Iskaral Pust

Exercise and Fitness: sticking to resolutions

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Whelp, it's been one year to the day since I changed up my diet and started exercising regularly, and in total I've lost 84 pounds since the beginning of last September. I like to think it's because of my newfound discipline and commitment to health, but my morning routine of violently vomiting every time I check the news and read the latest Trump quotes might also have something to do with it.

I don't post in this thread much, but I figured I might as well share. Still got another 50 pounds or so to go before I'm where I want to be, but overall I'm pretty pleased with my progress.

Though, I'm also a bit frustrated as I've had a series of health issues crop up over the last few months, one right after the other, that have kept me out of the gym, and, I can't help but feel, prevented me from reaching my initial goal of 100 pounds in a year. The worst and most recent is this agonizing pain in my feet any time I wear shoes for more than an hour or so at a time. Or walk. Or sit. Worse than my gym routine, this is actually starting to affect my work as well, but that's a gripe for another thread...

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You mean any shoes? Or any walk? That does seem troubling. What the doctors say?

I'm at the moment after the first week of four weeks training program for the fast 5k race. On September 24th I hope to break my 5k PB before I start to prepare for the half-marathon I am going to close this season with in October or November. The first week was tough and not entirely satysfying, as I wasn't able to acomplish all the goals. On one of the first trainings we had a one mile run as a kind of test. I've made it in 6:35 (4:06 pace), which was ok. But on the next training we were supposed to run 10k with the pace from  one mile test plus 45 seconds. And I failed miserably. I was supposed to make it in the pace of about 4:50 per km, and instead I barely managed to go under 5:20. Not so sure anymore if I'm going to break this PB after all.

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Congratulations Kraken on incredible progress.  Sorry about your foot pain though.  Is that plantar fasciitis?

I'm really feeling the effects of months of too much work & stress and too little sleep.  My exercise routine has dropped to just 1-2 per week in the last three weeks, when I like to average 2-3 per week or ideally 3-4 per week.  This week will see me recover to three workouts but I need to get my work and stress back under control. 

Thankfully I'm still maintaining a good diet and not stress eating.  My weight is stable at 180lbs.  My strength in the gym is still good although prolonged insomnia eventually steals a rep or two from my heaviest sets. 

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Congrats on the progress Kraken, that's really fucking great. 

My workout frequency has improved and I'm managing to do something about 5 times a week. I've finally got all the equipment to keep myself active at home, which is a huge advantage with a horribly sedentary job. My food and particularly beer intake has pretty much skyrocketed since I moved out (again), but I'm starting to get a handle on the food at least. 

Have some targets in mind so hopefully a few months hard work will yield some real results.

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@Let's Get Kraken

Great job on the weight loss! :thumbsup:

Sorry to hear about your problems with your feet, though. I can't say I've had any experience with similar stuff so I can't offer any advice. Hope you solve it soon.

@3CityApache

Don't be too hard on yourself. It seems you had a bad workout and things like that happen. You still have plenty of time to overcome one bad session.

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Thanks for your support @baxus, but I feel the problem is deeper than just one bad workout. I have always preferred short distances over long ones and improving on longer distances have always been much harder for me. The best example is that the objectives for the workout I failed at (10 km at a pace of a mile test plus 45 seconds) were difficult but doable for most people in my group, both faster and slower than me at a mile test. I was probably the only one in my group for whom the same objectives meant breaking a PB for 10 km. It shows that the pace differential between shorter and longer distance is much bigger than average for me. Even our trainer commented, that with such a result at a mile test I should have a better 10k PB.

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On 9/4/2017 at 7:14 AM, 3CityApache said:

Even our trainer commented, that with such a result at a mile test I should have a better 10k PB.

Kind of sounds like a shitty trainer if that's the way he presented it to you.  It can't be that uncommon of an issue and I'm sure there are plenty of plans to address it.  If I was training someone and saw that datapoint I'd be excited at the opportunity to close that gap, not comment to my trainee on how they 'should' be performing....

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Actually he presented it more like a joke, so no harm done. He changed my objectives afterwards and addressed the problem scheduling the next workouts. Can't say a bad word of him. 

Yesterday we were doing very similar workout: 8 km with a pace of a mile test plus 40 seconds. This time I wasn't able to meet the objectives as well, but the gap was much smaller, about 10-15 seconds in pace (comparing to 30 seconds before). So I might be back on the right track after all.

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its amazing how easy it is to undo all the hard work you put in with just 2 weeks of holiday, drinking and eating whatever you want is good for the soul but bad for the ass. 

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It's been a while since I posted. Anyway, crossfit is still a lot of fun, I'm sticking with it and feeling great, though a bit sore and aching on occasion. :D 

My schedule should clear up a bit soon, so I'm thinking of adding something else to the workout schedule. Nothing major, just something I could do once a week, twice tops, in addition to crossfit. I know I could add another crossfit workout, but the whole point is to try something new, or at least different. I was thinking about joining a colleague of mine at his Brazilian jiu-jitsu workouts but I'm not sure how much use I'd have from once a week. Swimming and yoga are always an option and I quite enjoy both. Most outdoor activities are not, since we'll get a full on autumn weather in a month or so and I'm done running in rain, wind, snow and sub zero temperatures, at least for some time.

If you guys have any suggestions, I'm more than willing to at least hear them out.

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@baxus take a look back at the discussion we had when someone was looking for a sport to replace martial arts (he landed on fencing).  It had good suggestions.  It was in this thread or the one prior. 

 

My workouts are still constrained by my heavy work schedule and more family stuff on weekends.  I'm only managing 1-2 gym sessions per week still but they are at least going well.  Tomorrow I'm taking my son to his Taekwondo tournament but it might make me miss out on a trip to the gym. 

I need to get my routine back under control. 

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37 minutes ago, Iskaral Pust said:

@baxus take a look back at the discussion we had when someone was looking for a sport to replace martial arts (he landed on fencing).  It had good suggestions.  It was in this thread or the one prior.

I think that was me. Anyway, I'm still doing fencing and having a lot of fun, so consider that a recommendation. I've also started an adult gymnastics class once a week that's been an absolute blast.

Edit: that said, BJJ is awesome and if you think you might like it then give it a go. I stopped due to a combination of injury and burnout but it was so much fun whilst I was doing it.

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5 hours ago, Liffguard said:

I think that was me. Anyway, I'm still doing fencing and having a lot of fun, so consider that a recommendation. I've also started an adult gymnastics class once a week that's been an absolute blast.

Edit: that said, BJJ is awesome and if you think you might like it then give it a go. I stopped due to a combination of injury and burnout but it was so much fun whilst I was doing it.

Is your adult gymnastics structured/properly coached? Or is it more of a gym hire with coaches supervising to ensure no-one is injured? Just curious, as I found lots of examples of the latter when I was looking for the former.

 

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9 hours ago, HelenaExMachina said:

Is your adult gymnastics structured/properly coached? Or is it more of a gym hire with coaches supervising to ensure no-one is injured? Just curious, as I found lots of examples of the latter when I was looking for the former.

 

It's a proper, competitive gymnastics club with their own dedicated facilities. They mainly trains kids/teens for competition but offer two casual adult classes a week as well. The class structure is kind of split. Half is directly run by the coaches to learn certain baseline skills, and then half is a bit more freeform with individuals scattering to work on the particular things they want to achieve, with coach guidance and oversight.

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Thanks for suggestions, guys. I'll look into it and see if there are some fencing or gymnastics clubs I could check out.

If anyone has any other suggestion, I'm all ears.

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4 hours ago, Liffguard said:

It's a proper, competitive gymnastics club with their own dedicated facilities. They mainly trains kids/teens for competition but offer two casual adult classes a week as well. The class structure is kind of split. Half is directly run by the coaches to learn certain baseline skills, and then half is a bit more freeform with individuals scattering to work on the particular things they want to achieve, with coach guidance and oversight.

Sounds like you found a good class then, that's good! I have always loved gymnastics and I always surprise myself how quickly I seem to tone up when I return to it (and how quickly my old skills come back to me too.

The 'class' I currently attend is more of a "you pay to use the equipment, we'll stand and watch" type thing for the most part. Bit disappointing, but it keeps me happy fitnand gets me out of the house. 

@baxus were you looking for anything in particular to add to the workout schedule? As in, cardio, strength or? What the hell, I'll second a recommendation for gymnastics since you get a bit of everything there. Unfortunately I usually overdo things as I never realise how much it takes out of me until the next day when I can barely move :P 

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8 hours ago, HelenaExMachina said:

 

@baxus were you looking for anything in particular to add to the workout schedule? As in, cardio, strength or? What the hell, I'll second a recommendation for gymnastics since you get a bit of everything there. Unfortunately I usually overdo things as I never realise how much it takes out of me until the next day when I can barely move :P 

If we're honest, I could do with some improvement in cardio and in strength and in "or". ;) I don't really have a plan - whatever I get to improve, I'll be happy. Basically, I'd like to be a bit more active in any possible way and have fun doing it. I'm not even sure I'd like to do the same thing every week, trying out new things sounds like a lot of fun.

For example, one of the things I'll definitely do more this fall/winter is ice skating since my company is moving to the new offices next week and we'll be right next to the skating rink so I'll try to go skating after work at least once a week or once a fortnight. There's a group of guys there that I used to play ice hockey with so I might see if they're still active and rejoin them.

I'll also try to go swimming a bit more regularly since I enjoy that, too.

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Ok, so my four weeks training program finally worked out. I broke my 5k PB by 1.5 minutes today. Final result: 22:07. Of course on the finnish line I was mildly disappointed I haven't managed to break 22 minutes, since I was short by just 7 seconds, but overall I'm really satisfied. Regular workouts with professional trainers really do pay off after all. I'm starting to seriously consider running a marathon next spring and I'm already excited about it, even though longer distances were always much harder for me to prepare to.

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1 hour ago, 3CityApache said:

Ok, so my four weeks training program finally worked out. I broke my 5k PB by 1.5 minutes today. Final result: 22:07. Of course on the finnish line I was mildly disappointed I haven't managed to break 22 minutes, since I was short by just 7 seconds, but overall I'm really satisfied. Regular workouts with professional trainers really do pay off after all. I'm starting to seriously consider running a marathon next spring and I'm already excited about it, even though longer distances were always much harder for me to prepare to.

You'll probably need to decide by November or December so you can get a good 12 or 16 week training program in place. I would say at a 22 minute 5k you should be okay with a 12 week program if needed. 

Had a good summer of running and triathlons. I did a couple of sprint Tri's and finished in the top 10 for my age group. I did a team triathlon where I swam and biked then passed off to my parter for a run and we ended up winning. Highlight of the season was winning the local Ironman 70.3 team relay. We did it with a three person team, I covered the running section and we ended up winning the team category by 4 or 5 minutes. Got a chance to run with the elite triathletes and was able to hang with them because they were on their third leg and I was fresh on my run :) 

Last weekend I participated in a Ragnar event. If you are runner I would highly recommend checking these races out. 200 mile relay with a 12 person team. Finished in about 32 hours with a mixed team of fast and slow runners. Really fun event, kind of like a rolling circus. 

Planning to focusing on hiking and road bike this fall and winter. Will get the indoor trainer set up again in the basement and Zwift for the rest of the winter on the bike. 8 more peaks to go to complete my New Hampshire 4000 footer list. 

 

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Tore my hamstring today so feeling pretty bummed out. How does everyone cope mentally with injuries?

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