Tetanus shots suck, and my bike is for sale

So I had a physical last Wednesday and I was actually looking forward to it.  I’m in such better shape than I was back in 2010 when I had my last physical and bloodwork done.  I’ve always had naturally low cholesterol and blood pressure, but he gave me some static over my weight and BMI.  I’m sure I’m like a lot of you believe that the BMI grids are total hogwash, but with my blossoming interest in triathlon training and running a lot of that has taken care of itself.

I weighed in at 224, which is down about 15 pounds from my last weigh in (2010).  I proudly told him about my feats of craziness in 2012 (two triathlons, a half marathon, several 5Ks, a 50 mile bike race) and he was impressed.  The odd thing was that my bad cholesterol was about 5 points high – he naturally chalked it up to red meat and whole eggs, but I eat red meat but once a week and try to go lightly on the egg yolks.  We agreed that if I drop my weight down to 200 that the cholesterol should also go down dramatically. I’m already down 4 pounds.

He REALLY pushed me on a tetanus shot – I figured that it might be a good idea considering that one small spill on the bike (road rash) in the warmer weather could warrant the shot.  I hate injections, but I took it like a man.

And then my left arm went dead…

For the next 5 days, I could barely do anything.  I couldn’t even sleep on my left side in bed!  Swimming was out of the question, but the shot also knocked my system down a bit and I felt tired, fatigued, and a little achy, especially late in the day.  So I’ve been on the shelf resting and stretching, and eating CLEAN.  I started using the LOSE IT! app on my iPhone and iPad and it’s a fabulous way to track consumption.  I wish GarminConnect had something as good, or anything for that matter.  Goal weight of 180, here I come.

Also notable this week – I signed up for the NJ State triathlon (July – Olympic Distance).

I want to raise funds to upgrade my bike, so the easy decision is to put my bike on the trading block – it’s too big for me and just not the right tool for the task at hand.  I have two bikes somewhat locally that I am considering – a 2008 Cervelo P1 (known as the Dual) and a 2011 Felt B16 (full carbon).  I’m leaning towards the Felt but it’s about $600 more.  Both are in excellent shape – we’ll see what happens.

 

Training Updates and Catching Up

I’ve began to ramp up the intensity slightly over the past two weeks.  There are a few reasons for this:

  1. I’m bored, and I feel like a total slacker.
  2. I’ve put on about 8 extra pounds over the holidays, and I feel more “blah” than I have in the last year.
  3. I began to encounter self-generated excuses as to why I SHOULDN’T work out – mainly centered around not burning out too early for a September Half Ironman race, etc…

So I decided to kick it into gear and get things started.

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Bike –

I’ve been hitting it pretty good in the basement on my trainer.  My TV programming of choice has been either (a) catching up on HOMELAND on Showtime OnDemand or (b) watching past NBC Ironman Kona broadcasts I ripped from YouTube.  I also have three purchased videos from The Sufferfest for when my base is more adequately built up, but those will be for later.

One of the things that somewhat troubling is that I now know that my bike is INCREDIBLY too big for me.  I’m just about 6’1″, and the Trek 1.1 I have is just not a good fit.  As a result I have to lean WAY forward to use my aerobars, and the position is just not comfy.  A new bike will be in order sometime soon.

 

Run-

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My new kicks are Saucony Kinvara 3s.  I was pretty set on the newest version of the ASICS Noosa Tri, but the Sauconys felt perfect for my oddly-shaped feet.  They are much lighter, and while not totally minimal, they have much less cushioning – meaning I can more comfortably run forefoot striking than in my big chunky ASICS Kayanos.

I am battling a bit of a stubborn knot in my right calf.  I’ve tried heat, ice, compression, The Stick, foam rolling, and even Ultrasound therapy (I own an ultrasound wand unit) to no avail.  I see my chiro on Friday and I’m going to see what he can do.

 

Swim-

I’ve just recently gotten back in the water following an almost 90 day hiatus.  In short, I suck.  All my endurance is gone, so it’s going to be a battle to consistently get my time in.  I am still averaging 1:40ish per 100 so my speed is fine.

 

Diet –

One of things I’m going to need to do is monitor my daily intake, and not over-indulge.  I’m currently about 225, and I really want to be down close to 200 pounds by the time June rolls around.  I know once my training attack begins the weight is just going to come off, but I still need to implement some common sense.

 

Tonight is my first double session – I ran a quick 2-miler in the new sneakers at lunchtime outside and I’ll shoot for about 1000 yards tonight in the pool (maybe more depending on how I feel).  We’ll see how it goes.

 

Next post will be race scheduling…