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The time over distance, speed/strength over LSD (long slow distance) and intensity of effort over “logging miles” has sunk in deeply now.  In looking at January I could feel a few different ways:

  • Down because my running miles were low (67) and almost 1/2 of a year ago.
  • Excited because I had over 300 aerobic miles and several anaerobic sessions (the aerobic miles inflated due to indoor bike/spinning)
  • Steady because I hit a target time goal of 26-30 hours each month or 50-55 minutes each day.

I’ll chose steady.

Daily mile allows a nice quick summary for both time and distance.  I’m hoping to see some drill down ability for

Time

Time is my primary outcome measure now

Rowing and CrossFit/Fitness categories – but I’m not picky.  It’s nice to have a utility that lets me track it all.

Here’s January’s summary

  • Total miles: 301
  • Cycling (trainer, spin, rinse, repeat) – 222
  • Running – 67
  • Rowing – 10
  • Swimming – 2
  • CrossFit WOD’s – 11

February may have a different mix of aerobic miles.  My plan though is a little more swimming, less spinning, running up to 90-100 miles, same row and 12 CrossFit WOD”s.  The idea is flexibility, intensity and consistency.  I would rather hit  rowing/bike/swim at 100% than just log miles on ice (though sometimes I’ll use the mental discipline and crank some miles in -10 weather).

distance

My primary exercise outcome measure from 1992-2009, no longer the case.

Similarly if my shoulders are screaming after a CrossFit WOD (lets say pull up, thruster or wall ball intensive one)  I’ll rest from swimming and rowing for a day or two.  I’ll bike or run instead.  Over the last year I’ve found rowing to be the closest substitute for running in terms of distance and effort.

Quick question for you all, how do you gauge your exercise outcome and success?

finish line

Racing like Lightning McQueen - Cha Ching!

52 weeks of CrossFit Workouts Of the Day and Triathlon Training.   Add in the P90x round from October of 2009 to January 17 of 2010 and that’s a solid 65 week test of cross training.  The detailed statistics are available in a year end capper.  I also shared some candid results in the “Proof Positive of Training Change after the Tulsa Marathon”.  So there’s been enough summarizing already!

The last five weeks were a true rush of activity – catching up on some cycle, row and swim miles.  I have been ramping up the CrossFit WOD’s in preparation of returning to CrossFit Lincoln (which began last week!).  Through all of that and the normal Christmas – New Year’s activity rush I felt comfortable and strong.

So without further ado – here’s the highlights.

For the next 52 weeks, I’ll pop in a quick blurb from time to time regarding my weekly training.  Feel free to join me on Daily Miles for the weekly logs.  I’ve been looking at a lot, and I mean a lot, of aerobic / anaerobic/ strength training exercises and will be share much more on those in 2011.  So keep your browsers open and check back!

Five Week Stats Day 329 – 365

Week ending 12/19 12/26 1/2 1/9 1/16
Running 11.5 8 16 9.5 17
Walking / Hiking 0 0 0 0 0
Cycling/spinning 21.7 27 33 30.5 88
Swimming .57 .71 3.1 .85 0
Rowing 3.11 0 4.35 .62 3.5
CrossFit WOD’s 3 3 4 2 2
Total miles, Time. Workouts (WODs), Highlights 37 miles
5:13hrs
11WODs
Mix of workouts and CF Whitten
35 miles
4:15 hrs
12WODs
Power Snatch WOD & Workout Mix
62 miles
7:48 hrs
15 WODs
Wrapped up 2010 miles – 3 mi of swim, great spin, CF WODs, 7.35 6 mile run
41 miles 4:19 hrs
10 WODs
CrossFit Luce.
109 miles, 7:27 hrs
11 WODs
Not a mileage hog but all those spin miles add up.  Plus 63 miles on bike on Friday evening into early Saturday

Farewell 2010.  Hello 2011!

Challenges, opportunities, failure, success, valleys and mountaintops – I encountered a mix of those as well as everyone who reads this post (and like  every year before).  For the exercise side of my life, the opportunities and successes jump to the front of my mind. The change-up in exercise and nutrition was sustained and significant.

Miles 2010

Miles and Donuts Burned!

What began as an experiment in P90x in October of 2009 to improve core strength (part-time effort of course) evolved into a full on embrace of a more rigorous strength/metabolic conditioning program in CrossFit.  I’ve tried to record both efforts as accurately and faithfully as possible warts and all.  There’s a couple of weeks to go to make one full year of CrossFit.  As shared in the Proof positive of training change post, the results of the training shift have been dramatic.  12-14 year personal bests (PR’s) from 5 mile to marathons are the tangible results with improved strength, weight loss and decreased joint pain the unanticipated benefits.

Comparing the data from 2009 to 2010 reveals a shift in running only dominance for both hours and miles.  Overall miles were 2,002 in 2009 and 1,631 in 2010.

CoachDaveK_2010to2009_Miles

Total Miles - 2010 versus 2009 - less miles, faster results

The overall hours were close in 2010 and 2009 – in the 280 to 300 hour range or about 5 and 1/2 hours each week.

What was accomplished in that time was more in 2010 for less time because of a higher intensity level for each training session and variety.

  • Intensity – Since I run less and focus on speed/strength/stamina rather than sheer “miles”, I can do so at a faster pace.  Speed builds on speed.  In 2009 my average training pace per mile was a little over 10 minutes.  Last year it was in the upper 8 minute range with workouts in upper 7 minute to low 8 minute range.  Equally important, improving my stride technique – from heel to toe to midfoot / Pose strike introduces much less stress on my body.  An added bonus was discarding my orthodics in June.
CoachDaveK_2010to2009_Hours

Hour comparision - variety and intensity increase in 2010

  • Variety – the following chart, based on total number of workouts, shows the variety of workouts.  It also is another slice on how time is spent.  In 2009 81% of exercise hours were devoted to running, in 2010 it was 60%.  Total number of workouts were over 80% running, in 2010 that dropped to only 45%.  The variety and introduction of rigorous strength training has left me injury free, healthier and instill a sense of excitement – never the same dull workout!

    Workouts 2010

    Workout distribution - variety is fun!

2011 Goals

Keeping my goals simple this year.  My 2010 goals were exhaustive .

  • Continue workout mix of end of 2010(number and hours) – 40% run, 20% CrossFit WOD, 15% bike, 15% swim, 10% row to reach 1,500 to 1,700 miles in 2011.
  • Continue growth of Freaky Fast crew!  Nurture, nudge, hug em!
  • Run 2-3 marathons with focus on sub 4 hour, work to 3:30.  Continue PR trend for sub 22 5k, sub 37 – 5 mile, sub 46 – 10k and sub 80 minute 10 mile.
  • Complete half iron man and Olympic triathlons.
  • Attain CrossFit bests/competencies: kipping pull up, muscle up, WOD’s scaled at 80% instead of 50 to 70%, wall balls with 20lbs, 75 push and situps in 2 minutes, body weight bench x 20, etc.
  • Improve cycling and swim technique: flip turns (swim that is) and acceleration (bike).  Compete in 1-2 open water swims and cycling competition.
  • Explore kayaking and wall climbing.
  • Train to the season – was fun this year to have high weeks in running (March and late October), biking (July), swimming (late July and late December).  I like training year round – sometimes it’s better to train to the season and swim inside  than slip on ice!
  • Nutrition – continue to explore and apply Paleo!
  • Weight – maintain weight of 160lbs.  Was at 180lbs in May of 2008 before Lincoln Marathon.  No desire to lose more, do want to cut another inch or two off waist to get to 30″ (currently 31.5 waist, was 34.5″ in 2008).  Be thoroughly shredded by year’s end!

Weekly stats
* Running – 36.9 miles
* Bike/spinning – 13.5 miles
* Swimming – 0 mile
* Rowing – 0 kilometers
* Crossfit – WOD (workout of the day) – 3 total

Good week of running, nice week for WOD and a little spinning. My body needed some extra rest this fifth week of Crossfit and the long run today (Saturday) was all the better for it. At a little over 19 miles today I do feel much stronger with less DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness). So I think the 18 weeks of cross training is paying off!

Sunday, Day 29 – A bit of a run (3.1 mi) with dogs in the chill (20’s, wind, light snow the usual this winter) and CF WOD Angie. Took the bold step of my first DROID video recording and posting to Youtube. In looking at the video I noticed some misses on my push up form (not quite chest to ground) and air squats (coming off toes instead of heals and not going low enough). It wasn’t a vanity trip – can be good to actually see it after the fact. Oh, Angie involves 100 pull ups, 100 push ups, 100 squats and 100 situps.

Monday, Day 30 – R E S T D A Y. The whole day, not even a swim or gentle spin. And needed it – had been over 30 days since last true rest day

Tuesday, Day 31 – CF WOD – max weight on deadlift, shoulder press and back squats at Bellevue University and Yasso 800’s at night. Woot! Made up for the rest day. Weights are detailed on exercise log – and now think I have permissions worked out so you can see a pdf without logging into google docs. Summary – DL max BS- 185, SP – 105, DL – 225. CF tot 515. Don’t think I’ve talked about the CF warm up – that in itself is challenging 15 squat (air), thrusters (air), pull ups (15), push ups(30), situp (30), back ext (15) Back Squat, Press.

Track workout with Laura – Yasso 800’s.

Yasso 800

2001 highlight photo for Yasso

For more on Yasso read this article! Yasso 800’s
It involves 10 x 800’s with condensed recovery. Last night at Bob Devaney’s lush 200 meter indoor track (sniff, sniff). The average time is a good indicator of potential marathon time (in our case a 3:50 average would trend to a 3 hour 50 minute marathon). 10 x 800’s, 1/2 wu, 1/2 cd w/ Laura 3.51, 3.55, 3.45, 3.54, 3.49, 3.55, 3.54, 3.50, 3.50. 3.35. Approximately 3.50 average, last one was 15 seconds faster. Same workout (solo) in January resulted in a 3:59 average. We’ll do this again in early April for a 3:40 average.

Wednesday, Day 32 – CF WOD Three Play of Thrusters, Kettle Bell and 200M sprint.  All you can do in 20 minutes.  After the full CF Warm Up (short cut yesterday’s and got grief by Mike Livergood, bless his heart) jumped into with abandon.  I’m still not sporting the best squat form. Went full load for Thrusters – 95lbs and 1/2 pood lighter on kettle bell overhead.  Got 4 clean rounds in plus 5 thrusters.  But as fate would have it, Mike appeared on my final 5 (like a shark smelling blood).  The form breakdown, not getting buns to the medicine ball would have resulted in 2 clean ones.  Great workout though.

Thursday, Day 33. Spinning Class with Jessica at the Y and running a couple of hours after – biathlon day! Got 7 miles in at an ok clip with the dogs.

Dog Running

Heidi, Cash and me

Felt a little “tweak” in my back bending over to dump some trash (maybe I should just stop that all together, the trash taking out thing).  Better job on spinning today and pushed the 7 mile run with dogs.   My daughter Rachael snapped a nice shot of the dogs – Heidi, yellow lab in front and Cash, golden retriever in back.  True running buddies that never complain about weather but do like to chase squirrels, rabbits and all sorts of dog things on the way.

Friday, Day 34– R E S T D A Y # 2. Back was a little tender from yesterday so held off from WOD. Was thinking about a nice relaxing swim but opted for a full rest day.

Saturday, Day 35 – Long Run Day and a nice 19.4 miles. Felt like I could go quite a few more. Nice morning, a bit chilly in shorts (regretted not taking full gear), but hands and head were toasty. Went from home to NE YMCA to Dietrich Bike trail (partial ice) to 33rd to MoPac to new trail by Antelope Creek over to Billy Wolf back to Y on 70th and a bit up Adams (for Laura’s 18). Good steady upper 9 minute / lower 10 minute pace for the most part. As shared above felt stronger afterward less groin – hip pain, and hopefully less DOMS tomorrow!

Weekly stats
* Running – 21.35 miles
* Bike/spinning – 16 miles
* Swimming – 2.26 mile
* Rowing – 6.2 kilometers
* Crossfit – WOD (workout of the day)  – 4 total and my hips were a howling!

Solidly sore week of Crossfit WOD, running miles stuck at 20 but ramp up on swimming, rowing and biking!  Felt like Roger Craig of Nebraska and 49er fame, well not in legit athleticism but in terms of versatility – he was one of the first to run/catch for 1,000 yards in the NFL.  The weather and various sore parts of the body called for that same versatility.

As I am working through and adjusting to pain/recovery/strength impact of WOD.  In reading a lot of Crossfit’s founder Greg Glassman’s work, a recurring theme is this will take your body 4-8 weeks to adapt.  Many people use Crossfit as their only workout routine.  So am feeling OK, that my body says ouch!  Plus it’s in areas that are notoriously weak for runners, as shared previously, the hip flexors, glutes and quads.  I can see a positive impact though in the speed work  and hoping that  shows well in races just a few weeks ahead!

Sunday, Day 22 – 15 degrees and 30 MPH wind/ snow led to easy decision – go inside!  But no dreadmill for me.  Instead  opted for an adult life long of 2 miles – 70 laps.  Took just under an hour and 37 minutes but felt great.  Was recovered from the Crossfit WOD’s and really felt good and consistent.  Was a little giddy at the end.  And hungry.  One benefit of cross training is the ability to swap routines!

Monday, Day 23 – Had some time while Annaliese was at a birthday part.  In the south part of Lincoln and decided to stop in the Cooper Y and see how the kids were doing.  There I spied the only C2 rowing machine.  Forget the bike, couldn’t resist.  So began with 5k of rowing in 26 minutes and CF WOD in 8 minutes.  Of the WOD you say?  It was only 8 minutes but an intense one – 5 rounds mod of 4 hand stand pushups, 8 kettle  bells (substituted 35 lb dumbell for a 1 pood approximation) and 12 situps, plus 4 hspu

Tuesday, Day 24 –  7.75 of running (2 with dogs friends in the morning and 5.75 on the track) and a CF WOD over lunch – 500M rowing, 21-15-9 reps of overhead squats (65lbs) and pull ups and 500M rowing.  Then repeat miles on track 7:15, 7:26, 7:22 and 200’s.  What a day.  Cold Soak #2 at home.

Wednesday, Day 25 – Tabata this and that you can kiss my…. never mind.  Ok didn’t think it would be so tough, but it was.   There were four routines: rowing, squats (air, no weight), pull up and sit ups.  Per routine for 4 minutes you ramp up for 20 seconds and rest for 10 seconds for a total of 8 sets.  The lowest number is your score.  My low scores were rowing- 6 (calories) , air squats – 11, pull ups – jump – 8,  situps – 8 =33.  Totals for 8 sets were 56 total cal row, 76 pull up, 78 situps and 99 squats.  Was happy my squat form has improved quite a bit. Was worried what tomorrow might bring.  Cold Soak #3 to finish the day.

Thursday, Day 26.  Spinning Class with Jessica – nice to be back.  Hips and upper legs were S O R E from Tabata the day before.  Was debating whether to try the WOD or just hold to 3 WODs this week.  Decided to spin and crank the WOD as best I could.  So 16.2 biking and then the WOD of 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 (55 reps) of Bench, Clean and Deadlift.  My hips and lower back were sore from Monday to Wednesday WODs (gee think I said that already) so kept bench at 115 (not quite my weight, really), and 95 for clean/ deadlift.  Lowered clean for 3rd set.    Felt nice getting it done and cold soak #4 of the week would follow.

Friday, Day 27– An easy day on sore legs / hips – 3.25 mile run in the snow with my dog friends and a 500 yard swim.  Got some swim racing in with my 8-year-old daughter Annaliese – she won!  On my geek side added some pages to this blog including an HTML export from a  hybrid training log in Google Doc.  Been tweeting a whole more to (gave up Mafia Wars to have time, think it’s a good payoff)

Saturday, Day 28—  10.35 miles with Laura Ceraolo a mix of putting on cleats/ yak trax  and taking them off, then repeating 7 times.  Snow and melt left a partial glaze everywhere but not consistently enough to just keep the yak’s on.  Still nice to crank out 10!

Been thinking about what is both a “tweak” and significant revolution in how I’m training now, versus 1992-2008.

The “goals for 2010” blog shared a bit of that. Just hit me as I posted a reply to a @fb friend that there’s a bit more profund change.

At the root of this transformation journey is going from 90% run into the ground plus whatever else — TO — 35% run, 15% spin/swim each, 35% crossfit/anaerobic. The irony may be ending up with 1,500 miles of running (still a high point).  Though those miles will be higher quality.

In building 2010, I’ve mixed my triathlon training up quite a bit to incorporate much more anaerobic (strength) training and 4 running workouts at high intensity per week (instead of 5-7 ok ones). Now I despise “dreadmills” and just run outside or on a nice university track (200 meter @ Uni of Nebraska) / high school track for speed work.

Rotation each week is Long Run (Sat/Sun) 12- 20 miles; Speed (Tuesday, no more than 55 min total, 4-8 miles), Temp or Hill on Thursday (6-8 miles) and another workout S,M,W, or F that’s a “quick” 6 variety. For the rest of the week it’s 1) swimming or 2) spinning / cycling. I do try to do something aerobic (but again bursts) each day

What’s helping me take my fitness level to the next level is the anaerobic training. 1st the beachbody P90x fare in late 2009. 2nd and ongoing is a real kick on your jaw from http://www.crossfit.com. Crossfit is done 4-5 times a week.

Now the proof is in the pudding (that’s ok under Zone diet 😉 so we’ll see what 2010 brings.

Weekly stats

* Running – 40.3 miles
* Bike/spinning – 10.5 miles
* Swimming – 0 miles
* P90x – Week 12 workouts – Chest, Shoulders and Triceps, Back and Biceps, Legs and Back, PlyoX, 2 Ab Riper X, YogaX and XStretch
* Snow Shoveling –NONE – YES!

Somehow was able to notch 40 miles running this week, aided by 2 long runs: 12 miler on Sunday and 18 miles on Saturday. First YogaX session in 4 weeks – actually was my best attempt at so far. Have to love the ab work at the end.

Sunday, Day 78 – 12 mile run from the Lincoln Children’s Zoo with friends Laura (run) and Tony (bike) Ceraolo. Nice to get out and run over 10 miles – felt great. Stiff wind from the SW – we ran into of course. The 26 degrees felt so much better than minus 11!

Monday, Day 79 – P90x Chest, Shoulders and Triceps at home. First time seeing the DVD’s in a while – have been using the book and YMCA for the pull up bars and better weights. Was nice to get the moves going again and see how on target or off target I was for the routines (fortunately, on target for the most part). Ab Riper X to wrap up a tough workout. Oh those push ups! 😉

Tuesday, Day 80 – 3 mile run in the afternoon with the dogs – icy still but that’s life. Nice to enjoy the 20 degree thaw this week. Plyo X to finish it up. When I go through a P90x routine after a run/swim/spin I skip through the warm up – figure I’m pretty lose. Plyo is still a blast – not too much stress on heart rate even with skipping the water breaks. In reading www.fitbomb.com, another P90x inspired blog, skipping through the water breaks and fast forwarding from time to time helps condense the workout.

Wednesday, Day 81 – Another 3 mile run in the late afternoon (morning runs with the snow melt and icing are dicey at best). Wrap it all up with Back and Biceps at the YMCA during kids’ swim team practice. Spied another guy doing some P90x moves and behold, he was. Very cool. Seeing improvements on pull ups – starting out first 2 to 3 “solo” and limiting weight support on the machine. Biceps felt like rubber afterward but a good kind of rubber. One benefit of taking P90x to the gym is the expanded weight options, ironic a home DVD series plugs me into the gym more. Ha ha!

Thursday, Day 82- YogaX to begin the day. What a way to begin, still leaves me trembling at end. If PlyoX, which normally is one of the toughest workouts, is the easiest for me; YogaX has been the hardest. But it’s been enjoyable to watch my improvement from completely inept to just slightly laughable! 4.1 mile late afternoon run with the two dog friends.

Friday, Day 83 – Legs and Back at Bellevue University during a late lunch. Was fun to work out in a small but nice Div 2 gym – nothing like seeing a couple of young soccer and baseball players hitting it hard. Great discovery during a wonderful consulting gig and taught me value of “take gym bag and towel with you every where”. Debated whether to swim or spin, but opted for spinning at night. Spin instructor Tom was a P90x grad and had a glossy picture with Mr. Tony Horton on the wall from earlier in person love tour in Lincoln Nebraska to show for it. Wow, legs are sore and there’s an 18 miler tomorrow…. Oh Snap!

Saturday, Day 84 – Ran 18 miles in 3 hours 29 minutes – longest since Des Moines Marathon and start of this P90x journey. Felt good the whole way with running friends Heidi (faithful running dog), Michelle, Laura and Julie. Icy in places and a wee chilly to start. Wasn’t fast but in ice and temps of 16 to 22 degrees, an 11:45 pace is just fine. Rule of thumb is 90 seconds slower in hard winter conditions compared to ideal Spring or Fall running. Going to crack open XStretch right as soon as I publish this, and maybe some Ab RiperX!

Back at the end of Week 13 and completion of this round of P90x. Now thinking about what’s next? Insanity on top of triathlon disciplines? Or continue the money of P90x upper body/core, occasional yoga/plyo and the Triathlon disciplines?

Weekly stats

  • Running – 23.25  miles
  • Bike/spinning – 13.2  miles
  • Swimming – 0 miles
  • P90x – Week 11 workouts – Chest & Back, Shoulders and Arms, Legs and Back, 4 Ab Riper X and KenPo
  • Snow Shoveling –45 minutes

Talk about a challenging week to run outside.  I made it 3 times outside and 2 track workouts inside.  Temps dipped into minus 14 range overnight Thursday – Saturday.  Brrr… 

Sunday, Day 71 –  Walk/jog 1+ mile to get the car parked back at church, chest and back as well as 5.7  miles on bike and Ab RiperX at the Y.   Great to have P90x in the inclement weather.  Not making gains on every routine, but overall better workout.  The push up bars (used since week 4 at home or at Y) really stress the form.   Pull up routines benefit from the Precor pull up machine (allows a little weight to boost) as well as straight out trying it.  Still not above 12 in one shot.  Really enjoy the chest/arm/ab workout!

Monday, Day 72 –  3.2 miles – with last 2 at an elevated track at Faith Lutheran during boy scouts.  Felt great to just run without worry of footfall on ice/snow.

Tuesday, Day 73 –  Ran 6 from Lincoln High at night (good footing on the trails) and Ab Riper X core (all exercises except for the sit up modified). 

Wednesday, Day 74 – Ran 6 from home with dogs Heidi and Cash.  Much slower.  In advance of another, thankfully lesser, snow fall.  Spikes held up well.  Went from 9:50 pace on Tuesday night to 11:10 mile.  Yuck!  Shoulders and Arms at the Y afterward.

Thursday, Day 75-  7.3 miles on bike at the Y – much faster than Sunday.  Maintained a 15mph pace.  Then Legs and Back, Ab RiperX!  Tony Horton comes to town on Friday so better look good!

Friday, Day 76 –  2 miles running in minus 5 weather, with dogs, then KenpoX.  Met Tony Horton and other area coaches tonight!  What a blast of encouragment.  Nice to have him stop in right after a flight when he could have ducked and crashed in the hotel to rest.  What an inspiration!  I’ll be with my kids on Saturday at a swim meet, so will miss out on the group work. 

Saturday, Day 77 – Ran 5 miles at 8:30 clip at a nice indoor track at Norfolk YMCA during the kids’ swim meet.  Joshua and Annaliese rocked during their swim events!  Also Ab RiperX (4 times this week)!  Mason Twists with medicine ball on final 10.  Probably my biggest improvement in P90x has been the Ab Riper X.  The first workout I had to take 2 minute breaks between each of the 11 routines, fading and falling to match the reps on final 5.  Now I can actually add to each one. 

Back at the end of Week 12 which kicked off with a great 12 mile run on Sunday!