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