June 11 – Something You Are Doing
aka. Post 11 of Those 30 Posts in June Blog-Every-Day Posts
To say that I’ve been a little scattered when it comes to my cross-training is the understatement of the year.
See, I’ve got this marathon happening in November and in order to run it and still be standing at the end I’ve realized that I need to strike a better balance in my fitness life: dozens upon dozens of klicks is great, sure, but I’ve spent the last couple years dealing with dozens upon dozens of aches, pains, and setbacks that are mostly related to overtraining, undertraining, or imbalances in my training.
I need to do more strength training, really… is what it comes down to.
But life is busy. I have great intentions, and so I look at my available time and fitting in thirty minutes a day to lift weights or do squats or put a few spins on the stationary bike, all of it means carving something else out of that life and leaving it on the floor until (at least) November. And that’s fine. Expected. But kinda like saying I’m going to cut five hundred calories out of my diet each day and, oh look, see how easy it is to lose twenty pounds. That easy.
Uhh… not easy. Easier said than done.
My plan to fix this is simply to make more time. I figure there are a couple ways of doing this. The first option with the most benefit for the most people is to slow the rotation of the Earth so that the length of the day expands by about thirty minutes. Everyone gets a few extra minutes to fit in something they want to do, and me, I can fit in my cross training. And if that doesn’t work, plan B is to set my alarm and wake up thirty minutes earlier each day. Not as big of a payoff for everyone, but… y’know… there’s an app for that.
I’ve set up a bit of schedule for my found time: it’s a mix of strength training for core, upper body, lower body, and then some quality time with bike blended in for good measure… all at five-thirty in the morning. It will either make me stronger or more tired, or both, but I’m banking on the stronger.