aaaaaand we’re back.
I gave myself last week off. I hope you’re okay with that. We’ll call it a “de-load” week. I ate whatever I wanted, I only worked out once, and I didn’t write a single word for the blog.
So now that I thoroughly feel bad about myself for such a completely unproductive week, it’s time to get back on the horse. Not that I don’t think a week off here and there isn’t a good thing. I think it is, and I’m sure I’ll do it again. But any more than a week, and I start to feel like I’m making what’s supposed to be a healthy break into a bad habit.
So why the break?
Well since last November I’ve focused almost 100% of my physical exercise towards one thing: getting stronger. I hired a coach to train me week in, week out, and I’d say he paid off big time. I hit my deadlift goal in a couple months time, eventually hit my clean goal, and made considerable progress towards my front squat goal. Realized early July that some of my favorite lifting sessions revolved around the strongman style lifts, so went ahead and decided to give the RCSC 2011 a shot and made that happen a little over a week ago….
However, if you’ve read this blog for any extended length of time (probably just a month or two is enough for anybody for a lifetime), you’ve realized by now that variety for me is absolutely the spice of my fitness life.
So what does that mean? It means I’m changing gears again. My next two “events” will be the Tough Mudder (which I had to move from October to the end of February in SoCal, due to my jerk friend deciding to get married on the same day) and a triathlon. So I’m moving from focusing on strength based events to cardiovascular endurance type events. I figure training for a triathlon and a Tough Mudder simultaneously shouldn’t be too difficult, since the most challenging thing in each (for me anyway) will be the cardio.
PROOF… that I paid.
However. The last thing I’m interested in doing is losing the strength that I’ve worked almost an entire year to build. Endurance sports are notorious for eating away at muscle and making men look Project Runway ready, and I’ve already got a metabolism and body type that shies to the leaner side anyway. So thanks, but no thanks.
What this means is, I’m going to continue to lift, and lift to get stronger. Not just for giggles, but keeping in mind that come next year, when the River City Strongman Competition 2012 comes around, not only will I do it again but I’ll be stronger than I was the first time.
That kicks things up a bit and mean I’m shooting for a pretty lofty target: expand my cardiovascular ability while gaining strength (and hopefully retaining mass).
How am I going to do it?
…I have no idea… yet. I’m pretty sure it’ll involve eating a lot of food, and being extra smart about the length of my cardio training sessions at any one time. But hey, it’s just the next leg of the journey. I look forward to doing the research on how to make this work.
Haven’t picked out the triathlon yet, and I don’t have a bike (which are damned expensive), but I’ll be sure to lay it on you as I figure it out!