281.2 – Day 1
As part of my last monthly blog post I mentioned that I am shooting for a personal best training goal of 4.8 miles of swimming, 224 miles of cycling, and 52.4 miles of running. Today marked day 1 of this training march. I thought to myself I really should blog about this to both help me get through it mentally and to collect some best practices of what to and what not to do when attempting big fitness goals. To be fair, Olympians and world-class triathletes train even harder and further. Though I am not training for a medal, I think it worth it to try to capture what one can do to chase maximum fitness and an active social life along with working. The Xterra National Trail Running Championship is my reason for training this hard. I just feel that if I am going to make the trip all the way to Utah to compete, then I should do my best to actually be competitive at the race. These posts, except for probably the first and last ones, will be quick and dirty, but I hope you find them interesting and useful.
For today’s training I did a double session. I focused on a Crossfit style strength training circuit. The workout consisted of the sets below:
- Upgright Row 4 sets of 10
- V Sit-ups 10 sets of 15
- Pushups 10 sets of 4
- 1 minute Plank
- Military Press 10 sets of 2
- Kettlebell Swings 10 sets of 8
- Squats 10 sets of 6
A heavy arms/shoulders routine, but I switch up muscle groups from day-to-day. Check out my friend’s blog entry for an alternative upper body workout. In the afternoon, I took on a spin class at the Buckhead LA Fitness. The instructor was dreadful and room empty. There are very few good spin instructors out there which makes me think I really should shoot to get licensed to become one. I figure if they pay this guy to bore me to death then I can do at least half as well. Anyway, I came a little early to the class to get some extra seat time and did a total of 26.87 miles which puts me at 12% of my cycling total of 224 miles. Tomorrow’s strength training focus will be on legs and abs.
I think the first day went really well. No real pain or discomfort, though I know my appetite spiked a lot. My main focus was on really thinking out what I need to do to hit my goal this month and have some fun doing it. One of the main things I am trying to do is really stay on top of my recovery. I’m trying something a little different by adding Icy/Hot balm to the routine. I am using BioFreeze right after most morning workouts and the Icy/Hot in the evenings combined with compression socks and Ibuprofen on really heavy training days. I am also making the effort to drink 3 or more bottles of water and adding L-Glutamine to as many of those bottles as possible.
For those who don’t know, L-Glutamine is an amino acid powder that helps speed up the muscle rebuilding process. Oh, and yes it is legal. I am sure I will need plenty of it tomorrow night as tomorrow’s day is a double cardio day. Running in the morning with swimming in the evening and strength training on top of all that. I hope I have the energy to write-up that post at the end of the day. I leave you with a picture of what all the nutrition I need to consume to get through my training tomorrow along with my regular meals. The fuel consists of 2 gel shots, 4 blocks of FRS, 1 stinger waffle, L-Glutamine, Endurolytes, and a PowerBar.