Was That Just 30 Days?
What a month it has been! New job position, GenCon, my son off to college and finishing my Couch to Spartan plan. As August comes to a close it feels like I can finally come up for a bit of air. Let me catch up and get things to the present!
GenCon – WOW! What a great weekend! I’ll hopefully put something up on the game blog this weekend. Personally, it was a huge success. Having four days with my son, surrounded by gamers, games and old friends. Well, it was like coming home.
Despite what Life and the REALLY creepy hotel threw at us, our workouts went off without a hitch! The hotel, which was run-down and scary, informed us that the workout room which had been promised was “under construction” and we could have a free pass to Cardinal Fitness just down the road a few miles. I asked calmly if they would be open at 5 AM or at 12 AM for me to do my workout. With a sign, the clerk muttered, “Uhm, no.’
It was road work for us then and definitely a challenge to pack it all in. The typical schedule ended up being all day at the Con where we walked about 3 – 5 miles then back to the hotel by 11PM. Up at 4:30 or 5:00 AM to do a workout (except for Sunday morning. I got in a workout after I got home that evening.) and then breakfast, shower and then back to the Con to find a parking spot by 7:30 A.M. I was very proud of my son who, being new to this exercise stuff, ran it like a champ! His diet was very restrictive and so he took portions of appropriate food with him in his backpack and ate on schedule throughout the time at the Con. It was hardcore but it showed me that you really CAN get through a 4 day convention on $40 of pre-purchased food. (More money for buying games, right?!?!?)
Workouts – Once GenCon was finished I came back to four very intense work weeks and to finish up my Couch to Spartan plan. The workouts ramped up in intensity and the summer heat decided to do the same. I was undaunted and pressed through a couple of 95 degree days. During Week 4 I made a pretty crucial decision. I decided to repeat the week. This decision was different than before which had it’s roots in wanting to take it easy and not pushing. The decision to repeat came from the simple fact my form was off and sloppy when it came to the exercises. I opted to repeat the week, work on the form and then power into the final weeks. It worked like a charm! My form improved and so did my strength and I finished the plan strong and feeling good.
During this time I also decided to research what I needed to do for more bulk and discovered that, for my height and size, I was eating way too little in protein. I changed that up one night by eating three hamburgers (no bun) and a huge portion of vegetables. The next day, I felt amazing. It seemed to activate some long lost, dormant metabolic rate within me and I feel that was when I started to REALLY see improvement. Our grocery budget will, undoubtedly, suffer for it.
The Success – Last weekend my wife and I went zip-lining at a place called Go Ape in Eagle Creek Park as part of a birthday celebration for her sister. Being nervous about heights I was apprehensive but decided I wanted to do it. What I didn’t know was that it was not JUST climbing up and then zip-lining down. No, it was climbing up a rope ladder and then going through an obstacle course hanging in the trees 40 feet off the ground! (You’re attached the whole time.) The zip-lining was the easy part.
The success came from having the strength to do the entire course without any real issue. Though my nerves were a bit shot at the end I was delighted I had been able to do it all and feel strong throughout. My wife felt the same way and we both agreed that 6 weeks ago we would not have been able to do it at all. She would not have had the strength and my weak and injured shoulder would not have allowed it. This was a realization for us. It showed us that there is a world of adventure waiting for us out there to explore as we grow in strength and conditioning!
The Marvel Zone – I finished the Spartan program about ten days ago. My wife had spoken with a few of her weight-loss trainers about my situation and what I was training towards. They had suggested I come in and have a consult with the owner who was an obstacle race veteran and who had regularly worked with people who were trying to gain weight and strength. I thought it was a nice way to transition out of the previous series of workouts and I took them up on the offer. Last Monday, I began my free week with Next Generation Personal Fitness and went to my consultation. After a great meeting where we both admitted to being superhero fans he began calling my plan “The Marvel Zone.” How can I go wrong with a plan name like that? (Though I’m still using the hashtag #bigdamnwookie)
The Plan = Starting on Monday I begin a nutrition plan for muscle and weight gain for 4 weeks. It’s a daily plan with accountability. I know quite a bit about eating healthy and even eating for weight loss. I know very little about the concept of eating for healthy weight gain so I’m looking forward to it. Along with the nutrition, I’ll be working with a personal trainer to help me focus in on crushing any obstacle race that gets in my way next year! In addition to my ongoing road/trail running I’ll also be hitting 2-3 fitness classes a week.
No, it’s not cheap but it’s a commitment. It’s a commitment to myself and to my family. It’s a chance to take it to the next level and really move forward on some goals I’ve had my entire life. More on this later as this post has already grown longish.
I can’t wait. More to come as things begin to settle down and I move forward. Fall is right around the corner which means a lot more trail running and outdoor workouts to come!