Health is Wealth - Day 1/243 #Run

After spending the last few weeks stuffing my face with everything in sight (and a failed marathon attempt), I was more than ready to get back into the gym today. Grandma’s Marathon is on June 22nd, 2019 which will give me roughly 7 months to get ready to crush balls. AKA: Finish Time in under 3:33:33.

A couple of things to note. Messages from the Universe are free to everyone. Sign up and give em a listen, why not? Secondly, I have been using Elite HRV, it is a free app. I just wrap my heart rate monitor around my chest first thing the AM before I get out of bed. My HRV score will be a large determining factor when deciding if rest days need to be added or rearranged, along with my overall mood and quantity/quality of sleep the night prior. As I get older, I see the side affects of sleep (or lack there of) much clearer. 8+ hours is needed for this guy, no question about it. Moving forward, the blog/journal posts will be organized and pretty bare bones in this fashion: Message from the Universe, HRV score & Sleep, Yoga Session, Workout and lastly an Internet Fact or Fiction Statement. I don’t really give too many fucks about my body’s appearance per say, but I have included photos from today’s starting point. It is interesting to monitor change as we tend to be our biggest critics. So why not!?

One’s ability to succeed is always proportional to one’s willingness to fail.

Besides, all failures are temporary, all tigers are paper, and life is a many splendored thing.
— The Universe

Monday Affirmations:

  • I choose to have an amazing week!

  • I wake up excited and ready to get from the day!

  • I am present in every moment

  • I have the power to create change

  • I believe in the good things coming

  • I let go of all negativity that rests in my mind & body!

HRV score: 61

(Home) -Yoga: Day 1 - Ease into it.

(Gym) - 30 Min Hike on the Treadmill Warm Up equated to 1.6 miles. Ave pace was about 3.3mph and I gained almost 600ft in elevation gain.

15 min roll out with foam roller and mobility ball

Stability Circuit: I do each exorcise back to back with no rest until the circuit is completed. I went for four rounds today.

  1. Reach-backs - 15/side
    2. Clam Shells - 15/side
    3. Prone Cobra - 30sec up/30 sec rest x4
    4. Hip Extensions - 10 w/10 sec hold at top
    5. Seated Tummy Vacuum’s - 25 Breaths
    6. Prone Plank - 60 seconds

Notice my left shoulder is lower than my right. My left hip is crazy tight and will be working thru mobility issues!

Internet Truth or Fiction: Fruit for Breakfast… Between the hours of 7-11am the body is doing the heaviest detoxification, so eating fruits ensures healing energy is used for detoxification rather than wasted on digesting heavy fatty foods. Fruit gently wakes the digestive system and metabolism from semi-slumber, all without the harsh adrenal jolt of a coffee or fatty meal. Fruit fiber cleans the colon like a broom. Fruit is a great coffee replacement, as the natural fruit sugars keep the brain sharp and energized. People who eat fruit only for breakfast have been shown to be leaner, healthier and more productive during the day.


Week 19 - Explode and Power

Good Afternoon & Happy Sunday - 

           I believe I figured out how I am going to utilize this space. On Sundays I am going to drop a post with my program for the week. Intermittently, I may write up a post when something inspiring pops up in a workout. 

          My workouts start with one of three different warm ups. 

  1. Walking Hill Climb - Incline @15, 3.5mph pace. ( with or without weight vest)
  2. 1 mile run where HR is under 140/150. 
  3. 15min on elliptical where HR is under 140/150

        This Week Should be a good one. 

  1. Monday - Stability Circuit
  2. Tuesday - Power Circuit 
  3. Wednesday - Off Day (Yoga or light mobility work)
  4. Thursday - Power Circuit
  5. Friday - Stability Circuit
  6. Saturday - Cardio
    1. 30min MinOnMin - (30sec) - 6mph vs 10mph
    2. 15-30min Rowing
    3. 15-30min Elliptical or Sprinning
  7. Sunday - Cardio
    1. Long Run 
      1. 5+ miles with HR under 150
    2. Long Spin or Ride


Good Afternoon and Welcome


Nick, here again, just another blog section I'd share how I utilize my off season and gym time to train new and upcoming adventures. Feel free to reach out if interested in discussing!

I reached out Dee Tidwell of Enduro MTB Tradining along with the Lord Kenny over at American Strength to get my fitness on! In the past I have always been in the gym to stay in shape and typically to put on size and strength with out much care for cardio.

After a marathon and a few bike races I knew I needed to start training for what I enjoy doing, which meant training smarter, not just harder.