

On Saturday mornings, I typically run my “long run” – currently 6 miles. I’ve been at 6 miles for about 2 months now, so the distance is comfortable (at my slow pace of ~5 miles per hour). Yesterday’s Saturday morning “long run” was a challenge, actually, a real cluster: I woke up around 5 AM for my run. However, I stayed in bed, feeling like I needed to use the…

Modifying My Weight Training Routine

I started weight training early in 2015, sticking to machines at the gym. My approach started ad hoc, and took shape as the year (2015) progressed. Last December (2015), I decided to fully structure and radically simplify my weight training routine. Here are the details: Train once per week Deadlift 2 warmup sets for 5 reps 1 working set of 5 reps (repetitions) Standing overhead dumbbell press 2 warmup sets…

Triathlon Training: Dipping My Toe in the Water

I signed up for my first triathlon a couple of weeks ago. It is October 2016 now. The triathlon is in May 2017. For those not familiar, a triathlon consists of the following, completed back to back: 1 mile swim in a lake 25 mile bike ride 6 mile run Biking and Running I am comfortable with riding a bike, although I have not gone that distance before (15 miles…

Paleo Cookies and Ice Cream

This will make Paleo purists cringe. If that’s you, avert your eyes. I received a bunch of questions about the recipe for the cookies. It is below. The Cookies Five-Ingredient Chocolate Chip Cookies, Paleo (Source http://Marthastewart.com) Prep: 10 minutes Cook 25 minutes Makes 30 INGREDIENTS 1 cup almond butter 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips 1/2 cup packed light-brown sugar 2 large eggs 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt DIRECTIONS Preheat oven to 350 degrees….

Vitamix: A Helpful Luxury

We have a Vitamix, which a super fancy commercial kitchen grade blender. It turns everything into a smoothie. The unit is not cheap. However, if you can afford it, it is a great addition to your health and fitness repertoire. Why? The drinks (smoothies) are delicious. I haven’t had a bad one yet. And I am a real pill. Speaking of being a pill, I am a real picky eater (think…

Going Paleo, The First Month

A month ago, I started eating Paleo. You can read about it here. My execution has been okay. Here is the bad and good: Bad I’ll start with the worst. I spent the week of September 19th (2016) in the UK. I stayed at a Marriott. The executive lounge had an unlimited supply of jelly beans. Guess who ate the unlimited supply of jelly beans? I had two to three…

I Signed Up for a Triathlon

In my last post, I mentioned that I was thinking about completing a triathlon. I just went from thinking to doing. I signed up for a triathlon! The triathlon is next May (2017 … 7 to 8 months from now) in Wisconsin. I signed up for the Olympic Triathlon: Triathlon Website. The Olympic consists of the following: 1 mile swim in a lake 25 mile bike ride 6 mile run This…