2010 let the fun begin!


This is the first week I have been training with a goal of entering a strongman contest in May and a ½ marathon in April. As soon as registration opens for the Wilkes-Barre Triathlon I will be registering for that.
I had decided at the end of last year that I was going to do a distance run, a strongman contest and a triathlon in 2010. With those goals in mind I bulked up to a little over 225  pounds at the end of 2009.  My only exposure to strongman contests was The World’s Strongest Man on ESPN, so I thought I would be going up against some heavyweights, maybe tipping the scales over 300 pounds. At the end of December, I found a contest to enter, printed out the entry form and noticed “weight classes,” another example of me jumping and looking for the net later. So now I can let my weight drop back down making the April 25th,  13 mile run a tad bit easier.
Anyway, back to the training. I took whatever weights I was using last week and added 20 – 40  pounds to my heaviest set. It has been one brutal week, but I love it. I am rediscovering muscles that haven’t been sore since I started back at Danko’s in 2008.  I invested in some Meeko Power Straps to take the stress away from my forearms and grip during heavy back sets and let me tell you I was able to use about 40 more pounds on  my heaviest back sets. The feel through the large back muscles is more intense than anything I have experienced in years. I am not neglecting grip work though, I do that on my arm day, but later on with what I think are the best grippers around; Iron Mind’s Captain of Crush grippers.
I am attacking all of my workouts with even more passion, and more vigor than I had back in my youth. I am also discovering that being fit at 45 years old is much more enjoyable and younger than being obese at 40.
I haven’t neglected my running. I am doing about 2 miles before my weight training workouts and 1 – 2 miles after, with 3-5 miles on Sundays. Right now because of my disdain for the cold weather I am running on the treadmill. I can’t wait for it to warm up just a bit more and the snow and ice to dissipate so I can get back outdoors. I skip rope several days per week.
In the past month I have ordered some past Strongman  contest DVD’s. Watching the pioneers of the sport is not only enjoyable; it is motivational. I think we forget before he became a commentator the Kaz was intensity personified and watching the energetic Jon Pall Sigmarsson before leaving this earth way too young is awe inspiring.
If you are a strongman fan I highly recommend the videos available on the www.theworldsstrongestman.com. So far I have purchased and watched Thirty Years of Pain DVD and WSM 80’s 3 Disc DVD. I also managed to find on Amazon.com the DVDs Larger Than Life: The Story of Jon Pall Sigmarsson the Icelandic Viking and Strongman (2006) all great viewing.
I haven’t neglected my other goals. I also purchased and watched: Triathlon; through the eyes of the elite and Running on the Sun (a documentary about he Badwater 135 mile Ultramarathon beginning in Death Valley). All very motivational, inspirational and telling of the capacity of human strength and endurance.

Keep training and remember: being fit isn’t simply about living longer, it is about living better!

2010


Hi Everyone,

Now that I have registered and paid the fees for the Leigh Valley half  marathon and Boyerstown YMCA strongman, 2 of the 3, (possible 4) events I am competing in this year, I will be documenting my training, eating and generally how I am feeling by updating my blog  at least once a week starting this week.

The Wilkes Barre Triathalon is the other I will enter and possibly the Steamtown Marathon.

Someday perhaps I will change my philosophy in life: Jump and look for the net later… Nah I have way too much fun this way.

Keep me in your thoughts and prayers. I think I need my head examined. I am 45 years old and in March of 2008 I weighed 340 ponderous pounds, but it is time to show all the so called experts that you can in fact not only lose weight on a low carb lifestyle, but be athletic and active.

Happy New Year and a great 2010.

Joe

Below are the 2 events that I have registered for.

http://www.nastrongmaninc.com/upcoming/upcoming_item.asp?UpcomingID=459

http://www.lehighvalleyhalfmarathon.com/index.html

The following begins registering in Feb.

http://www.wilkesbarretriathlon.com/