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Pawel Chalacis

145 days till my first Marathon!

This was a long season. It started in London, went through Lanzarote and finished in Auckland in the middle of summer in January (or as the rest of the world call it - winter ;)). That’s why after finishing my 70.3 race I decided to take it little easier for couple of weeks. I let my nutrition go crazy, gained few kilograms (thankfully mostly due to weight lifting) and lost a lot of endurance.


I was too slow and too tired to have good photos taken :p. Instead - photo of Gomez and Brownlee fighing for 1st place!

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Trying too hard

3 weeks ago I started long weight lifting program. I’m not a weight lifter, nor I ever plan becoming one, but I figured that this would be the best approach right now. I don’t plan any big event anytime soon (except ITU Olympic distance Triathlon and some Ocean Swim), so working on my basics seems reasonable. This year is going to be running one, as I want to finish two marathons and couple of shorter runs. So I’ve increased my volume and injured myself at the end of second week of new program.

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First time you go there to finish. Second time you race yourself. Ironman 70.3 Auckland race report.

I don’t think I’ve ever been more tired than while trying to run last 15 km of last Sunday race. They say ignorance is a bliss, and this time I had no privilege to be a first timer. Well, the plan was simple - don’t mess up swim too much, smash the bike, survive the run and do it all below 5:30. You might say that it’s a low goal, but being a smoking coach potato for many years I found it accurate for a second half Ironman race. Mission accomplished, and I’m now even more hungry for that sport.

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Focus

I don’t think that I’ve ever been so focused in my life. When I ended working for my last company I had the most unproductive period of the last year (and yet it definitely was not the most unproductive period of my life… sad but true). Lack of need of getting up early, not knowing how is next week going to look like and general boredom - not the best combination.

After I moved to Auckland it took me few weeks to settle down and figure out everything. I’ve found quite good gym, near by swimming pool and good places for open water swimming. But most importantly I’ve found new motivation for training. I’ve set up general plan for the whole year again, but that will come to life after my next race. Race, on which I’ve focused all my strength in last few weeks.

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2013 training summary

That was a really good year! I’m not into detail month by month summaries, but I love data and numbers! So I took some time to bring all my training data into one spreadsheet. Thing is that I’m not using Training Peaks (yet!) and half of my data was in Polar Personal Trainer and another half - in Garmin Connect. That’s what Google docs are for.

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Those nutrition tables are there for you, so start reading them!

I’m very cautious when it comes to groceries. I tend to read nutrition labels, product description and ingredients list. I just like to know what I eat. Yet what I’ve noticed is that many people see only front of any given product cover. If it says “organic”, “low fat” or “healthy” - it is good, right? Wrong. Actually - very wrong. So I took some time to show you few examples of what you can find in nutrition tables.

I know that there are many studies saying that the tables are outdated or inaccurate and somehow I can agree with that. Yet if there are two similar products and one has 3 times more added sugar in it - you don’t have to be genius to know it’s bad for you.

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New Year, new site, new list, new training period and few other new things.

I can say that 2013 was the year of changes. It started in London while I was working in big gaming company with even bigger plans ("we will be making 300 million $ per year" they said). I had plans with that company, long term plans. Well, the year ended up on the other part of the world in much smaller (yet still quite big for New Zealand) entertainment company that actually feels more like family sometimes. Life plots crazy scenarios. I started last year with publicly announced Goals and it worked well for me, so let’s make it a tradition.

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Do not use weight as the only measurement of your progress

I think it has been said multiple times in multiple places, but structuring your goals around weight only is truly bad idea. Nevertheless people still do that. "I’m on diet because I want to lose 10 kgs", or "I lost 1 kg this weekend only" - how many times have you heard those? On top of everything most people assume, that weight loss (or gain for that matter) is a linear thing, when in fact is far from it. I got Withings WS-50 weight scale recently and it really got me thinking about that whole weight obsession. But first - check this out.

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Reboot

My lifew has been kind of in hiatus for last few weeks. I've finished last race of the year and took few weeks of from the trainig regime (didn't gain any weight!). I've finished working for my last employer as well, which turned out to be one of the best things that happened to me. Not because last job was bad or something, but it just pushed me to take some risk and accept new role.

I've rebooted my life last week. Quite literally I've turned it upside down! New job, new flat, new city. Hell, even new hemisphere. I've moved to Auckland, New Zealand.

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