Friday, May 23, 2008

Getting in the Zone

I just got back into CrossFitting. That meant going into work earlier so I could leave a bit earlier. Waking up incredibly early, even when I'm tired and sore. It means eating properly (40% carb, 30% protein, 30% fat). And for my own reference, here's the math:

Eat in "blocks", 1 block = 7 g protein, 9 g carbs, 1.5 (x2) g fat (eat in this proportion)

How many blocks? .7 of Lean Body Mass ... which is found by using your weight and your body fat percentage. So I'm pretty excited and feeling good. It's going to take a lot of tweaking and changing, but it will help properly fuel my day to day activities. Nutrition will help take me to the next level. For some additional news:

June 7: 50 mile relay Rainier to Ruston, I run two legs, totaling 9.1 miles.
June 28: Seafair Half Marathon - running with Ryan

As a late note, May 16 was Bike to Work Day and I biked from Issaquah Highlands to Seattle (my first time). That's over 30 km. Took me over 2 hours but I had fun. While I don't bike to work all the time, I occasionally ride down the Highlands and take the bus, and bike up the hill on my way home. This is good cross training too for running.

Anyways, I was feeling fairly down, emotionally bummed. And I'm starting to get excited again. Passionate. Driven. In fierce pursuit for excellence. Socrates said, "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is a habit."

Smile! ... starting from the inside out.


P.S. How could I forget! My legs are really in pain right now. Anways, this morning's workout, we did tabata sets. Basically 20 seconds of max reps, 10 seconds rest .... 8 sets for each exercise. The exercises? Let's see: Pushups, Pullups, Situps, Row, Back Extensions, Squats. (For rowing, each calorie counts as a rep). I did 269 reps (proper form and so forth). Mind you, it's also the least number of reps out of everyone else. Nevertheless, I'm motivated to get better, become stronger, run faster, and discover the limits of my potential.