This post was in my backlog for a long time, but there was always something more important to do. Meanwhile I’ve moved around the world and raised my fitness to the point it has never been before, my blood results were never better and my VO2Max sits around 60 (which is great considering almost 10 years of smoking). But, couple of years ago I got scared a little and had my heart tested.
I was not lucky with getting this upgrade. The very next day after I ordered it, Clever Training reduced the Fenix 2 price by $100. It was stopped for customs clearance and I needed to pay duty on it (first time!) and had to chase post office to give me informations about the state of delivery multiple times. Few days before North Shore Marathon it arrived. And it was worth waiting for!
Last Sunday, after months of preparation I’ve finished my first marathon distance race. My plan was to get to the finish line in 3:45. It took 14 minutes longer though, but I’m still really happy to do it below 4 hours. Here is what I’ve learned.
I’ve never felt more fit in my life. Yes, there is still some weight to be dropped and I definitely want to go faster, but last couple of heavy weeks start to pay off. After the whole house move thingy I’m back on the track, hitting 10 hours per week mark with no problems. My performance chart never looked better ;)
Over the last couple of months I’ve been focusing on getting into habit of increased training duration and distance. I’ve build program that is going to carry me through marathons and Taupo Challenge in few months. I wouldn’t be me if I did not collect data from that period. Below you can find few charts documenting progress together with some info about Training Peaks software.
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.
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.
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.
I’ve covered my general goals for 2015 already, so here is time for triathlon specific info. And yes, one of the goals is to beat the time above ;)
If you have seen this blog before then you are probably familiar with my list. While it is still a big source of motivation / progress check for me, here are a few things that I’d like to accomplish this year.
It feels like I wrote 2013 summary just a moment ago. This year went way too fast!
Simple, delicious and healthy Blueberry smoothie. And also easy to prepare.
Time flies. It seemed like really long time till the North Shore marathon when I signed up. Now there are only 11 weeks left. My training goes well and I’m fitter than ever. I’ll be ready. I believe that I have enough endurance now to complete marathon and most of my focus is on strength and speed. It doesn’t come easy though.
2014 is my second year of regular running. Recently I checked some summary data (me being geek and stats freak) and it turned out I ran about 1000 km so far. Not too much, but from zero to that in a year - I’m happy with that. Now, when I have set goals for this year, there is time to focus on running much more. So - how to get most of my training plan? By having smart goals and proper training PLAN :).
After finishing 70.3 Auckland (and sucking at it!) I knew that it’s time to step up and tackle that 3 headed beast they call Ironman. In the begining I was thinking of doing one in the end of 2014, but in the end I decided to wait till March 2015 and go with Ironman New Zealand. This is how I’m going to prepare for it.