OK so milestones are being reached. Last week I hit one, this week I hit one, and by next week I will hit another. They are all about dropping the most significant digit by one…
Last week I went from needing to burn an excess of over 200,000 calories to under 200,000 to reach my goal weight. I sit at 194 thousand and change as of now.
This week I dropped below 200 pounds, hitting 198.0 this morning means I have a shot at not going back over on a morning weigh in…. ever again, or maybe that never again part will need to be reserved until the end of next week. Once I hit the 196 range even a big salty meal at night wont push me over for the morning weigh in.
Officially my BMI today is 30.11, when I get to 197.2 pounds my BMI will be under 30. So I am on the verge of…… drum roll please…….. about to lose 0.8 more pounds.
Which means officially I will be moving from the obese category to the overweight category.
Looking ahead the only other milestones of this nature that I will hit is getting to where I need to burn less than 100,000 calories. Technically I could then count down by 10,000’s too, which might make the last push easier.
I have some other milestones that I have set as well. They are about performance.
I want to swim a 10 minute 500 meters. I am moving in on this goal. During my swim class last night I swam 10x100s on the 2:20’s. My first few were at 1:50 but this number drifted up to about 2:00 by the last one. Once I get into a groove and swim at a pace I can hold for a few hundred I hit about 2:00 for each 100. To get to my goal I need to go 550 yards in 10:00, which is 1:49 pace per 100 yards. Another thing I have going for me is that when I reach the goal I will be going all out for 550, which is much less then a normal workout. Since I will not be pacing myself to complete more, I can completely wear myself out by the end. I would expect that within a month I can do this. I will make my first attempt during my workout tomorrow morning. The main problem is that I have to swim after my running because of the pool schedule and the kid’s swimming classes, so I will not likely be breaking personal records after I wear myself out running. Once I can though it is a sure thing when I do the swim first thing like in a triathlon.
For my bike I am not sure about my goals. Until I go on a road bike I have no idea what is realistic to shoot for. Off the top of my head I know I want to go 20 mph for 11.7 miles, this is 35:06 minutes. In my tri, I did it on a hybrid bike in 43:22 which is about 16 mph. Can I make up all 4 mph with the cardio improvements I have to date and new equipment? Is it reasonable to think I can? Who knows. I can tell you one thing I will go all out to try for it. Once I see where I actually am I can then plan for how to get to 20 mph and better. According to UPS my new bike has gone 1400 of the about 2200 miles it needs to travel to get to me. (Oh come on who hasn’t loaded the UPS tracking page and then mapped out the route on google maps to see how it is progressing when they were excited about a shipment… anyone….. come on, someone else must have)
My running has been improving vastly. I just ran 4 miles at a 9:23 pace or 6.4 mph this week. I also did a 5.1 mile run that had a hill of 325 ft in the middle without stopping. So honestly I have recently made improvements faster than I would have thought possible. It wasn’t 4 weeks ago where the 4 miles took me 44 minutes, with interspersed walking. This week 37:30 minutes. My next goals would be to hit a 9:00 minute mile pace (6.7mph) and then to hit 7.0mph (8:34 pace), which means to finish my run in 35:48 and 34:18. I also want to work up to run 6.2 miles without stopping, which is 10k, which is what the olympic triathlon distance run is. The next goal after that would be 12k, which is the length of the Bloomsday run in Spokane, the world’s largest race where everyone is timed with over 50,000 people. My best time in bloomsday was when I was 10 years old, at 1 hour 20 minutes which is 5.6 mph. I walked or walked/jogged all the other years I did it. http://www.bloomsday.org/