So, here’s entry number one of the tracking journal. After a varied training schedule over the years, I am where I am. I’ve spent some time in the past trying to ‘bulk up’ and other time boosting functional fitness and training to run obstacle races and trail runs. As I head into the upcoming ‘nice weather season’ I’m pursuing a mixed training schedule to achieve a variety of ends. This summer I’m hoping to run a few more obstacle runs (as in previous years) yet likewise take a shot at a triatlon or two (something I used to do over 20 years ago). Its winter so I’m not pursuing any major gains in any particular area. Just trying to be reasonable, maintain and build in functional strength and cardio (because I do eventully learn that I am not 20 years old anymore). I’ve charted a schedule that I usually stick to yet I’m not beating myself up any more if I’m not 100% on track. Just aiming to always do something each day and generally improve AND STAY INJURY FREE.
So, generally, I’ve created a schedule that incoporates elements from the Navy Seal fitness program, P90X, Crossfit, strength training, and cardio including running, biking and swimming….I try not to overwork muscle groups in consecutive days.
Goals include: boosting functional strength (especially hanging related such as pull ups, rope climbs and monkey bars), maintaining a reasonable 5 – 8 km run ability, building to a solid and comfortable 1 km swim distance, maintaining 30 minutes on the stationary bike over the winter months, and regularly keeping limber along with stretching / yoga / martial arts.
Complications include: a slightly buggered up left shoulder and current upper back and neck issues. So, at the moment I’ve modified things to ease up on upper back a bit to allow the back and neck to settle down. Currently in treatment along with chiro and physio.
A note on the schedule. There’s no point in charting it out since I’ve had to modification it while undergoing treatment. Once I’m more or much less 100%, I’ll go back to some sort of plan.