October 2013 Report

Well… I didn’t meet all my goals based on the schedule I set last month. But progress is still being made as I get back into the triathlon lifestyle*.

The successes:
I DID start swimming at Alameda Masters. It has been quite fun and I’m proud of myself for taking that leap. I’m in the slowest lane, which has made me feel way less intimidated. No fasty mcfastersons around to run me over! I feel like I’m already improving. In fact, just this week I learned that I’m not pulling all the way through my stroke (meaning, pulling all the way to my hip and flicking my wrist a little)! This change will be a challenge to incorporate into my stroke, but I’m looking forward to seeing the rewards!

I’ve been doing push-ups and sit-ups. Squats not so much.

Running! Some intervals here and there, a couple good trail runs, hills. Hiking. Some research into a local track workout, which I hope to try soon. I even managed to run in the morning AND make it to work by 8am.

Joined a gym near my house for spin. No power meters, since this is more 24 Hour Fitness than M2 Revolution, but they had a cadence display, which the instructors seem to use most of the time. Been going once or twice a week for the past three weeks, which seems like a good way to get back into it.

Bought a Groupon for a nearby gym that has Crossfit! Why can’t all of my needs be met AT ONE PLACE?!? Sigh. If only mo money meant mo fitness.

The fail:
Complete fail on the food tracking. This is only the gazillionth time I have tried and failed at this though, so I don’t feel too bad. My diet is, overall, not horrible, but I know that I need to get a grip on the snacking.

Goals for November:
1. Keep it up!
2. Vegetarian at least once a week. Preferably more often.
3. Take my vitamins every day
4. Work on my new swim stroke
5. At least one AM workout per week

* showing up everywhere with wet hair since you go from workout to shower to other stuff, carrying around various articles of spandex and shoes and shower stuff ALL THE TIME, sleeping super well after a tough workout, telling friends that you can’t make happy hour because you need to go workout, getting drunk off one beer, waking up early to ride on Saturday and run on Sunday…

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