I did it. I threw out a goal. I said I was going to run a 5k faster than I did in high school. I said I was going to train. I said I was going to lose weight. And then I went and dropped out of the blog-o-sphere.
That time I was missing was not time wasted. I jumped back into weight watchers. And I started losing weight. I’m proud to say I’m back to my weight watchers “life goal” weight. But there’s a difference between “life goal” and “race” weight. So I’m going to stick with it.
And I’ve been active. I haven’t been running as much as I wanted, but I’ve been skiing a ton. I do telemark skiing. For those unfamiliar, the important conceptual difference between telemark and alpine is that a telemark skier is basically doing lunges down the mountain. It’s a real quad burner. And if that isn’t enough, you can ski up the mountain too. But I usually just take the chair lift.
I’ve also started cross country skiing. A lot. So far I’ve got over 30 miles on my skate skis. And I’m even considering a 15k race at the end of this month. The only reason I’m not jumping head first into the idea of the race is I took the time to ask some people about the course. It looks like there are a couple miles of “black” or “most difficult” trails. I need to check that section out before I just go and sign up. If it looks like hitting that with a race mentality will land me in the hospital, I’ll just sign up for the 5k race.
An important aspect of training is remaining flexible. While I hadn’t exactly expected to keep my cardio base by skate skiing, I’m willing to embrace it and run with it. Now that I’m back to work full time after the holidays I’ll still be running to stay in shape during the week and I’ll get one or two good ski workouts each weekend.
Interesting side note: I was also invited to an “ultra” running event. There were two distances – 30k and 60k. I turned it down because I had tapered my training schedule for the winter, and it all just seemed kind of crazy. The 30k is about 18.6 miles. So a good distance between a half and a full. Now that I know about the event, I will keep it in mind as I figure out what to do with myself in the November-January time frame. Given the small group, I fully expect that I would finish last (and probably wrap up my 30k about the same time the leaders wrap up the 60k). But given the small group, I expect the whole thing would be a really good time.
Stay tuned, this is going to be a fun year.
And until next time, don’t let the fat man catch you.