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An advanced version of the little train that could

Are you stuck behind a desk?

Is your day workout the walk to the car and snacks in the break room?

Workout vicariously through this blog post.

To begin, I have not updated my blog recently for a little more than a week.  I apologize.

Visualize this – A key jolts the tumblers of the bolt lock to my door. My foot crosses the threshold. Simultaneously a brain turns to an unrecognizable blob resembling a jar of jelly that breaks as it falls out of the fridge door.  Writing at night is increasingly difficult.

In case you wonder – I am still working out at 5 a.m. The brain cannot put up as much of a fight not to work out as it can when you get home after a long day. I suppose it is habit by now.

I meticulously keep a workout diary. After finishing sets of weights, running, swimming, or biking I record my progress. I highly recommend this practice because it helps you know about your accomplishments and track soreness so you can avoid injury.

For instance, I have accomplished the following things in the past three days:

  • Weights…and more weights – everything from bench press to pull ups
  • 30 minutes of kickboxing
  • 30 minutes of pilates
  • A 15-mile bike ride
  • Walked 2 miles
  • Ran 5 miles (cough…uurm I walked somewhat too)
  • Swam 1,000 yards
  • Conquered a brutal spinning class this morning (7/28)…

…and swam 1300 yards this evening.

Now – for those of you in the training program that are reading this post you’re probably thinking to yourself why so much – this is supposed to be a recovery week, right?

It is a recovery week according to the schedule – I had some conflicts last week that hindered my ability to go to my typical swimming practice and join everyone on Saturday for the brick workout. So I need to count that as a lot of recovery time. I even gained a couple of pounds.  I am supposed to become lighter so this stuff gets easier. I will say that I do not think my body has been this capable, or strong – ever! That is a cool perk.

Side note: How appropriate that Kanye’s song Stronger just came on my Pandora account…”what doesn’t kill me will only make me stronger

This stuff is getting hard and taking its toll. I am not sure how my other teammates are doing, but finding time to workout, fundraise and work is rough! Then again – I need to keep some focus:

1.    This is for charity! (p.s. please donate http://pages.teamintraining.org/nca/nattri09/mingram)
2.    If triathlons were easy – everyone would do them. I see myself as a more advanced version of the little train that could.

Are you in a Team in Training event? Are you training for an endurance event…any tips on juggling everything?

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One thought on “An advanced version of the little train that could

  1. Hey Matt!

    You asked about any suggestions for juggling everything – TnT training and fundraising, life, and that pesky work thing….the best advice I can give you as someone who has always burned the candle at both ends is 1) schedule everything 2) prioritize things 3) have a Plan B 4) Don’t worry when 1-3 fall apart because all you can do is all you can do.

    Best of luck to you!

    Posted by Ariel Lotz | July 29, 2009, 7:14 pm

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