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

 

 

 

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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

October 1st, 2018


Thoughts of the Day:

While I was up early enough to get my full Monday morning workout in, I was tired by the end of it because I slept like crap. I don’t sleep well still – and I’ve had 47 years of practice. God I’m a slow learner. That’s strike 1 for today.

The workout this morning was awesome. 23 miles on the bike and a 2 mile run averaging sub 10 per mile. Felt awesome by the time I was finished. So what did I do?
I was waaaaay too hungry after the morning workout and I caved. I ate a crappy breakfast. Strike 2. And that was a fastball down the middle that I just get zip by me.

I struck out by lunch. Seriously? Panda Express? Want to talk about flailing away at a curveball in the dirt. What the hell was I thinking. Good thing I get another at-bat tomorrow.

Cooked dinner at home. Limited how much I took in for dinner – basically wound up making a week’s worth of angel hair pasta. I need to make a concerted effort to eat healthier. I know this. It’s no fun. It’s not easy. That’s why I don’t do it. Damn I’m lazy. Side retired. 3 up, and 3 down.

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October stats:

Swim:   Nada.  Nothing.  Zippo so far.

Biking:   23.4 miles.

Running:  2 miles.

Strength Training:  Nothing yet.