For the first quarter of 2018, my main goal was to improve my cardiovascular health. I did this by training for/running a half-marathon.
The race was not easy. Mr. WoW finished ahead, but came back to run the last half mile with me. When the finish line was in sight, he said something like:
Wanna sprint to the end?
I did not. I could not. I didn’t mention it to Mr. WoW, but I was a little scared that my legs were going to give out. I’ve never felt like that before and it was disturbing.
However, I did finish. While it wasn’t the time that I had hoped for, I’m happy to have completed it. I’m so happy in fact that I’m going to run another half-marathon in December. The WoWs and I are considering races in Atlanta, Durham, Texas, Florida and California.
Cardio health is critical and I plan to keep on running. However, I’m scaling it back until the fall when the half-marathon approaches.
In the meantime, I need a goal for the second quarter. I’ve decided to focus on strength training.
Strength Training And Plastic Hulk Hogan
At the end of 2017, I could do 10 pull-ups (proof here). This week, I tried and could only do 4. When training for the half marathon, I let my strength workouts lapse and now I’m seeing the results.
For this quarter, strength training will be my focus. I’m going to base my regimen loosely on P90x which I’ve had success with. For the leg part of the workout, I’m going to add squats and deadlifts. I’ll also be running and biking to keep my cardio strong, but it won’t be my emphasis like it was in the first quarter.
What I’ll Measure
I love numbers and plan to keep track of a bunch of them. The main ones I’ll be paying attention to are:
- Weight: the least important
- Body fat %: still need to get under 15%
- Muscle mass: can I gain muscle weight?
- BMI: body mass index
I have a scale that uses bioelectrical impedance to measure body composition. I know that this isn’t the most accurate way to measure, but by weighing myself at the same time and under the same conditions (Thursday morning when I wake up), I’ll minimize variables.
I also need an exercise measurement, so I’ll be tracking my total number of push-ups and pull-ups as well as max reps. My maxes are currently:
- Push-ups: 21
- Pull-ups: 4
The most push-ups and pull-ups I’ve ever done are about 70 and 10 respectively.
My main goal is to look like plastic Hulk Hogan:
Or maybe this guy (the dude holding the balloon; not the flying beast [I already look like that] ):
It’s difficult for me to figure out goals because I have no idea what my potential is, especially for muscle gain. So, I have to pull some numbers out of my rear end:
In the interest of transparency, I have to post pictures too. Ugggh. And sorry. I hate this part, but pictures are the only way to tell the whole story.
I’m challenging myself for two reasons:
I have no idea what my physical limits are. Until last Saturday, I didn’t know that I could run a half-marathon. It’s fun to carefully push your boundaries.
2) Optimal Health
I have relatives in their late 70s who have sharp minds and walk multiple miles every day. They seem to never stop moving. In retirement, they enjoy a rich life of travel and contributing to their community.
I also have relatives who are in their 60s that can barely get off the couch without assistance. They lead a sedentary lifestyle and make poor diet choices. I worry about them. If they make it another decade, what will their lives look like?
This is everything:
Quality of life
I want to be independent for as long as possible. I don’t care about living long, but I do care about having high quality of life for as long as possible.
But wait, I lied. I really do want to look like plastic Hulk Hogan. But really, who wouldn’t?
Just kidding. (again) Maybe…
Really, I am kidding.
I just wanted another excuse to show this “art”:
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