This is me one year ago:
Top dps in my World of Warcraft guild A friend I play Dungeons and Dragons with invited me to run a Tough Mudder with him and a bunch of his ex-military buddies.
I did it.
And I felt like I nearly died. My friend dragged me over the last three miles. He was there pushing me the whole way. I couldn't have done it without him.
Then I did a Spartan race, completely solo. (it was much shorter than TM)
I did well. Over the last year I have made a lot of improvements, but I am worried about stagnating, or worse regressing. I want to push myself to a level of fitness and athleticism I never thought possible for me.
When I did the Tough Mudder last July, I failed at the Everest Obstacle. I was just too fat, exhausted and I couldn't even half-rear end my way over it. It was kind of humiliating to slide down the slope and be stuck at the bottom. I had to walk around like a chump .
This time I won't be quitting any obstacles. I will post a pic of me smiling on top of the Everest obstacle.
Tough Mudder Boston, June 2013 - Everest or Bust.
Then I want to complete a Tough Mudder within a competitive time to show my continued improvement. I am not sure what this will be yet, it will be compared to my time at the May event.
Tough Mudder New England, August 2013 - Move with a purpose.
I'm also participating in the Ultimate Transformation Challenge 2013.
How I hope to do this:
Get on a real nutrition plan, count my calories and watch my Carb/Fat/Protein ratio. I'll post weight updates. My long term weight goal is 170ish pounds.
Begin with a starting strength program, and post updates here. I have zero lifting experience, so I will be starting at square one. Specifically, I'd like to be able to do pull-ups for once in my life.
Start a running log, and post updates here. I'd like to ramp up my distance over time. Currently I am running two miles at a time, once or twice a week. I want to lock in a running day three days a week.
Beach fucked around with this message at May 10, 2013 around 19:32
|# ? Feb 5, 2013 19:30|
|# ? May 18, 2013 06:21|
Here are some stats for the last year:
In February/March 2012 I weighed in at roughly 220-225 lbs. I could barely run a mile at this point.
I started running and working out to prep for my first TM, and by July 2012 I weighed 190lbs and I could comfortably run 4ish miles.
In November 2012 I was at 185 lbs and I was running 6 miles on weekends.
My current stats 2/5/2013
195 lbs again
27 years old
run distance: 2 miles
I have not been kind to my health this winter, but that is why we toxx
Beach fucked around with this message at Feb 5, 2013 around 21:42
|# ? Feb 5, 2013 19:32|
The dates for Tough Mudder in Boston have been changed.
Tough Mudder posted:
Is it ok for me to edit my Toxx to reflect the change in date of the event?
|# ? Feb 7, 2013 22:59|
I don't know about the toxx rules, but obstacle runs are incredibly fun and having a concrete goal along with someone sweet sweet social pressure should definitely help inspire you!
|# ? Feb 7, 2013 23:15|
I'm off to a bit of a slow start as Boston got hit by a blizzard over the weekend, shutting down pretty much everything.
I did however get a nearly five mile hike in on Saturday, walking from my house in Porter Square to my girlfriends in Fenway! The snow was about knee to waist deep the entire way, except for a couple of spots where I had to walk on the sort-of-plowed road. Adventure log!
|# ? Feb 13, 2013 15:25|
"Taking time off" from the gym in January and February was a terrible idea. And to think, I even justified it to myself as "missing the new years rush".
Over the last year I have made a lot of improvements, but I am worried about stagnating, or worse regressing.
Chalk this up as A Thing That Has HappenedTM. My plan to get on a real program has gotten off to a rocky start. Being back at the gym this week has felt just like I am back at square one. My workout today:
10 Minute mile/1 mile warm up on the treadmill
135 lbs X10
I am still feeling a bit nervous alone under the bar, so I have been trying to do more reps at a lower weight.
I did a couple of machine exercises, Lat pull down, tricep extensions, but those were just filler until I got a turn on one of the benches.
With dumbbells I did:
Bent over row:
Bench press (with dumbbells)
30 Mins on Stationary Bike
So I've given myself this week to flail around at the gym like a dummy, but tomorrow marks exactly three months until my first race, so I really want to get serious about a program. The plan starting tomorrow is the M,W,F starting strength.
Warmup on Treadmill
3x5 barbell squat
Barbells/Dumbbells: Triceps extensions, bent over rows, bicep curls, shoulder press
Cardio: 40 Mins on stationary bike
I'm also going to be trying the training program from the Twenty Pullups Challenge
Twenty Pullups posted:
2 Mile run
Then its back to Workout A again on Monday with Week -2 Day 2 pullups, Workout B Wednesday Week -2 Day 3, A/-2 day 3 on Friday and so on with running days in between. My plan is to post the workouts every other day and just mention the cardio from the day before.
current weight: 197 (dammit )
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|# ? Mar 1, 2013 01:03|
I have permission from Shine to reopen this thread after it was closed due to inactivity.
Current Weight: 183
Current milage: 4 miles on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2 on MWF at the gym (via 20 minute treadmill warmup)
Today at the Gym:
20 minute warmup run (at roughly a 9 minute mile, 2 miles)
Warmup at 135lbs
10 reps x 3 sets
10 reps x 3 sets
5-8 reps x 3 sets
back down to 135 for another 10 x 3
Warmup at 90 lbs
10 reps x 1 set
5-8 reps x 3 sets
back down to 120ish for 10 x 3
Bent over row and dumbbell press!
10 reps alternating, 5 total sets
Curls and such!
I donít know I was shooting the poo poo with one of the guys at the gym and we were messing around with the dumbbells at the same time.
Which way to the Beach Special!
10 Burpees followed by 5 box jumps, alternating for 5 sets with no rest. This really takes it out of me, but it is my favorite part of the day
Tought Mudder is three weeks away, and I am feeling very confident and excited!
I'm happy to have my weight down under 185 again, and the runs are coming easier and I'm finishing my outdoor route faster every time I do it. I'm all registered for my second Tough Mudder, which is now in August, and I've got my steely eyes on the prize for this fall when I'd like to get under 170 lbs for the first time in my adult life.
FITNESS IS NOT IMPOSSIBLE
Beach fucked around with this message at May 10, 2013 around 19:36
|# ? May 10, 2013 19:31|
Checking in with a four mile run this evening.
current weigh in: 186 (after mothersday dinner)
|# ? May 13, 2013 01:38|
|# ? May 18, 2013 06:21|
Another four mile run last night, no gym trip yesterday. Prob wont make it to the gym again until tomorrow or Thursday due to work craziness this week.
|# ? May 14, 2013 11:38|