jonfirestar

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About jonfirestar

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  • Birthday 11/09/1982

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  1. jonfirestar

    JonFirestar: First Steps

    Week 3, Wednesday! I didn't sleep well last night so I'm really quite tired but I want to get back into these updates. Lose Weight 2338 calories Good day. Yesterday was also good. Run all the Miles 4 mile easy run into the gym. 59.7/150 Lift all the Things Bench day Week 2 Exercise Sets Reps Weight AMRP Bench 1 2 54.44 1 2 60.72 4 5 64.91 10 Incline Press 5 5 24 Pull Up 5 4 0 6 Bent Over Row 1 3 51.975 1 3 59.4 1 3 66.825 6 Pull UP Volume 5 10 60 Curl 5 8 35 Croc Row 3 8 28 Tricep Pulldown 3 10 27.5 OCR Practice NA Sleep Restriction Therapy complied. Read Not done yet. I'm going to read a page now just to get some done. Write  this has been a big fail
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    B.R.U.T.A.L.

    Let's do this! A strongman event really would be awesome. I'd love to give that ago and it really should be a meetup!
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    Under the Bridge 3.0

    Give it the hardest Rangering of it's life!
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    jstanlick attempts to heal and carry on

    Yes please, whatever you do don't try and match my numbers with those ribs of yours! I'd welcome the competition when you do get there though
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    B.R.U.T.A.L.

    So you are blaming me for your weak ass lifts? You know I also am lifting during a lot of those conversations just sayin Okay I do have some catching up to do I've upped my wilks in the Squat to 119 and I need to crunch the numbers from my bench this morning to see where I am at. I'm not sure that one changed.
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    JonFirestar: First Steps

    Update. So I fell off the face of the planet for a few days.So let's just do a quick catch up to where we are today. I took some time off work and had Friday, through Tuesday off. I had some things to do during that time. One of them was a checkup for diabetes since I'm at an incredibly high risk of developing it. Thankfully still no sign. My chances have reduced to about 1 in 10 over the next ten years. Those odds suck but the reduction is welcome. On top of that the official verdict according to the NHS is that I'm no longer considered Obese! That is great news That whole business has been playing on my anxiety over the weekend along with a whole slew of other more internal factors and some high home stress. Nevertheless on Saturday I went to the National Running Show with @Rhovaniel. @Charlie_Quinn was also due to attend but she had other things that she needed to take care of so it was just Rho and I that stomped our way into the great big hall and fought through the crowds. I brought a lot of gels. Some really tasty flapjacks and some 2xU shorts, calf sleeves and some books, on running of course We saw one of the talks from a running Youtuber that Rho and I both like and we had lunch at the Weatherspoons inside the NEC. In all it was a really good and fun day. I really like spending time with Rho. The crowds were a little overwhelming for an introvert such as myself and Rho but it was okay. There is a possibility that I might be able to get a deal on the Spartan Ultra in Scotland off of the back of it but nothing firm just yet. So Food has been so so. Sometimes good sometimes a little bad but I'm not wholly unhappy with it overall. I'm making a new push to get back on top of things with my food. I've relaxed just a little too much and I really don't want to do that right now. Gym and runs have been happening. I don't skip workouts unless I have a really good reason to do so. That's just a thing. Sleep is going well. I didn't sleep well last night but there were some mitigating circumstances (which I won't go into) that meant I was a little anxious and on edge when I got to bed. But in all I've been sleeping better. Not perfectly but I have been able to get back to sleep when I wake up more often.
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    JonFirestar: First Steps

    Yeah. It would be so much easier if it would just follow a linear trajectory at least then you can predict it and plot it. You are right. Or at least my anecdotal experiences would support this theory. I'm trying to make the most of this upswing while it lasts!
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    Rhovaniel: A year of Questing, part I

    It was a lot of fun to wander around the show with you on Saturday. I know the crowds overwhelmed us both a little bit since we are quite similarly introverted but I had so much fun
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    Comfy and Cozy Kestrel

    Awesome. Winter is so hit and miss here that it's hard to justify the expense of a pair of shoes just for running on ice (some years we don't see any and other years the roads are slick and deadly with a centimeter of the stuff). I can confirm the frustration . It is really hard dealing with injury. Especially when there is something really big and scary on the horizon that you are desperate to get ready for, but look, Kestrel, your race isn't until the end of June. You have 22 weeks to build from where you are now (and you are far from square one right now) to where you need to be for that race. That is a long time to get yourself ready to go that distance. More importantly it's enough time. I have no doubt that you have the grit but even without the injury I'd tell you to take it as slowly as you can and build into the mileage you want for the race. Your plan for progressing your runs over the next few weeks is a good one. Just go with it. It would been nice if you were able to add some higher intensity runs before then but but it isn't necessary. The necessary thing is for you to start slowly building your runs and for you to continue your strength training.
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    Operation Fly By Night

    Of course I"m going to be here to see you through this! I still have a lot more for you, I've just been a little short of time. I can definitely give you some ideas about how to do this.
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    JonFirestar: First Steps

    Oh totally not necessary. I even said that this morning when @Charlie_Quinn asked if I'd figured out what I wanted to do. It's also why I'm probably (read certainly) going to scrap it at least until I run my strength phase though at the end of February. After that I want to be doing more conditioning and less powerlifting and it becomes a bit of a moot point.
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    JonFirestar: First Steps

    Thanks. I feel like it's happening about a year later than I'd hoped but I'm just happy that it's happening. Week 2, Wednesday! Yet another busy day but I have no work on Friday this week and I am fricken excited about that! Days have been pretty average with little to say about anything. Lose Weight 2403 calories Same as yesterday more or less. I'm feeling hungrier than I did yesterday but I've also been phenomenally more active. Run all the Miles 4 mile easy run into the gym. I added this run in today. It took a little forcing but I"m happy I did it. I'm trying to increase my mileage a bit without increasing stress by too much. This is a bit of a compromise to make that happen. It just means I need to stack less miles elsewhere. 59.7/150 Lift all the Things Bench day Week 1 Exercise Sets Reps Weight AMRAP Bench 6 5 58.625 10 Incline Press 5 5 22 Pull Up 5 4 0 5 Bent Over Row 1 5 48.2625 1 5 55.6875 1 5 63.1125 8 Pull UP Volume 5 10 65 Curl 5 8 32.5 Croc Row 3 8 26 Tricep Pulldown 3 10 25 OCR Practice I'd have liked to have done a conditioning workout but I ran out of time. I think I might be forced to scrap this altogether for the time being. Sleep Restriction Therapy complied. Read Not done yet. I ran to work and forgot to bring my book and couldn't read on the way home. Write  I failed week 1, but I will try and get something out this week.
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    B.R.U.T.A.L.

    Hurry up and catch up It's going to be 2 more weeks before I do a session that'll really extend my numbers so you have time!
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    jstanlick attempts to heal and carry on

    That is exactly how running works, if you are doing it properly anyway your stride rate will remain pretty darn constant and the thing that changes is your stride length. It sort of means that the guesstimation from Garmin is always going to be wrong. The suunto I have doesn't have the option to set the stride rate. It get's it wildly wrong when I'm walking on the treadmill but does a much better job when I'm running. It always overshoots though. That's pretty awesome! I remember you talking about starting a blog a while back. It's great to see something come to fruition.
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    JonFirestar: First Steps

    You know I sort of wish I could do that. Not that I would tbf. I've got a huge ambition for this year and I'm going to do the work I need to do to give myself the best shot of making it happen. Honestly it's less complex than it seems. I'm either separating out and mitigating stresses or increasing specific stress. I currently double up 2 days in my training. With Monday and Wednesday both consisting of a run and a lifting workout. I approach them a bit differently however. Monday is a lower body leg workout. The bulk of the work consists of heavy squats and fast sprints. Both of these are high stress activities and focus on the same body area so the idea here is simply to increase the intensity of the specific stressors. The day after is a rest day and the next moderate lower body workout (in the form of a threshold workout) doesn't happen until Thursday. There is a strong argument that i should be doing the run before I lift but the reality of the situation at my gym means that I just won't do it that way round. The Wednesday run, is a slow easy run into the gym. This one is meant to be at a much more recovery effort and is just a way of me adding and expanding my mileage without stacking too many miles together (I'm looking to increase my mileage to a much, much higher extent than you should even be considering adding a 5th run is a way to decrease the risk of doing so). This run has minimal impact on my workout because, for me, an easy 4 mile run really is a recovery effort and takes very little out of me. The workout on Wednesday is focused on upper body movements. So the answer really is. I added my hard run on a day when it would compliment and not oppose the strength goal for that day and my easy run I put on a day when I wouldn't be needing my legs to do very much. Thanks I really want to keep growing and getting better My weight rebounded a little in the wake of increasing my carb intake. Not by much and but a little. I think I will go under this PB. though, it's 89kg. I'm also getting to the point where I'm not really sure what I'm aiming for. I don't really have a 'goal weight' in mind. Not really lovely, but decent enough.