So last time I talked about how crazy the last year has been for me and the detrimental effect it had on the fitness aspect of my life. Before I go forward and tell you what’s next, I need to start with another step back
I dont normally post “body shots” of any kind(mainly because my primary purpose for exercise is to be fit and race; looking good is just a secondary benefit), but the above picture has a lot to do w/ my outlook from here on out. This picture was taken during the summer of 2009.
Why is it significant?
Well during this period of time I was in my best “overall shape”; my strength,speed, endurance, and body fat were all at top levels! I was still playing rugby and has getting ready for my 2nd 1/2 marathon. Due to both of those, I was lifting weights 4 times a week, doing a few distance runs a week, and doing a lot of cross training. During the summer, it was almost all sprinting, agility work, and heavy lifting. I was also running injury free!
The more I thought about it, the more I realized why I was at peak fitness…..my physical activity was extremely balanced; I was doing a little of everything!
During my pursuit of becoming an Ironman, I lost that balance. While the endurance part of my fitness was at a top notch level, it came at the expense of putting less emphasis on heavy lifting, sprinting, and agiliy work. As a result,my strength,fast switch speed and agility suffered. I started having injuries pop up….I lost my balance. With full and half ironman training, balance becomes very hard; it’s possible, but takes a lot of work and time. I was also single and in my early 20’s during that time. As I type this, I’m a little over a year away from being 30, I have a wife, teenage daughter, 2 dogs, a house, and a job that requires a lot of continual self education to remain effective!
Taking all of that into consideration, I’ve decided to change my endurance racing focus back to the 1/2 marathon distance! However,I’ll still do short distance(sprint and olympic) triathlons during the summer. I love tri’s, and training for a few during the summer months will be good cross training!
Last week I signed up for a few races!
The 1st will be the Towne Lake Sprint triathlon on September 1st! While I’ve been pretty consistent with training for the last month ago, it’s still been a good 11 months since I’ve raced, so this race will be for pure fun! I won’t wear my garmin or be concerned about my finish time. I’m just going to enjoy racing again!
Since tri’s will now be cross training, I most likely won’t ever worry about finishing times; I’ll have that time and mental energy for 1/2 marathons!
The 2nd will be the Galveston 5150 Sprint triathlon on September 21st! Last year I did the Olympic distance and haven't raced since!
The 3rd will be the Galveston 1/2 marathon on February 1st of next year! This race will have a lot of significance. I was actually signed up for this race back in 2011, with my sights of breaking my 1/2 marathon PR of 1:33. I was in great shape, but had to pull out 2 weeks before the race due to a cardiac scare(I had a few bouts of chest pain associated w/ running). While living in Arkansas, I unsuccessfully tried twice to break that PR…..BUT IT WILL FALL ON FEBRUARY 1ST!! This race will significant for another reason as well. There is another race in Houston area a week later that I could have chosen, but I picked this one because 2 of the charities that it benefits are local pet advocate groups! This race will be in the memory of my furry son Dallas and his brother Jack(we adopted them from an animal shelter)!
"The good Lord gave you a body that can stand most anything. It's your mind you have to convince"-Vince Lombardi
"In the world of endurance sports, exercise isn't just an activity, but a lifestyle."