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Yes. I already know. I’m one week late on this post.   Do with me what you wish. Whip me, slap me, shoot me, berate me…

I have no excuse, just been busy.

This week’s report is pretty simple… The challenge is going well.  Out of the last 2 weeks I have done something athletic 11 out of the 14 days.I missed 2 days this week so one will need to be made up.  Getting the make up day in doesn’t bother me, I know I can find the time.

As for my sub/secondary challenge of the month, to climb 2500 vertical ft.,  it is going well. I did about 800 vertical this past week.  I did 40 flights of stairs that equaled 20 ft. in elevation gain each.  That was a tough night.

Justin jumping rope

Cool down jump rope after 45min interval session with snow.

All in all, I will say that this challenge came at just the right time. I had hardly realized that most of the winter had slipped by and that I have some serious physical events coming up in April and March that I need to train for.   At this point, I have about 60 days, or 2 months, to get ready for the Medford police departments annual adventure race: 5k to 2 mile canoe to 10 mile mountain bike singletrack ride to a second 5k.   Right after that is, “the challenge” which Tony Jones and I created.  It consists of a 4 mile canoe ride, 20 mile mountain bike ride, and 15 mile hike with a 25lb backpack over two days.

Most of the winter has been spent just keeping my body in maintenance mode/strength training phase.  It is time to up the amount of miles I am running as well the amount of miles I’m biking.  Along with the extra exercise I need to watch what I’m eating to drop some weight. I could stand to lose about 15 lbs.

With all this training, an issue comes up because I haven’t full healed all of my injuries from last season. The plantar fasciitis in my foot is acting up again, my shoulder is still injured from over training with crossfit, and now my ankle is hurting me!  What is happening to me? Ha!

There is an important lesson in all of this. It is important to give your body time to heal as well as to monitor your condition to ensure you are actually making progress towards your health goals. Many people train just to train and don’t actually measure their progress.

The week ahead should be fun.  I’m going to get 2 850 vertical ft. stair days in to get the subgoal for the month complete.  Regardless though, you just have to take time to enjoy each workout. Each one is a great gift. Imagine not being able to go for a run or get a workout in…. I couldn’t imagine….

Till next week.

Any good challenges out there?



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