First Year of the New Me Is Now In the Bag

One year ago, on August 16, 2012, I logged my first activity at the new AUM Wellness Center, a 250 yard swim that took 25 minutes. This involved hanging on the wall and panting at the end of every 25 yards, while being totally unable to comprehend how people could lap swim for an hour. The next day, my first run on the indoor track was just under 45 minutes and I made it 3 miles. That’s a 15:00 min/mile pace – blazing.

Now I’m looking back at the original “just get up three mornings a week and do some kind of exercise” goal, and comparing it to what it has evolved in to, and I can’t believe where I am now. I logged over 1,400 miles of activity! In one year.
First Year Totals
First Year Totals By Week
I’ve done three 5k races, an 8k, a 10k, and one sprint triathlon. I’m now training for the Montgomery Half Marathon in October, and my second sprint triathlon (my first open water) in just three weeks. My best pace for a 5k race is 9:05, my only 8k pace was 9:31 on a very hilly course, and I just yesterday ran 13.1 miles for the first time ever and managed a 10:17 pace. This is what my running has looked like:
First Year Running Totals
I’ve gotten my swim pace down from that initial 11:23/100 yard pace to a 400 yard average pace of 2:04. Still lots of room for improvement, but I’m happy. I try to do a minimum of 2000 yards at every workout, something old me could never imagine. This is what my swimming has looked like:
First Year Swimming
Then, in May, just to round things out, I bought a road bike and started squeezing in cycling workouts so I could compete in triathlons. This is what my cycling has looked like:
First Year Cycling
My goal for year two, and really for the rest of my life, is to never let myself get back to the over-weight coach potato I was. I found a great local triathlon club, Team MMS that gives me great opportunities to run and bike with groups of people who push me, coach me, and encourage me. If you haven’t found a local group to work out with, you should go out and find one.

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Catch Up Posting

Wow, two weeks with no posts – I have been busy at work and busy working out. Oh, and watching the Tour de France for the last three weeks!

I have had to give up my August Sprint Tri, but have signed up for my first half marathon in October. Last week I did my longest bike ride yet, at 40 miles, and today I ran my longest run ever at 9 miles as I ramp up my training for the half marathon.

I’ve also signed up for my second year of the Montgomery Dragon Boat Challenge. If you ever see one of these in your area, get involved and join a team or start a team. It is an absolute blast.

You, Only Faster
I have also bought the Kindle version of Greg McMillan’s new book “You, Only Faster”. Hopefully this will help me to fine-tune my training. For the last couple of Wednesdays I have begun to run quarter mile hill repeats with my local running/biking/tri club. We do laps of a quarter mile up the hill, quarter mile back, rinse and repeat for 8 or 10 loops. Then I’m doing my long run on the weekend.

I also pulled the trigger on the Saucony Kinvara 3’s. I found them online for $69.00, and could not resist them at that price. The wide version I wanted only comes in this subtle muted color, so I will glow in the dark every morning I wear them!
Saucony Kinvara 3

Dragon Boat Races

A couple of weeks ago, I signed up to be part of Karen’s office’s Dragon Boat Team, and had a blast. But then the pictures came back and I looked way overweight. Something needs to be done, and the since we had just joined the new Auburn University Montgomery Wellness Center, I decided it was time to get serious about my health. I need to lose weight, eat better, get in to shape and get fit.

(I’m not going gangsta in the picture, the hat is trying to keep my neck from burning)