• 2010 Race Calendar

    01.17 - Samson Stomp 5K
    04.24 - Deer Run 10K
    05.01 - Door County Half Marathon
    07.11 - Pewaukee Triathlon
    08.01 - Bradford Beach Tri
    09.11 - TosaFest 5K

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I’m Back!!!

Hey everyone,

I realize it’s been quite a while since I’ve made any kind of post to this blog but I’m going to change that all today!

There’s a lot of catching up to do I’m sure but I wanted to give you all a quick update on where I am and what I’ve been up to.  Instead of trying to pick up from where I left out, I’ll start out with a quick recap of 2010 up till the present day.

Fitness wise, it was a great year.  For you guys interested in the numbers, I started the year at 202 pounds and finished up at 192.  My body fat percentage started at 19.7% and finshed the year at 16.2%.  I consider this great progress.  I’ve always felt better at around 190 so I was happy to be at that level for most of the year.

I ran a total of five races during 2010 – a 5K, two 10Ks, a half marathon and my first ever triathlon.  I set a personal record in my first 10K at 48:23 and followed it up a week later with another PR at the half marathon distance of 1:57:50.  Conditions were fantastic for my first triathlon (a sprint distance) in July but I found out pretty quick that I wasn’t as prepared for it as I should have been (especially in the swim) and sort of staggered to the finish line in 1:38:54.  Hoping to rectify that in a big way in 2011.

I continue in my 4th year of martial arts training and was invited in the beginning of 2011 to test for black belt in June.  I’ve been taking candidate classes for the last two months and am just two short months away from achieving my ultimate goal that’s been almost four full years in the making.  Very excited!

I’m looking forward to catching up with all of you again and hear about how you’re coming along with your goals.  Feel free to drop me a line or comment!

All the best……..

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Long Running

This weekend, the push towards the half marathon in four weeks continued.  Yesterday, I did 8 miles.  This is the longest distance I’ve run since last year.  The course I ran on was hilly (which will match what the race course will be like) and conditions were windy.  Not ideal for a good long run but we fight through it, right?

Overall, I’d have to consider it a success.

I covered the distance in 1:12:56.  Knees felt great.  No issues whatsoever (although today they feel a little stiff…..not surprising considering I haven’t run that distance since last year).  I ran a fairly “technical” route.  I hit that big uphill at about the 4 to 4.5 mile mark and started walking about halfway up.  I wasn’t going much faster running it than I would have walking (plus I was spending a lot more energy) so I figured I’d better walk.

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Back For A Short While

Seeing as I’ve been gone from here for the last few weeks, I imagine I owe everyone who has continued to visit here an explanation.

Short answer – my schedule got too full and something had to give.  Not the best answer I suppose but it is the truth.  I’ve had a lot going on at work lately that’s required a lot of my time and by the time I get home at night I just want to take it easy and hang out with my wife and daughter.  No offense to anyone reading this but they’ll always come first.

I’d like to think that things will slow down here over the summer but I get the sense that this won’t be the case.  A lot of initiatives going on at work and our second daughter will make her debut just eight short weeks from now.  My guess is that I’ll only be updating sporadically for the near future.  For that, I apologize.  I really wish I could be on here more frequently as I really enjoy the community of people but sometimes priorities and responsibilities spin you in a different direction.

With that being said, I did want to give you all an update on what’s been going on from a fitness and training perspective since I last jumped on and, fortunately, a lot of it is good news.

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Monday Morning And I’m Ready To Go!

Good morning all!  Hope you’re week is off to a good start!

Thanks to all for the well wishes for my health over the last several days.  I’m happy to say that I’m doing much better today.  The congestion in my head seems to finally be dissipating today and I’m feeling healthier now than I have at any point in the past week.  Here’s hoping that a good workout today won’t undo all of that!

And what better day to be feeling better.  Today is weigh-in day and I think for the first time since I’ve started weekly weigh-ins, I’m expecting a weight loss today.  I’m not sure it has much to do with healthy eating as much as it has to do with the fact that the cold this weekend seemed to have affected my appetite.  There were times where I had a bowl of cereal for dinner and just didn’t feel like anything else.  I weighed in at 198.6 last week and I think I’ll be under 198 this week.  Just a feeling.

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3rd Straight Rest Day

Sickness continues to run wild in our house lately.  My wife and I are both battling coughs and colds and last night our daughter came down with a nasty case of the stomach flu.  Needless to say, we’ve been focusing our energy on just getting through the day lately.

Today will be rest day #3 in a row for me.  While I’ve been enjoying working out lately, I’ve also felt that the extra rest has been just what I needed.  I’ve still got to kick whatever is running through me but my body and my muscles do feel noticably refreshed and I think that can only help me when I start hitting the pavement again.

Tomorrow (health pending of course) is the next weekly weigh-in, personal training session, and karate class.  A full plate for sure!  I’m looking forward to getting back to the grind again!

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Sick Day

So it turns out that pushing myself yesterday was not a good idea.  After starting the day not feeling great to begin with, my session with the personal trainer made me feel even worse.  She went a little lighter on me than usual but it was still enough to drain almost all of my energy and leave me feeling pretty weak.  If that wasn’t enough, my decision to go do karate after that was the proverbial nail in the coffin.  I felt bad enough last night that I ended up calling in sick to work today.

I think I’ll take this as a sign that I should take it easy for a day or two.  I’ve been trying to continue like normal with this chest cold for most of the week and I think the main result of this has been that I haven’t been able to work out as intensely as normal yet I also haven’t been able to get back to being 100% again.  I think I’ll better serve myself and my family by taking a little time to getting healthy again and then we can push forward again.

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