Saturday, December 10, 2011

Walden Pond Triathlon?

Breakfast this morning was a good triathlete breakfast I imagine. Hodgson Mill steel cut oats with blueberries and bananas with some milk. I also took my fish oil pills (must get that daily Omega 3) and a men's generic multi-vitamin. I'm not one for chasing food supplements. I'm trying to make my life feel as normal as possible while still building in habits that in the long term support being able to do long course triathlon competitions and marathons. I've also cut back on certain foods that I used to let myself go crazy on such as pizza. I can easily eat 1/2 to 3/4's of a large pizza quite rapidly but I now eat one or two slices and then wait awhile and usually I'll eat another one hours later if I still want to. I guess watching all those Biggest Loser type shows or Dr. Oz (wife TV in other words) have left their mark. I generally avoid cookies and muffins as well. I've never really had a weight problem until I started pushing 50. Really it's more of an out of shape problem. Still I've lost 16 or so pounds in the last couple months without any real drastic change other than what I've mentioned and this is my down time anyway between Thanksgiving and Christmas... the annual Shalom from any kind of structured training. In Michigan our winter season most likely contributes to being one of the top ten fattest states in the US. Of course that doesn't explain why Mississippi is #1 on that list. Regardless of why Michigan and Mississippi consistently share space on that list, my training begins again January 29th. In addition to the Lansing Marathon I'm also considering doing this 24 hour cycling event next year too. I've never done a cycling specific event (my least favorite of the three multi-sport disciplines).

I’ll let someone not known for his prowess in endurance sports finish this morning’s post:

“All endeavor calls for the ability to tramp the last mile, shape the last plan, endure the last hours toil. The fight to the finish spirit is the one... characteristic we must posses if we are to face the future as finishers.” Henry David Thoreau
I wonder if Thoreau ever had steel cut oats for breakfast when he was hanging out on Emerson's property on the north shore of Walden pond?

1 comment:

  1. I like your distinction: "weight problem" vs. "out of shape problem." I wonder how many of us have said the same, never aware of when we crossed that line from out of shape to conspicuously overweight. Ah, semantics . . . maybe Michigan and Mississippi have a bunch of people who merely think they're out of shape.