The Official Start

As soon as I have written that title I find myself wondering just how many blogs of this ilk have started this week. And now after typing that sentence I realise I don’t care. This is for me and wouldn’t matter if it started in January or June, I’d be doing it all the same (except maybe less cold if in June).

I set the title as the official start as this whole thing is something I have toyed with but never fully committed to for a couple of years now. I am not new to exercise, I have done Crossfit on and off for a few years now but realised late last year I needed specific goals to really keep motivated. I’ve been tempted by a Duathlon for a while now but never paid the fees to get one lined up. Also, to shift some timber during this would be great. Currently at 83kg after the holiday season, would like to be nearer 70 but not the focus. If I do well in my goals, weight is almost irrelevant.

Now you wonder, why not a Triathlon, even if just a Super Sprint. Well, the biggest challenge of this journey is going to be the Swim. Not being able to swim more than 10 metres at present and not able to breathe whilst doing so is going to be the biggest challenge to me. I’ve had a fear of deep water (read, where feet can’t touch the bottom) since I was a child. I took a swimming lesson last year, realised I can kind of swim but didn’t go beyond that. Now I am starting them again, with my first lesson of this journey booked in for the 14th January. What a lovely birthday that will be.

Now for less background, more plans and first updates

Current plans for 2016 are:

Super Sprint Duathlon – Eton Dorney – April

Sprint Duathlon – TBD – June

Super Sprint Triathlon – TBD – August/September

These timeframes are not crazy in my mind, I could probably do a Super Sprint Duathlon in a couple of weeks, but I know I would suffer a lot and at this early stage would demotivate more than anything else. I would want to be able to feel that each event I do is an achievement and be proud of my performance in each.

Exercise for 04/01/16

Lunch session – gym – Weight training, heavy deadlifts and upper back exercises.

PM session – gym – Constant speed run. 11.2 km/h for 2.5k. 500m walking. 1.5km @ 12km/h, 300m @ 9.6km/h. finished with 200m@ 12.5km/h.

Walked for 5 minutes. Then did 1 minute @15.3km/h, walked for 1 minute, ran for 1 minute @10.5, 30 secs @ 15.5km/h, 30 secs at 16.5km/h. Cool Down

In the main run I wanted to do the final 2k all at 12, but felt awful, so slowed for a bit before finishing it off. I’m not too disappointed as still got some flu left over on my chest, so breathing isn’t 100%.

Anyway, long enough thread for first post. Thanks for reading