The Road Back

After a bit a self-analysis I have realized I need a complete and structured plan to get back to my goals in physical fitness. No I didn’t do the ironman this year for a lot of reasons (personal, logistical , etc) but that doesn’t mean I should give up as might have been trying to do. Though I have to say living a sedentary life is so much easier . Hell there are so many other things to do with 15hrs in a week.

So I have started on the slow, long but gradual road back. No immediate goals in mind though I have somethings up my sleeve.

The mauvli

The current events in Pakistan remind me of quote from a book — I cant remember which one. “The communist are fighting to get control of country, the mauvli is fighting to take control of our souls. ” [SIC] . As if Pakistan did not have enough maulvis from within the country we had to import one from canada to lead us. And then the theatrics of so called march , which ends in a complete 180 from the position he started from. In a way him being a mauvli doesn’t bother me that , him being another disingenuous pakistani politican is the problem.

Brazen 10k

After a lot of thinking I have decided that I will start writing race reviews. More than anything this is personal so the analysis that I do after a race, and then I can remind myself of all the pros/cons of the race over time.

So I had decided to sign up for a 10k race on 01/01 . In the past Rhian and I have done the midnight run in nyc central park for several years. Since I couldn’t find a midnight run I decided I would do a race the next day. When I read the race description on the website it mentioned it was hilly. Little did I realize that they meant it was HILLY ! Continue reading “Brazen 10k”

Ringing in 2013

A new julian calendar year and new beginning in different directions. Rhian and I decided that we would take it easy this new year, so no late night partying or anything — though I will have to remind myself when we last did that. We decided we would grab a nice dinner at Alexanders Steak House and then I would do the 10k run as part of brazen running.

New years eve started fairly lazily with us not having much to do since we had done all of the logistical stuff over the weekend. We went enjoyed a nice dinner at the steak house (separate post) . The actual ringing of midnight was on the bart ride back home. And then the next day ran a hard 10k

Recovery day

After 2 weeks of bashing my body into oblivion for out-season training finally coming to a recovery day. More than anything these last 2 weeks have helped in getting consistency and also getting my routine in order. Biking and running have slowly been coming back to form . Can’t say I am close to where I want to be for ironman training, but I am pleasantly surprised at how well I have physically responded to the training stress. There were definitely some days where it felt awful, but if you expect ironman (or any endurance event training) is peachy and easy then you have picked the wrong sport. It is really mentally draining to push yourself on the bike or the run when your body is sore, and just the day before you have pushed yourself.

So in a way the day off is a way to reset. About time to enjoy a nice glass of wine or a margarita and maybe cook something less than healthy for myself.

2 new gimmicks for Christmas

So Rhian and I decided that we would order some things we wanted for ourselves for Christmas. I choose to get a Timex Ironman GPS watch since my last training watch a polar has to go back for repairs. For a lot of reasons I didn’t like the polar that much. Compared to my timex watches it always felt as if the polar was a bit more flimsy. It got scratched up while working out, which considering the hell I put my timex through have never been scratched. Really makes me wonder if the Polar is meant to go through the same usage. Luckily from what I have seen they have a great guarantee program. So the watch can be send back and the screen and the strap will get fixed.

The 2nd gimmick was a bose headphone with noise cancellation. Considering my ability to break or wash headphones I want to see how well this headphone lasts.

Solid week of training

After moving to SFO it was a bit tough to get into a training schedule. Between new work schedule, also work hours being dispersed overtime between 7am and then 7pm pst , and then finally also dealing with the logistics of moving, and then also dealing with the eminent arrival of a kid. Finally this last week got a good training week in . Got in a total of 7 hrs of training in the week and get some basic workouts in. The big thing is to get consistency and get a good training block of training in before end jan.