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August has come and gone. Honestly, while graphically it looks like a decent month, it really wasn’t that great. Given previous months, I sadly write this overview disappointed in my efforts and output. I fell into the injury trap, got lazy and lost focus. It happens I guess. I’ve competed in a few races, knocked off a few goals for the year, but see a gigantic mountain of work ahead – Seriously, people train all year to compete in a marathon and that is just one piece of what I’m trying to pull off! It goes without saying, I’m starting to wonder what the hell I’m doing.

So I hit a little bit of a rut in August. I’d like to say I’m over it, but I’m not. A story for another post.

For now, August looked like this:

  • I biked a lot because I’m good at it, it is easy and when things get tough for some reason I revert to that which I know best.
  • I ignored running – put in some sad miles, but fell back on the fact that “I’m hurt and shouldn’t push it”.
  • I ignored swimming – well, honestly, swimming is easy to ignore and it is really hard to walk to the pool. Plus it was raining, all the time. That’s as good excuse as any, right?
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August by the numbers:

  • Swimming: 3.05 km 
  • Cycling: 618.80 km 
  • Running: 19.30 km 
  • Total: 645.78 km
  • Training Time: 26.89 hrs
  • Total Calories Burnt: 19,552

September needs to be better. It isn’t going to be easy. I’m travelling 2 of the next 3 weeks. It is going to take some serious dedication and commitment to get back on track. It all starts with the Whistler GranFondo on September 10, a work trip the next week and an international work trip the last week of September. It is doable. I just need to focus.

There is no turning back. Flights are book. Registration fees are paid. Hotels are reserved. I’ve got a huge fan club joining me, which is unexpected and incredible!!!!! This is happening. Cozumel, November 27, 2016.

  • Strength Training - 2-3 times a week. I’ve recently got a second opinion on my knee and have come to the sad realization that my strength, particularly in my glutes is …… well ……. Embarrassing! I’ve started a strength training route to correct this issue and hopefully my running issues.
  • Swimming- I'm feeling more confident in the water, but there is a lot of work that needs to be done. My focus is going to continue to be getting away from breathing every 2 strokes to every 3 strokes. This is a challenge for me and is going to take time but I believe will pay huge dividends. I'm also going to focus on spending longer and longer periods in the pool, as shit just got real, 3.8 km is the new target.
  • Running – well I just need to run. I’ve never ran more than 21km and well I’m going to need to. The good thing about travelling is running is pretty easy to accomplish.
  • Diet- Always a focus for me. I'm going to really focus on getting to my ideal race weight; shed a few pounds and lessen the impact on my body when I run and lighten the load on my bike when I ride. I need to shed 10-15 pounds easy, obviously not in September but by November

Happy Training Everyone!

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