Posted on April 4, 2011 by Dave
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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Posted on April 9, 2010 by Dave
No, it’s not a baby. That won’t come for about another seven weeks.
This is the bike that I picked up at the bike expo last night. It’s a 2010 Trek 1.2 Compact. One of the bike techs working there told me that I was going to go “really fast” on this. Is there a much better sales pitch than that? I don’t think so either.
I also picked up a wireless computer (measuring speed, distance, temperature, cadence, etc.) as well as a bottle and clip.
It’ll probably be a little cold today to give it a test run but maybe over the weekend. I really can’t wait to see what it can do!
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Posted on April 7, 2010 by Dave
Just registered for the Pewaukee Sprint Triathlon on July 11. Might as well get into at least one of the races I want to today.
.25 mile swim, 16 mile bike, 5K run.
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Posted on April 7, 2010 by Dave
I just found out that the Olympic distance triathlon that I’ve been working up towards – the one that’s really been the end goal of all of my training up to this point – has been cancelled.
This race made the most sense because it covered the distance that I was looking for and was right in town so no travel involved. Now, it looks like I’ll need to search for another option. There are plenty of sprint triathlons in the Milwaukee area this summer but there seem to be few at the Olympic distance.
The search begins……..
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Posted on April 6, 2010 by Dave
It’s almost that time to pick up a road bike for the triathlons this summer. There’s a bike expo in town this weekend (advertising “1500 bikes on site and ready to ride home!”) and I’m going to check it out and quite likely purchase my bike.
I’m staying on the lower end of the price grid (no need to drop five grand on a bike right now). The bike I’m leaning towards is a 2010 Trek 1.2 road bike. My only concern is that there are a number of good bicycle brands like Felt and Gary Fisher that I just don’t know anything about.
Does anybody have a preference towards a Trek, Gary Fisher, Felt or some other brand of road bike out there? I’d really be interested in getting other opinions. I’ll probably be looking to drop the hammer on a purchase on Thursday or Friday.
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Posted on March 5, 2010 by Dave
So, I had the best of intentions Wednesday for getting in the pool and doing a few hundred meters. It just never happened (just like posting here never happened but that’s another story). Motivation escaped me. My excuse is that instead I spent my lunch shopping for my wife’s birthday gift that’s coming up in about a week and a half. Marriage points are worth more than fitness points!
My sole workout Wednesday came at karate class. We spent the better part of the class doing lunges with medicine balls and stance work so I can’t say this didn’t come without the physical demands of its own! Yesterday was another session with the personal trainer (more lunges!) and karate in the evening. Today, I finally made it back in the pool for that swim that I missed on Wednesday. I’m glad I get at least the one obligatory swim in this week but I can tell that this is going to be the greatest challenge for me of the three triathlon events.
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Posted on March 3, 2010 by Dave
Yesterday was another big day on the treadmill. I wasn’t sure whether I wanted to do speedwork or run for distance. So I did something right in the middle. The result was a 3.25 mile run in 25:39. That works out to a 7:54 mile pace – a new best at that distance for me. I’m a happy camper!
I also did this run without any type of knee support. It turned out to be about 80% the right decision as I did experience some stiffness in my left knee during the last mile. It wasn’t enough to make me feel like I wanted to stop but it was enough to tell me that I still need to keep a close eye on it going forward. Some good stretching right afterwards, a short easy stretch on the bike to “unload” the legs and an ice pack later in the day all seemed to be the cure as my knee is feeling fine again. I never would have guessed that staying loose and pain-free would be so much work! Maybe I’m getting old.
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