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Working my Butt Off

Today was an exhausting day.  I've been looking to do somehting to redeem myself from my Triathlon Disaster.  I know, it wasn't really a disaster, but it's been eating at me for the last month and a half.  I hate feeling like I failed--that I didn't do something that I should have been able to do.  I should have been training and taking this fitness thing seriously.  It can't just waltz into things and expect to succeed.

So, while searching and wanting to find my next challenge, I kept wondering what I was going to do next. And I think I finally found it: 


But, Anna, in her infinite wisdom, thought that maybe I should test out whether or not I could complete the course.  Wow, I'd never thought of that, but she's so right.  So that's what I tried today.  I'm planning on doing the Olympic Duathlon.  It's a little intense, but I thought I could at least complete a 40k bike ride and a 10k run.  And that's what I tried today.

Okay.  Doable?  Yeah.  I completed it.  But easy?  Not a chance.  I know I can do a 10k.  I mean, 6 miles isn't too bad.  I've done that distance many times before.  Heck, I did 5.5 miles earlier this week.  So I knew I could knock that out.  It turns out, though, that running a 10k after biking 40k is crazy tough.  Like I said, I completed it, but I was sore at the end, I was slow on the run, my legs cramped, I was completely wiped out.  And exhausted.  And it took me like 3 hours...that's a long time.  I wish it were faster, btu not bad for my first attempt. 

But I'm going to be doing this in two short weeks.  I know I can finish it.  But I'm sure I won't be able to win, even in my division: Clydesdale (men 198lbs and over).  But I'll finish it.  I'll have the shirt and the story.  I'm excited!

Saturday:
26 mile bike ride
6.5 mile run 
read the bible daily
read my devotion daily
pray daily

Total:
45 minutes on elliptical
45 minutes on stair stepper
45 minutes on exercise bike
26 miles biked
14 miles ran
200 situps
200 push ups
10 60-second front planks
10 60-second side planks
pray daily
read the bible daily
read my devotion daily
fast
date with Anna

Remaining:
15 minutes on elliptical
15 minutes on stair stepper
15 minutes on exercise bike
100 sit ups
100 push ups
5 60-second front planks
5 60-second side planks


Calories:
Monday: 1,904 Calories
Tuesday: 1,209 Calories
Wednesday: 2,478 calories
Thursday: 2,413 Calories
Friday: 2,295 Calories
Saturday: Unknown

2 comments:

  South Beach Steve

September 12, 2010 at 5:32 AM

It sounds like Anna is a pretty wise lady, especially since this is so soon. Good job on completing the distance in a practice run though. While we are usually adverse to being sore, it sure feels good when you are improving yourself.

  beej

September 12, 2010 at 8:21 AM

Yeah, Steve, Anna is a really smart gal...I need to listen to her more often.