After 3 days have passed I have a good feeling about this challenge. My goals are consistent with my longer term plans to focus on endurance events in 2010-11. That said, I have jumped back into a simple, but effective powerlifting routine, Jim Wendler’s 5/3/1, and after just 4 days feel better. I enjoy lifting weights, and heavier is better, as least for me. Now that I’m scaling back my running, it’s time to restore some strength, reduce fat and prepare for next year’s running and triathlon season.
We’ve enjoyed some good questions in just three days of posting. Today’s question was something on the order of “What have you accomplished that you thought was impossible?” In my post I replied by stating I have flown airplanes that I never dreamed I could and I have run a half marathon or three. Some of the other posters mentioned their education accomplishments, post grad work, all stuff to make one proud. Funny, I didn’t think to list my return to complete my undergraduate degree at 53. I mention this because I’m struck by the fleeting nature of goals. What seems so important at one stage in life, becomes strikingly less important when either accomplished or passed over for newer pursuits.
Post script to our host’s reply, he mentioned flying a P-51 as a dream goal, I managed to get a ride in one last June. I can only imagine how frightened yet thrilled young pilots might have felt some 56 years ago as they pushed the throttle forward for takeoff.
Now for less ethereal notes. To reach my goals, I must concentrate on eating for fuel, not just because I love to eat. It’s not that I haven’t been eating clean, but the extras have to go if I want to see less bodyfat. It’s tough to train hard for endurance events and lose weight, without any A races upcoming, it’s a good time to make some dietary changes.
As for workouts, I’ll run to train, bike for rehab, swim for technique and lift weights for strength and to support the fat loss program. Sounds like a plan!