February 2, 2017 (Day 1,003): Another active day…

….sort of.  It was an active latter part of the day.  The early part of the day into late afternoon was dedicated to work, of course.  Also rolled out a new firewall at home, so I got to enjoy some geeking time.  
Killed two birds with one stone this afternoon.  I had dropped my car off at Discount Tire to replace a tire and it was ready to pickup.  Since they’re only a couple of miles away and I needed to get a 30 minute run completed, I took the long way up there to get the car.  I used to run to get where I was going, I never knew it would take me anywhere (okay, I stole that from Forrest Gump). 
After I got home, i knocked out my 8 minute abs workout and a 45 minute ride on the trainer.  
Let’s see, when it is a bike / run workout its called a Brick.  If it is run then bike, is it called a Kcirb (Curb)?  Anyhow, I digress.  Either way, I got it done.  Check and check.
Tomorrow is a swim-only day, but will likely throw in some walking time to keep the metabolism cranking.  
That’s all I’ve got to say about that (yes, I like Forrest Gump).
#STTYJ #KMF

February 1, 2017 (Day 1,002): New month, revised approach…

I recently flipped into quadruple digits for my fitness journey.  I can hardly believe it has been 1,002 days since I decided I had to get healthier and took action.  Seems a lifetime ago and, still, like it was only yesterday.  
There have been many bumps along the way.  Injuries. Infections. Poor dietary habits.  Poor commitment to getting it done.  The first 2 I have some control over.  I can be more careful not to over stress parts of my body, such as my achilles.  I can make sure to stretch better / more.  For the infections, well I suppose I could not get a scratch on the inside of my nose or a staph infection in my leg, but those things happen.  But, I have total control over what I eat and how I approach my fitness regimen.  
In January, I took a significant step back towards the path that brought me so much success nearly 3 years ago.  Looking back at the end of 2016, it is apparent that I had a significant drop-off in my fitness activities.  I was averaging right at 34 workouts per month from January through September.  I then dropped to 25 in October, including training for and running in the Outback in the Ozarks.  November dropped to 12 and December was only slightly better at 15.  I worked out less than half the days both of those months (monthly totals below).  
January = 32
February = 42
March = 32
April = 39
May = 30
June = 36
July = 31
August = 32
September = 29 
October = 25
November = 12
December = 15
At the start of the year, I decided to get back into action and I got back up to 27 workouts for January.  A good deal of that has been since January 16, when I started a new triathlon training ramp-up.  
Today is the start of February and I am stepping up my efforts even more.  Not every day will be like today, but it is certainly a great start to the month.  Already under my belt today:
All in, I have an active calorie burn total of 1,780 for the day.
I am going to be using Garmin Connect in some new ways.  I am going to use their Goals feature and challenge myself to achieve weekly, monthly and annual goals for swim, bike and run (with the latter two getting the most focus).  
Using January to benchmark the foundation for the upcoming goals, I had the following total distances:
Swim = 2 miles (did not have many pool workouts in Jan)
Bike = 107 miles
Run = 69 miles
Goals for February
Swim = 7 miles (1 mile done today)
Bike = 150 miles (15.5 miles done today)
Run = 80 miles
I have to challenge myself and use my blog as my accountability partner.  I welcome any and all comments, encouragement or “kicks in the pants”.  Bring IT!!!  #doingallthethingsalot #sttyj #kmfendure

January 23, 2017 (Day 993): Good weekend of training…

Cranked out a 60 minute run on Saturday and a 60 minute bike on Sunday.  Both called for a bit of effort and I was surprised how well they came off.  I just jumped back into serious training this past Monday after taking it rather easy over the off-season.  
I have added some weight and I am working to get back down to where I was.  Working out 7 days a week again is certainly going to help with that goal.  Looking to add a 10K race somewhere to my spring schedule in addition to the Caveman Tri on April 9.  Having targeted races gives me more motivation than just swim / bike / run for the purpose of swim / bike / run.  Also looking at adding some core and strength conditioning, but nothing too crazy (or costly).  Certainly need to tighten up the core and a little added muscle mass makes the metabolism work a little better, overall.  
That’s all for today.  STTYJ / KMF

January 21, 2017: Surprising Saturday Run…

Got my endurance run completed. Called for 60 minutes at a sub-9:00 pace. Wasn’t sure if I could pull it off but I did. Got out and back at 8:49 with only one 10 second stop to attend to shoe laces. 
First full week of Tri training nearly in the bag. One hour saddle time tomorrow. 

January 20, 2017: This weather is fickle

One day it is cold and rainy and I am out running in thermals with my rain gear on.  The very next day, it is sunny and 71 degrees outside.  This is not atypical of Texas weather, but it sure it wreaking havoc on my allergies.  Mountain Cedar is very high right now, and that is kicking my butt.  

Taking today as a recovery day following a couple of vigorous activity days and preceeding a weekend of endurance training.  I have a long run tomorrow and a long bike on Sunday.  Whether or not the bike is indoor or outdoor will be determined by the pollen levels and how my body responds after tomorrow’s run.  

Glad to be back to regular training, but really ready for this fickle weather to pick a direction and stick with it.  

Hang tough out there.  Stay true to your journey and always moving forward.

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January 19, 2017: Training for 2017 season is underway…

It has been quite a long time since I have used MFP as the origin for my blog posts, but giving it a try again.  It does not lend well to adding photos to posts, but I rarely use those anyway.  So, here goes…
Monday of this week marked day 1 of training for my first event of the season. It’s just under 12 weeks until the Caveman Tri in Flower Mound (April 9). Yesterday marked my first time in the pool since October 3 (3 1/2 months – wow!!).  Yesterday, I knocked out my first brick workout in at least a month. Today, another session in the pool and a somewhat lengthy interval run.
I am getting back into the groove after a pretty easy-going offseason.  Only a couple of Triathlons lined up for the 2017 season and will probably add some running events along the way.  Also looking into my first bike-run duathlon.
Going to be a fun season.

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