March has come and gone in spectacular fashion. It has been a busy month for Team Unicorn Sparkle Adventure and one I am personally quite proud of.
Setting and achieving goals are not always ease. Career, Personal, Health, it doesn't matter, the path to goal realization is rarely linear and often setbacks occur much more frequently than we would like.
As I write this post, I am filled with a sense of accomplishment for my efforts put forth in March. I have had an extremely successful training month and thankfully the pursuit of my goals has been linear (knock on wood please). It's been a great month and I feel well prepared and motivated to keep grinding forward.
My March Madness
First off, March represents the launching of this blog. After significant planning and many back and forth conversations between Trevor and I, we finally pulled our shit together and got it done. There is a fair bit of nerves when launching something that we have told ourselves will be honest and open in our content and our sharing. It was a lot of work and I'm happy it is up and running. I'm even more surprised at all the positive feedback and traffic that we are getting. It is humbling and I would like to thank everyone who has read, commented, provided input, shared our blogs, and liked our Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram feeds. I, we, appreciate your support in ways we'll never be able to fully demonstrate to you. So THANK-YOU!!!!
I'm personally very excited and proud of my training advances that I have made in March. Here are a few of those achievements:
Personal Bests Achieved:
- 10km - 45:48
- Total KMs on bike - 641.37 km (my ass certainly feels that number)
- Total KMs running - 115.26 km
- Total Swim/Bike/Run time: 2030.77 mins (33.84 hrs)
- FTP - 310 watts/hr
- FTP - 3.79 watts/kg
I'm confident that these achievements are a testament to my focused training and nutrition program this year, versus the more haphazard approach I took the first time around.
I've also made some more qualitative improvements that I'm very happy with as well:
- Nutrition - this has been a huge focus for me this year. Since visiting a sports dietitian I've seen great improvements in March. I've been consistently following my meal plan and more importantly have cut down on "unnecessary, empty" calories - read Booze. I've seen beneficial outcomes in my energy levels, ability to sustain longer training sessions and recovery. Not too mention my waistline and some abs that I thought had long since disappeared.
- Run Form - since having my Gait Analyzed and heading back to physio, I've made some serious improvements to my running form, specifically with regards to my foot strike. My body has noticed and so have I. Work needs to be done, but progress has been made.
While I'm very pleased with all those numbers and successes, in the spirit of full-disclosure, there have been some areas that I've not been so hot at. These include:
- Sticking to my schedule - my flexibility has been a little too flexible of late and I've been a little quick to skip workouts and/or cut them short. Specifically, with regards to swimming.
- Swimming - I really dislike spending time in the pool. It is boring, busy and frustrating. I need to do better. I will do better.
- Stretching - while I have significantly increased the time spent stretching, I need to pay more attention to this. I often skip it and go to bed, or don't do it in the mornings when I plan. Bad Brandon. Bad, Bad Brandon!
- Strength Training - with all the other training happening, I've been horrendous at fitting in strength training, sometimes neglecting it for weeks on end. This needs to stop.
It has been a good month in March. I'm proud of what I have accomplished and am feeling great about the upcoming IRONMAN season. I have a long way to go, but my base is strong and I feel good. Looking forward to April, my focus areas will be:
- Sticking to my schedule - No more missed workouts! If I move a workout, it will be made up sometime in the week.
- Spending more time in the pool - next month will be a swimming distance PB. (I've already signed up for swimming lessons, so I'm taking steps already on this one)
- Stretching - EVERY NIGHT, EVERY NIGHT, EVERY NIGHT!!!!! I'm also committed to go to yoga at least once!
- Strength Training - at least once a week. No excuses.
Thanks letting me gloat a little. I am proud of these advances, but know the road and grind is long. There is much work to be done. Good thing is, I'll be here to tell you all about the good, the bad, and the ugly. You can count on that!
Thanks for reading.
"Our goals can only be reached through a vehicle of a plan, in which we must fervently believe, and upon which we must vigorously act. There is no other route to success." ~ Pablo Picasso