October 9th 2018


I allowed myself to sleep in this morning, and decided that my morning workout would consist of 4 eggo chocolate chip waffles.  Why?  Because Eggos are awesome.  Plain and simple.   By the time I was ready to call it a day at work, I was itching to hit the gym and work off the whackadoo.  So I boogied over to the gym and beat the living crap out of myself again.

  • 1200 yard swim.  I really need to begin swimming in a wetsuit – swimming in cold water is NOT turning me into Mr. Happy Go Lucky…..One guy asked me “Excuse me – is the water warm?”  I replied “Oh absolutely – I’m sweatin’ like a pig over here.”  Then he hops in and yelps aloud “YOU LIED!”  …and my response: “…Yup.  Time for others to share my dread.”  Do I feel guilt?  NOPE.    ….ok, moving on…..
  • 22 mile bike.  Here I tried to simulate the crankiness I’m going to feel as I hop out of the water and transition to the bike during Ironman.  Sure enough, the Tool Factor was cranked up to an 8.5 by the time I clipped in.  Then the music comes on……do they play AC/DC?  Nope.  RUSH?  Nah.  Zed Zep?  NO WAY.  Metallica?  Ha.  What was the first song to blare over the speakers?  “…..Ooooops I did it again…..”  I’ll admit it: I dry-heaved a bit.  The tunes only got worse from there.  There is no good reason to EVER be subjected to Brittney Spears and THEN the Jonas Brothers.
  • 2.75 mile run.  After the spin class, I changed my shirt and hopped on to the dreadmill.  Warmed up with a mile, then timed myself for 1200 meters, and then cooled down with a mile.
  • I finished up the evening with some strength and core work and some stretching.  By the way – if you want to laugh, watch me attempt to touch my toes. I gave up and simply waved at them.  Not even close.

By the time I got home….I was too tired to even eat anything.  All I wanted to do was sleep.

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October stats:

Swim:   2400 yards

Biking:   107.5 miles.

Running:  17.15 miles.

Strength Training:  2 hours

Core Work:  1 hour

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October 8th 2018


Today I focused on several disciplines: some strength training, a relaxing swim, and some core work right before I crashed for the night.  I over-did it.  Definitely fried myself.  No way I’m getting up at am to do this all over again.  I’m going to sleep in an give myself roughly 24 hours to recover.

Ugh.  I need to get my calendar organized.  I’m a mess.

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October stats:

Swim:   1200 yards

Biking:   85.5 miles.

Running:  14.4 miles.

Strength Training:  1.5 hours

Core Work:  30 minutes

 

 

 

October 7th 2018


I woke up feeling 1000% better this morning, so I hopped in the Jeep and headed to Newport Beach.  For weeks I’ve been itching to check out the bike path that several people told me about that encircles the inner bay of the town.  I parked the car near the entrance to the trail, started my GPS and just began running.  It’s a quiet, safe, relaxing path that’s wide enough to share with bike groups without feeling like you’re going to get run over by some Tour de France wanna be wearing a spandex cycling shirt emblazoned with the name of a corporate sponsor that, in actuality, has nothing to do with him or his inability to ride, text and read crap on his phone all at once.  I simply turned up the music in my earbuds and put one foot in front of the other.  When it was all said and done – I had 7 miles in the bank.

I went home and spent the evening watching highlights of the NFL and baseball playoffs, while cooking a decent dinner and cracking open a bottle of vino.  Sometimes you just have to celebrate the small wins.

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October stats:

Swim:   Nada.  Nothing.  Zippo so far.

Biking:   64.1 miles.

Running:  14.4 miles.

Strength Training:  1.5 hours

October 6th 2018


After two days of patiently waiting for the side effects of a pulled abdominal muscle, I got a little antsy.  I still felt a tad under the weather, but I needed to just stretch my legs a little.  I was able to log 2 relaxed miles in the evening, before crashing for the night.  I should be better tomorrow.  Patience is NOT my virtue.

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October stats:

Swim:   Nada.  Nothing.  Zippo so far.

Biking:   64.1 miles.

Running:  7.4 miles.

Strength Training:  1 hour

October 4th and 5th 2018


Thursday and Friday were awful days.  Long hours in the office, constant nausea and a higher-than-normal stress levels contributed to me cancelling my workouts and allowing myself to heal.

When I push myself hard  for a number of days in a row (and that number tends to be unpredictable and never ceases to surprise me), it never fails: I always pull an abdominal muscle.  I know when it happens, because I begin feeling sick to my stomach and my hunger level drops through the cellar.  This is a good thing – less calories equals the loss of a pound or two on days when I’m not sweating through a technical shirt or two.  It also equates to a lack of sleep and a severe headache from the lack of calorie intake.  Fortunately for me, this only lasts about 48 hours, and then I’m good to go.  So I rested, popped some Advil for the migraine and waited this one out.

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October stats:

Swim:   Nada.  Nothing.  Zippo so far.

Biking:   64.1 miles.

Running:  5.4 miles.

Strength Training:  1 hour

 

October 3rd, 2018


Thoughts of the Day:

Slept awesome – I think that’s the key to everything.  I was so fried last night that I couldn’t help but crash and burn early.  I think I got 8 hours of sleep in – and I have NO IDEA when was the last time I could say that.  The morning workout was awesome: I did some strength training, then completed a 15 minute time trial (just to figure out the size of the piano that I currently walk around strapped to by back), and I finished it off with a 55 minute bike.  My focus has been on burning calories and jacking up my metabolism early in the morning, hoping that it will help burn more calories throughout the day.

So then what did I do?  I ate crappy food for breakfast.  I caved.  Again.  DAMMIT.  And here’s the thing: it didn’t even taste good AT ALL.  And why did I cave?  Because once again I failed to prep my food for the day last night before I crashed.  DUMB DUMB DUMB.

I worked through lunch today, and had good ol’ angel hair pasta for dinner.  Why?  Because I made a TON of it.  And WHY did I make a ton of it?  Because I don’t measure anything.  “Oh look – a box of pasta.  Cook the whole thing – why not?”  That’s how my mind works.  Took the evening to rest – and prepare my food for manana.

Yanks are playing the A’s in the Wild Card Game this evening – so LETS GO YANKS!!!!!!

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October stats:

Swim:   Nada.  Nothing.  Zippo so far.

Biking:   64.1 miles.

Running:  5.4 miles.

Strength Training:  1 hour

October 2nd 2018


Thoughts of the Day:

Thoughts of the Day:

Completely lazy this morning. Couldn’t get myself together in time to hit the gym and get to work. At least I ate a healthy breakfast at home, and loaded up on coffee. I left for work this morning in a foul disposition – better preparation last night would have helped me stick to my schedule this morning. It’s like I’m swinging the bat with a blindfold on.

The good thing was lunch – I stuck to the plan and had 3 hard boiled eggs. The protein took the edge off the hunger, and it made me feel a little better about the day. Hey – I actually fouled a pitch off.

I hit the gym HARD this evening. Started with a half hour of strength training, and then transitioned to a 2 mile recovery run. Finished the day off with a 19.7 mile bike. By the time I got home, I was starving….so thank Zeus for angel hair pasta. By the time I crashed for the night I was fried, bu also thrilled at the feeling of resisting eating crappy fast food for dinner. It’s like I refrained from swinging at a few pitches in the dirt and worked out a walk. I’ve got a man on base – now I need to get him into scoring position.

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October stats:

Swim:   Nada.  Nothing.  Zippo so far.

Biking:   43.1 miles.

Running:  4 miles.

Strength Training:  30 minutes