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fsjjunkie

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  1. I got my +1 WIS for the mini-challenge, but have to give myself a disappointing C for the full Challenge. Full Challenge Report here.
  2. Week #6 and Challenge Final Report Goal 1: 8 hours sleep/night +1 WIS +3 CON 7.5 hours avg/night = B Goal 2: 10 Consecutive Pullups. +3 STR Working it....see Final report to see how many I made. Goal 3: Swim 11x (30 mins or more) during the challenge. 1 more swim this week..... Life Goal Basement ceiling (see last 2 challenges)....when this is completed, there will be a party. +3 CHA +2 WIS I did more Algebra this week than ceiling work. :-( Full Challenge Report Starting stats: STR:7 DEX:7.33 STA:14 CON:3 WIS:4 CHA:4 One mini challenge completed: I have my workout plan documented on TrainingPeaks.com through the end of October. +1 WIS. Life threw many additional challenges at me this time around. Bronchitis/StomachVirus/Shoulder injury/Kids back to school/Son's Baseball and Scouts starting up for fall....plus 2 races. Wow. Now I know why I'm tired. :-) Even with my poor showing by my own standards, I feel like I'm moving in the right direction. The support here is awesome and I love seeing how everybody is improving. WOOT to the community. Health/Fitness Goal 1: 8 hours sleep/night +1 WIS +3 CON Grading will be 8-9 hours = A(100); 7 - 8 = B(85); 6.5 -7 = C(70); 6 - 6.5 = D(60); <6 = FAIL(0); >9 hours = +5% to weekly average. 6 Week average 2A's 4B's, so B for the Challenge 75% of points => +1WIS; +2CON Goal 2: 10 Consecutive Pullups. +3 STR Currently, I can do 5. A = 10, B=9, C=8, D=7 Finishing Max: 7 : D 25% => +.75 STR What's promising is I can now do 3 sets of 5. When I started, it was 3 sets of 3. Goal 3: Swim 11x (30 mins or more) during the challenge. I would have picked more, but I'm out the first week with Bronchitis and the pool is closed 8/27 - 9/3. +3 WIS - Need to have my mechanics/pace/effort all ingrained before the next race. A = 11 B = 9 C = 7 D = 6 Fail = 5 or less. 7 Swim sessions C:50% => +1.5WIS Life Goal Basement ceiling (see last 2 challenges)....when this is completed, there will be a party. +3 CHA +2 WIS Grading: A = All panels in, including HVAC diffusers. B = All full panels in C = Full grid installed, 50% panels in D = Full grid installed. F = anything less. I have about 60% of the grid installed, which is quite a lot more than I started with, but far less than my goal. : F:0% OVERALL GRADE: C. Final stats: STR:7.75 DEX:7.33 STA:14 CON:5 WIS:7.5 CHA:4
  3. Smokin' ....my best half is 2:11. I did 11.9 miles yesterday in 1:50:40, and it was the longest run I've done since my last half in March. I hope to get to your speed someday.
  4. I've been told by a Garmin rep that the odometer on your bike (or car) is far more accurate than any GPS. I use mapping software or mile markers on a local trail or my bike or car odometer to get my *real* mileage.
  5. That's how it starts. First it's a 5k, then after you do a couple them and you keep getting new PRs, you go for a 10k. That seems easy, so you say, "A 10miler? Sure, what the heck? ". At that point, a half is *ONLY* 3 more miles. Then you can go 20K, 20miler, or just go straight to the Marathon. (Of course, there are those really strange people who say "why stop there? an Ultra sounds fun". Then we're talking about 50k's and 50 milers. ) Go for IT! Just increase your mileage (or your duration for about 10%) each week, and take a 20% off week about every 4th or 5th weeks. That helps you avoid injury. Do you crosstraining to keep core and arms strong, and there you go.
  6. That's the one I'm doing!!! I did the Half in DC this year and it's close to home, so I figured it was the perfect full for me to start with.
  7. Test out some options during a ride in the next week. Bananas are generally easy to digest and will top off your carbs. I do a loose paleo, and just saw a recipe for some homemade bars with rice, bacon and natural cane syrup. There were some other fat/protein additions to the bars. I don't seem to have immediate issues with anything I eat, but can tell the next day if I've strayed too far from my paleo base.
  8. Running with a friend definitely makes it easier and can actually make it fun, or at least something you look forward to. Is there any particular reason you want to make friends with running? I always hated it, too, but my ego goaded me in to signing up for a 10 mile race last year, and I haven't looked back.
  9. I'm doing my first Marathon in March 2013...2013 must be the Scout Year of the Marathon.
  10. And so it begins. The miles only get easier from here. Good work.
  11. Seems like everybody is on sparse update mode this challenge. You are really doing great on your goals. Make sure you report on your 5K and Half times. 20 mins is my next stop for 5k, but my best is 23:51, so I'm not too close. Keep working even if you aren't posting. WOOT!!
  12. Awesome job on the savings. Get your financial life in order and it makes thinking about fitness so much easier. You may miss goal 3 this time, but you've got the solution in place. Consider it a win.
  13. Pizza is SO easy and SO tasty. That's a hard one to quit. (I'm not there yet) Keep on the training...looks like you're all over it.
  14. Congrats on completing the 4 day event. That's a lot of time in the saddle. Sleep is SO important for recovery and healing. That's one of my goals this time around. Extra hard for you with school and a new job. Keep at it!
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