Physical fitness is something that’s been a part of my life for a while. But now I’ve decided to take it to a higher level.
After years of working out on and off (probably more off), I set a goal to run a 5K in the summer of 2008. I hadn’t run beyond about a mile and half before so this was my first “stretch” goal. The experience was positive enough that I set another goal to run a 10K the following summer. After some prodding from my brother-in-law, the 10K turned into a half marathon.
For the first time, I was shooting for a goal I wasn’t sure I was going to reach. I found myself running 5 days a week. Whereas before I wasn’t sure I was going to finish a 5K, I was now regularly running distances of 20 miles a week or more and after four solid months of training, I finished the half marathon in 2 hours 13 minutes.
Now, I’m looking for the next challenge. I want something that provides the complete head to toe level of fitness and performance that running alone could not and pushes my physical limits even further. And I think I’ve found it – an Olympic distance triathlon. A 1.5K swim. A 40K bike. A 10K run. A race that will take about 3 hours to complete.
But that won’t be enough.
About two and a half years ago, I took up martial arts training as a means of getting a physical workout as well as channeling my inner Jason Bourne. I started training in traditional karate and about a year later began practicing Okinawan Kobudo which is a form of Japanese weapons training. Over this time, I’ve progressed up the ladder to the point where I anticipate testing for black belt in both disciplines.
So these are the goals for 2010: one Olympic distance triathlon and two martial arts black belts. They’ll require a level of fitness and endurance that I have yet to achieve. And that’s why I’m here.
I’m going to push harder than I ever have before to achieve these goals and I want to document every step of the journey. The training. The nutrition. The successes. The failures. By doing this, I hope to both help and inspire individuals who may be setting an exercise or fitness goal for the first time in 2010 as well as the more experienced fitness buffs who may enjoy learning some new and helpful tips along the way. I’m hoping that my story is one that you, the reader, will be able to cheer for and use as motivation to achieve a goal above what you previously thought was possible.
But if I’m going to do this right, I’m going to need help. To get me to my goals, I’ve hired a personal trainer. She’s also a certified nutritionist, All-American gymnast in college and marathon finisher. I’ll be working out with her twice a week for at least the first few months of the year to push me with hard workouts, new techniques, and nutrition advice – information that I’ll be passing on to you. Additionally, my brother is a certified strength and conditioning coach at a major university so I feel like I’ll have some great resources for the journey.
How this story will end and the final results of this challenge are unknown. But it will be a fun ride. I hope you’ll come along for it.
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