Archive for December, 2009

In a goal setting mood right now.  I’ve been able to reach most of the 2009 goals set a year ago at this time.  Here’s what’s in my master spreadsheet and measurement

2009 Goals:  2,000 total miles: 1,500 running (29 per week).. 100 swimming or 3,200 laps.. 200 bike.  Lincoln Marathon – 4:15; Pikes Peak Double!  4:55 and 7:55.  HyVee Long Course Triathlon – Finish.  Des Moines Marathon 4:10

Actual,  2,004 total miles: 1,500 running (29 per week), 24 swimming or 3,200 laps, 480+ bike. Lincoln Marathon – 4:32; Pikes Peak Double!  4:43 and 9:20.  HyVee Long Course Triathlon – Finish. Des Moines Marathon 4:31. Plus near 1/2 marathon PR @ Grand Island in August (1:44), 1/2 marathon course PR in Omaha (1:46), 5 mile and 5k times – best of this decade.  Still not under 22 minutes on 5k or 37 on 5 mile.  First open water 1k raced (where I got smoked ;-))!  Finally began P90x in October to build and repair core/pillar strength.

Quick analysis.  Was able to reach mileage goals though much more biking than planned and far less swimming.  Finished the Pikes Peak Double and Lincoln / Des Moines Marathons but 20 minutes slower than planned. Enjoyed several other races as well!  The core strength training is paying dividends in body / muscle cut and hopefully downstream in racing as well.  Feel much stronger.

Now for 2010!  The bullet list is below.  My goal is to continue total body conditioning (6 pack abs and guns!), achieve PR’s or near PR’s from the mid 90s,  continue better nutrition, have fun, further triathlon capability and avoid overuse injuries.

  • Total  Miles: 3,000 or 50% increase whoa
    • Running  1,750 to 1,800 running (33 per week or 20% increase).
      • Consistency – 30 to 35 with 12-15 40 mile plus
      • Seek out the SW track group
      • Bring P90x to summer hill workouts!
    • Swimming 52 to 100 (consistency is the word – 1 to 2 miles per week)
      • Flip turns
      • Sub 9 minute 500
      • Sub 35 mile
    • Cycling/ Spinning 1,200 (20+ per week or 1 spin session and 1 to 2 good rides in the summer)
      • Secure a decent road bike
      • Continue spinning
      • Century Ride!
    • P90x – continue core and upper body 2-3 times per week
    • Possible 1 round of “Insanity” to learn techniques for track.
    • Races
      • State Farm 10 mile, sub 80 minutes (March)
      • Lincoln Marathon 4 hours or bust (May)
      • Brookings Marathon, 2 weeks after Lincoln 4 hrs to 4:20
      • HyVee Long Course Triathlon – sub 3 hours or 20 minutes faster (June)
      • Leavenworth 1/2 Iron Man (Sept)
      • Des Moines, sub 3:45 (Oct)
      • Pikes Peak Ascent 4:15 for Wave 1 qualifier
      • GI 1/2  (1:40) and Omaha 1/2 (1:44)
      • CSG’s 5k – sub 22
      • Buffalo Run, 5 mile, sub 38
      • Girls on the Run with Annaliese – for fun
      • Other races with kids for fun!

Weekly stats

  • Running – 25.89  miles
  • Bike/spinning – 63.0  miles
  • Swimming – 0
  • P90x – Week 7 workouts – core synergies
  • Snow Shoveling – 3 hours, 25 minutes, 7 rounds, (yes it’s legit).  Aerobic/Anaerobic equivalent of 20 miles.
Good week for the “core” part of P90x.  There’s four more weeks of the “extreme” part before a few “recovery days” and end of P90x, round 1.  All AbX workouts and the 3 traditional strength workouts are back this week.  I bypassed Plyo/Yoga and KenPo this week due to heavy running/spinning load (89 miles) and alternate KenPo/Plyo workout – Snow ShovelingX.  Yeah, snow shoveling can be great exercises, especially after 13 inches of snow over a 3 day period in the worst blizzard these parts have seen since the mid 1970’s.  Check out this reference from renowned distance runner and coach Dick Beardsley.

Sunday, Day 57 – Chest and Back.  The first workout returns and some improvement from Day 1 and Day 8.  All push ups were done with a push up bar (amazing to think I can now do over 250 push ups across the multiple types).   Pull ups were done on a chilly bar outside.  It was all fun though.  Ab RiperX is something I continue to look forward to and no longer dread.

Monday, Day 58 –  4.2 mile run at pretty good clip with my dog friends (Heidi and Cash) and 8 miles on the Precor bike during the kids’ swim team.  No Plyo today – felt the run/bike was sufficient.  Did work in some sprints on the bike.

Tuesday, Day 59 – Shoulders and Arms, nice return to this Phase 1 routine as well (did this following the book at Y).  Also AbRiper X.  9 miles of running (6 outside w/ dogs and 3 on the “dreadmill” at the YMCA) and 18.5 of spinning.  Great aerobic day.  Busy day of workouts!

Wednesday, Day 60 – Gee maybe I should get a day 60 picture – or how about Day 75?  Yoga day was spent spinning 18.2 miles and slipping through the rain ice of the leading edge of the blizzard for a mile with Heidi and Cash.

Thursday, Day 61 –  Back and Legs, following the book at the Y, 18.3 miles spinning (wow one of the toughest ones yet), Ab RiperX and 2.15 miles running at the onset of the blizzard.  Another good tough 20 mile day.  Plus Round #1 of the Shoveling brigade!  I wish the weather was a bit nicer, would make the workouts easier, but that’s not how it is and there’s a certain twisted joy in overcoming extreme obstacles!

Friday, Day 62 –  KenPoX is replaced by 3 more  rounds of ShovelingX.  All kidding aside, the pillar and core strength helped the shovel only enthusiast in me make it through today.  Plus 1.44 miles of running with the dogs during the peak of the blizzard (insane fun running against 30 – 40 mph winds and 3 foot drifts).

Saturday, Day 63 – 8 mile trail run with friends on the newly cleared MoPac.  Yes I live in a city that clears the bike trails before the residential streets and it’s a good thing!  3 more rounds of shoveling at home and helping others. Arms and obliques are sore but plenty of stretching to help!

Back at the end of Week 10!

Weekly stats

  • Running – 22.1  miles
  • Bike/spinning – 46.5  miles
  • Swimming 3,600 yards  (2 miles)
  • P90x – Week 7 workouts – core synergies

I’ve been juggling the dual goal of P90x faithfulness and achieving 2k of total miles in running/biking/swimming.   This week seemed a perfect way to help nudge those miles up – right at 1.85k so have some activity these last 10 days of 2009.   With one core synergy workout and 4 swimming sessions, I felt my core would receive equivalent benefit of the recovery weeks routine.

Sunday, Day 50 – Core Synergies & 4.2 mile run – Good mix up of a snow crunched run in the morning and synergies in the afternoon.  Ice is in the forecast for Monday or Tuesday, ugh!

Monday, Day 51 – The ice man commeth – early Monday morning.  Ventured out for just short of 3 miles with Yak Trax and dogs.  Sidewalks to slick for even the yak trax – ran on neighborhood streets.

Tuesday, Day 52 – Combo day of 13 on recumbent bike at new Fallbrook Y and 1,100 yard swim.  1st 500 of the swim in 11 minute range.

Wednesday, Day 53 – Rest Day – those happen every once in awhile

Thursday, Day 54,  Tri-combo day – short run 1.1 to get kids from school (footing a little better),  7 mile bike followed by 750 yd swim.

Friday, Day 55, Tri – Day 2 (20 miles), killer spinning workout at Cooper Y (15 miles), 4.2 with dogs and 1,100 swim a night during Dolphin swim team.  Almost 20!

Saturday, Day 56, Tri Day 3 (22 miles), 10 mile rile in the heavy North Face shoes, great on ice/snow but felt like bricks on good trails, upper 11 minute pace at best; 11 mile on upright Precor at Y and then 500 yards of a slow swim.

Back at the end of Week 9!

Weekly stats

  • Running – 10.5  miles
  • Bike/spinning – 23.5  miles
  • Swimming 0 yards
  • P90x – Week 7 workouts – all workouts w/ some portion of Yoga X missed and back only on legs back.

Highlight for me this week was somehow moving through a good old Nebraska blizzard, three no school days and all sorts of schedule adjustments.   You can still run, mountain bike and workout in the winter weather.  Here’s a great article from Runner’s World on preparing for it.

http://www.runnersworld.com/article/0,7120,s6-238-267-269-12331-0,00.html

Sunday, Day 43 – Chest, Shoulder’s and Triceps – No run in the morning (long run on Saturday) – wasn’t feeling the most motivated but did the workout with my oldest daughter Rachael, which brought the motivation and then some!  Weight in the 14 to 25 range and much stronger on push ups (w/ bars).  Great wrap with Ab Riper X!

Monday, Day 44 – Plyometrics.  Another good plyo workout – hint of winter weather so got 3 miles running in before the start of it.

Tuesday, Day 45 – Back and Legs.  3 miles running during the heavy snow with my dog friends.  Back and Biceps were done @ the Y on Thursday…. Improvised my own back workout – 70 minutes of shoveling with good back rotation.  Incorporated some good stances, leap frog squats and full body movement.  Kept a heart rate of 125-140 during the shoveling – so think I accomplished about as much.  No School today.

Wednesday and Day 46, Yoga. Got all the moving postures and some balanced postures.  Good way to recover from Day 2 of Shoveling.   A nice 3 mile run in 10 inches of snow to begin.  Day 2 of No School!

Thursday, Day 47, Back and Biceps –25 minutes of precor bike and then back and biceps at the Y.  Oh, Day 3 of No School – ARGGGGGH 😉

Friday, Day 48, A light run with my dog friends, Spinning Class (13 miles on bike) and  KenpoX / Ab Riper X.  Kenpo and Ab Riper were done at night.  Amazing how despite fatigue, my energy picks up once I’m into it!

Saturday, Day 49. Rest Day.  5 miles on recumbent bike at the Blair Y during swim meet.  Joshua and Annaliese hit PR’s or right at PR’s.  Very close to regional qualifying times  – really hope and pray they’re able to nail those this year!

Back at the end of Week 8!

Weekly stats

  • Running – 32.5  miles
  • Bike/spinning – 0 miles
  • Swimming 750 yards
  • P90x – Week 6 workouts – missed Yoga and Leg/Back (for shame!)

Highlight for me this week was nailing all Ab Riper X workouts!  This was the workout I struggled most with at the beginning (though I still tremble at the word – fifer scissor!)

Sunday, Day 36 – Chest, Shoulder’s and Triceps – improvement on each set in terms of #’s.  Getting ready to inch the weight up to 14lb’s and 25lbs.  There are just some exercises that floor you – slow motion push ups!  Good run to start and Ab RiperX to finish!

Monday, Day 37 – Plyometrics.  Really getting the hang of this and continues to be one of my favorite.  My “ah-ha” and best result is the increased range of motion on the swing kicks.

Tuesday, Day 38 – Back and Biceps.  The ‘legit’ DVD’s in hand I was happy to know I interpreted most of the routines well the week before (except for the locomotive and hammer curls, whoops).  Definitely left my arms trembling all day.  Some improvement on the pull up/ chin up routine.  Am looking forward to the Day 90 test to see how many more than my baseline I can do (which was  a very merger 3 at the start for pull ups).  Kept pace on all Ab RiperX without rest.

Wednesday and Day 39, Yoga. Missed it – yikes!  Had a good day of running and opted to stretch – got caught short on time.

Thursday, Day 40, Back and Legs – Missed it as well – hit the running trails hard in a blistering 20 degree weather.

Friday, Day 41, A light run with my dog friends,  KenpoX, and 750 yard swim were a perfect Friday before the long run routine.  Really enjoying KenpoX.  I think the punch position of the fist might be off (thumb should be brought around around the bottom of fingers instead of behind, but hey, it works).  Ab RiperX to cap it off for the 3 rotation week!  Swimming right after Ab RiperX really helps a guy feel those abs – yikes!

Saturday, Day 42. Rest Day.  Well not really – a very efficient 12.5 mile early morning run, about 17 degrees.  Can feel the benefit of improved core and pillar!  Longest run since Des Moines’ Marathon on October 18th.  Watch my Huskers win a game against Texas until questionable “additional second” was added – but great defensive game by both teams.  Thinking there may be some offensive coordinator possibilities at each school.  Ndamkung Suh threw Colt McCoy around like a rag doll – wonder if he’s into P90x!

Back at the end of Week 7!