I’m going to start to write up a few of the sets that I do. There are two main reasons for this, the first is that it will act as a reminder for me if I need to devise sets again, the second is that it will provide benchmarks that I can test myself against.
Monday mornings are often quite busy in the pool as the four lanes are reduced to three as the swimming club takes up one lane. So it’s not always possible to lots of short sets (you can lose your “spot” in the lane and so are swimming into the toes of slower swimmers, or having faster swimmers do the same to you). So this week I decided to do some longer, timed sets.
- 1km, non-stop – 18 mins 30
- 1km, 5x200m – 17 mins 50
- 1km, non-stop – 19 mins 29
I enjoyed that as a session and now have a new goal to beat 19 minutes, then 18, then 19 again for the above session.
I failed Janathon because I was ill, so I decided to try and do a solo Febathon. I may not have had the group support that Janathon so amazingly delivers, but I had my own steely determination. So how did I get on?
Actually, surprising well.
I only missed three days in the whole of the month – and they weren’t even days when life got in the way, they were just days when the steely determination waned.
- Days of exercise – 25
- Seconds of planking – 400
- Number of press ups – 289
- Kms of swimming – 36.5
- Kms of running – 15.59
- Kms of cycling – 82.39
- Total #LETJOG14 count – 145.69kms
I have to admit, I’m pretty pleased with myself. Not only that, but I even managed to catch up on all the #LETJOG14 distance I missed in January, so after two months I’m now 2.3kms ahead of pace.
I know that I won’t let this slip in March (although I may dip a bit below February’s total) as I have a 10km swim booked in for the end of the month, so I need to keep it up until then.
However, the best thing about all of this is how I feel now. I feel stronger, fitter, faster in the pool and I have really enjoyed getting into this routine and seeing the results from it.
It’s only the 20th of the month and I’ve already hit the 100km mark for the month. To be honest I’m pretty damn pleased with that.
For those of you not of a mathematics persuasion, that’s 5kms per day on average.
Of course for me, much of it has been swum rather than run, the breakdown is:
- Swimming – 24.4kms
- Running – 12.94kms
- Cycling – 68.09kms
- Total (according to my algorithm) – 103.16
I’m just 13.5kms away from hitting the total required for the month – and I should do most of that during my swim tomorrow morning. If I keep going at this pace I could catch up everything I missed in January and be just ahead of the target required to complete the challenge in the year. That said, there’s a danger that I might be in Barcelona for the whole of next week with work (I was just planning to be out there for two days), so that might scupper the plans a little. Even so, I’m pleased with where I’m at right now.
I tend to work from one or two days a week. I like it – it took a while to get used to, but I’ve been doing it for six years now, so I think I’m used to it. I find I can be more productive at home, but also it means I can be more flexible (which helps with the occasional lunch time swim) – which in itself leads to more productivity.
However, on days like today, I love it.
Not only am I working from home, but it’s the school holidays. So instead of commuting to an office I got to spend that time sleeping a bit more and having a leisurely breakfast with my family. I then had a quick walk and got to the [home] office at the normal time, ready to start. Lovely.
Filed under Thoughts, Work
Half way through the week I almost failed. I nearly ignored Febathon after a tough day in London, but, as this post proves, I sucked it up and embraced the spirit of Febathon.
Slightly ironic then that the very next day (Wednesday) I genuinely forgot and therefore did nothing! I should have planked and done some press ups in my hotel room in London that morning, but clearly not learning from the night before’s almost failure I didn’t and planned to do it that evening. It wasn’t until the following morning that I realised that I’d forgotten. But that aberration then gave me the licence to have another blank day on Thursday.
So two blank days, but here are the full weekly stats (Mon 10th – Sun 16th):
- Planked – 60 seconds
- Press ups – 30
- Swimming – 9.85kms
- Running – 2.81kms
- Cycling – 16.65kms
- #LETJOG14 total – 36.52kms
I’m now 13.6kms ahead of February’s #LETJOG14 total – although still behind in total after falling behind in January.
So far I’ve done *some* exercise every day in February – that’s my Febathon pledge to myself. I nearly broke it yesterday though.
I’d had a long day in London and when I got back to my hotel room all I wanted was a quick shower and to go out and grab some food. Which I did, and I accompanied the food with a beer (although just the one). So it wasn’t until 11;30pm as I was about to get into bed that I remembered Febathon. As I was in London, the plan was always to plank and do some press ups (I rarely carry my running kit when I’m in London, and looking for swimming pools just seems like a bit too much hassle). But still, it was 11:30pm…
“I’ll have a rest day”
“I’ll make up for it and do it twice tomorrow”
Both of those thoughts ran round my head, but in the end I decided that my personal commitment to Febathon was too important to be beaten by laziness (there may be days when I just can’t, but this wasn’t one). So I planked and I did some press ups. It wasn’t much, but it was more than I would have done otherwise… and that to me is the point of the ‘athons.