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 ;)
It feels like I wrote 2013 summary just a moment ago. This year went way too fast!
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.
Since some people were asking about my progress, here are few photos showing my progress. I've started proper training with fitness goals in the beginning of this year, but let me just briefly step back to the end of 2011, when all those changes actually started. Current photos are at the end of this post.
Fuck. This is not how I planned this Sunday. We finally had few nice sunny days here in London and I just couldn't agree to make use of this nice weather. I started my day with a walk with Mac, ate high carb breakfast and went swimming. Later I ate tasty tuna steak and went for long cycle. My day ended with my hand in cast, broken nose and trashed bike. But step by step...
Time flies quite fast, it’s been already three months since I've started my Triathlon preparation. Over this three months I've probably swum and run more than in my entire life, I've experimented with few different meal plans, lost weight, gained muscles, spent countless hours at local Virgin Active gym, got few punctures and bought things I'd never thought I will own. And the best thing is that this journey has just begun!
I was to write the “week summary” post, but then I realised that it’s already Tuesday and I don’t remember everything from last week anymore. Instead, just quick catch up with my progress and few words about me getting too addicted sometimes.
My plan of turning into fish is working well :D. But seriously, I’ve been swimming more than usually last week, I’ve found new pool and got new ways to cook healthy. But once again Sunday turned out to be too short, so the summary post is delayed.
You know if you’re busy when you have no time to write week summary on Sunday :D. Last week went damn fast and I don’t even know how it happened. I’ve learned few things about recovery after my first ever run and I’ve been trying to put few advices from Triathlon Show into practice.
This was a great week and even better weekend. I've completed my first even run at Triathlon Show 2013 with not that embarrassing time of 47 minutes and 36 seconds. On top of that I've bought few things with quite nice prices (but when you add few cheap things, your account still cries!). If that’s not enough, I've beaten the 10000 calories from last week. Crazy, fun, fatigue and some more crazy.
It has been the most intense training week so far, but I've managed to done almost every planned workout. To be honest, when I started I didn't realize, that meeting your training goals can be so damn satisfying. Below are weekly stats, progress and meal plans. Happy Sunday!
So far so good, diet is working, I feel only small fatigue and I keep up with my planned sessions. I really like to have a training plan, because I can forget about everything and just go on autopilot. Yesterday I had nice interval swimming session and this morning I run first time since my 5 km test.
The lazy time is finally over. Jokes aside, I wanted to have a calm week before the storm. I've been still going to the gym almost everyday, but haven’t done much swimming or running and on top of that I only got my bike back on Wednesday. But I finally know what I’m standing on in terms of Virgin Active London Triathlon and I've set up next four weeks of training.
I've finished my 4 weeks long running program, not missing a single workout (hell yeah!). It seemed difficult at start, but I don’t even know when these last 4 week have passed. On the other hand, I broke my bike on Thursday and I still don’t have it. I hate public transportation, busy trains and waste of time just sitting and waiting for my station. But hopefully today I will be able to resume my home - work - home cycling.
Those first months of any activity, when you feel stronger and stronger almost on hourly basis are most rewarding thing for beginners. What’s hard is to notice real progress week to week after that initial burst. You just go with your program, adding that small distance or extra weight, but it’s usually difficult to spot the difference. But today I’m truly powerful!