I’ve got a medical coming up on 29 June, which is just over 100 days away. I’m also 50 this week. So I’ve come up with some targets to achieve before my medical.
- Run 50 hours. That’s 30 minutes a day on average. There’s no pace or distance targets with that. The only way to get it done will be to run at lunch times. I’ve been lacking that.
- Join 50 veloview tiles together by running. Any tile I run from today onwards counts. But to make it a lot harder, it only counts as one if I’ve been to the tile above and below, and to the left and right. That’ll encourage me to explore new areas and to get off the treadmill. Again, distance and pace doesn’t come into it (especially, if I drive somewhere and then go for a run).
- Ride 100 hours. That’s tough and is designed to encourage me to ride to work and back. Now that the weather is getting better (well, some of the snow is melting) that should be do-able. Turbo is fine. This is not going to be easy by any stretch of the imagination. When combined with the running, that averages 10.5 hours per week. Way more than I’ve done for a long time.
- Do 50 push-ups. Wow! That’s a silly target but I’d hope with a bit of practice that I will get there. I did 30 at my last medical without too much practice.
- Lose 15 pounds (well, it sounds like fifty). That’s 6.8kg which gets me to 73.8kg. That’s roughly what I’ve been at all my medicals.
There’s not going to be any swimming in the target. But I do want to do some!
Wow. That ws a fantastically bad week. A few things contributed. Brecon had just been spayed and so needed constant attention to ensure she did not jump on things, she did not fight the others, had her wound protected, could not run about unside. So it was very much shift-work looking after her. Plus I had to go to London a few times. Also, a was very demoralised and didn’t look to do something.
- Swim: none
- Bike: 42 minutes (preparing a work presentation and so even easier than easy)
- Run: none
I did not 16 press-ups. Which is better than expected. At my last medical I did 30 though so I am well away from that.
We’ve had another round of snow. Not as much as a couple of weeks ago, probably around 6cm on Saturday and another 4cm or so on Sunday. Driving the first mile to the station this morning was a little tense, but after that not too bad.
This week I still feel very demoralised, although Brecon’s second post-op check-up on Sunday said she was fine. So she can now carry on doing what a cocker spaniel is supposed to do. On Friday we go away to Wales so this week will be a thin week too.
Monday to Friday – great. Saturday and Sunday, nope. The problem was that Brecon had been spayed and so there was the looking after her and making sure she stayed calm and didn’t fight the others, the post-op check up and family stuff.
Bearing in mind that the focus of the week was on swimming:
- Swim: Five x 3,600m swims. 6:09,
- Bike: 31 mins – less good but I’d hoped to do more
- Run: 19 mins
So just a few second more than 7 hours.
This week the plan is that anything I can do is a bonus.
So I’ve done 5 swim sessions this week. Each a pyramid of 100m -> 600m -> 100m. Most were done easy, one on Wednesday was done moderate. All are very slow compared to me at my best. But they are getting me better. Today’s swim felt particularly relaxed. Albeit my shoulders have been quite achy all week. No pain though. Just well used.
So that’s 18k of swimming in 5 days. That’s pretty good.
A better week than before:
- Swim: 2 swims, 2:01. Including a lot of 50s with Ashley
- Bike: 5 sessions, 3:19. I had a go at VirtuGo. First time was fine. Second go had some sort of error.
- Run: 4 runs for 1:02. Wow. That’s got to be shortest average run every. One was just seven minutes outside running in the snow, while snowing. But running through snow drifts really made my lack of fitness very uncomfortable so called it a day quite quickly.
So that’s 6:24 this week (55 mins per day average).
No diet pepsi for two weeks now. Still tired and thirsty all the time. Eating still very bad.
Week 6 is going to be all about the swim. My theory is that I can get better quite quickly if I swim a lot. Then after that I can reduce the swim volume a bit but still retain some of the benefits that I’ve gained. Let’s see how that goes…
I also want to increase my volume to over an hour a day on average and not care about the intensity.
Great news. I’ve focused for a month. No intensity, little outside but I’ve done stuff. More consistency and volume would have been better. But in summary:
- Swim: 3:47
- Bike: 11:10
- Run: 3:43
- Total: 18:40 (average of 40:00 per day)
In other good news, I’ve got off diet pepsi. So that’s nearly two weeks now.
But eating is still bad.
In March, the plan is to get some more volume. And more running. And now the snow is nearly gone, some more outside stuff.
Because I like numbers, here’s a graph of my swim times for certain distances in February. Some of the shorter ones are all out (eek, not good) but most are moderate of easy.
If I thought last week was not pretty, this one was even worse.
- Swim: 2,500m. One session, and that was alright
- Bike: 1 hours 45 mins indoors. All easy. Four sessions in total. Again, good for getting on the bike. No intensity though.
- Run: 30 mins. A single sessions. But not easy. I did a 5k nearly as fast as I could in 25:04. Not fast in the slightest but something.
The great news though is that I’m still of diet coke. That’s eight days. No headaches now. I’ve fallen asleep in the evenings twice now. But still very tired. And thirsty.
Another day without caffeine and I’m feeling a bit better. Last night I fell asleep on the sofa so that’s definitely a good sign. Headaches were still there last night but not this morning. Let’s see what happens today.
I also started my diet yesterday. I’d put on even more weight so it’s going to take longer and I have 11.2kg to lose.
It’s a fun morning on the trains in to London. Some issues meant that they decided not to run all the trains and so a jam packed nine carriage train stopped and asked every to get off. So everyone got off and on to a five carriage train that turned up. The guard of that new train has told people “don’t walk down the train looking for seats, you’ll be lucky to find floor space”.
On a treadmill? Now? 25:03.
That was hard, but not all out.
So the good news:
- I got on the treadmill
- I stayed on the treadmill
- I worked hard
- I now have a reference point
The bad news, that would have been slightly harder than an easy run a while back. But that was quite a while back, up to 2013 or so?