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The Countdown to Awesome

181 Days to Oblivion!


 

There is no theme this time round. Just a plain look at my goals and what I am going to do to make them happen. My goal for 2019 is simple. Qualify for OCRWC as a 'Pro'. There are a number of ways to do this but there is one that I think I actually have a real shot at. That is Nuclear Oblivion. Nuclear Oblivion is a lapped OCR of around 14k per lap. It's very obstacle heavy but the course is largely flat and consists of ploughed fields and nicely wide forest paths.

 

The qualification standards for OCRWC is 3 laps for an age group placing and 4 laps for a 'Pro' placing. I am aiming for 4 laps of this sucker. Based on last years course that would be 34 miles of muddy OCR goodness in 8.5 hours! That is not an easy goal but it's one I believe I can do, with the right preparation!.

 

As of today, Monday 19th November 2018 we have 181 days until Nuclear Oblivion. I'm counting today as Week 1, Day 1 of my Oblivion training program!

 

Thanks to illness last challenge was a little lacklustre in the end but I'm feeling well again and I'm ready to hit things hard.

 

Eat to Help your Goals, not Harm them.

 

I am obese. There is no real way to flowering that up :)  What I am able to get my body to do is amazing but to reach the goals I want to reach being so overweight is not going to help.  I've lost a lot of weight and I've broken through my weight loss plateau that has been haunting me this year. I am getting very close to losing the obese label. My bout of sickness caused me to overeat more than I'd like and drove my weight up a bit but I'm still lower than where I was stuck for most of the year and I've recently sized down! Removing the last X from my clothes labels. I am now simply a 'Large' and considering I started out this whole thing with at least 3 of those Xs I cannot say how happy I am to get rid of that last one! Even if it is costing me a fortune! 

 

This goal is simple. Eat between 2300-2400 calories per day. I don't want any 'cheat days' but I will allow this limit to go up to 3000 (which is around maintenance) on my Long Run day. Exact numbers may vary. Over Christmas itself I’m not going to track and I have a day out with some really, really awesome (if slightly crazy) Rangers mid december and I’m probably not going to track that meal!

 

Track everything

Eat 2300-2400 calories

Record weight daily (this is going to be controversial I just like doing it this way because the data is better and it gives a much clearer picture of what is happening long term. If you cannot help but directly link that number to your self worth do not do this!).

 

Run

No surprises here

 

4 Runs per week. 2 Quality sessions, 1 long run. One Recovery run. Simple.

 

Run 120 Miles.

This goal is a little random. The time limit is December 31 and it should be something I knock out fairly easily. This goal is here simply because 120 miles is what I need to run in order to reach 1000 miles this calendar year! In theory my mileage is more than enough and so long as I can stay injury free it should just happen.

 

Strength Work

I happen to have more than enough time to run through an entire 16 week strength program without any breaks. My goal is to do that! Obviously that isn't happening this challenge but  I can do the first mesocycle. It has been a long time since I've been able to look at 4 weeks of uninterrupted training, let alone 16! 

 

Lift heavy 3 days per week.

Sounds easy enough.

Conditioning workout 1 time per week


 

OCR Type Stuff

I need to get better at obstacles so the following needs to happen. 

 

Climb 1 time per week. Tentatively this is going to be Thursday night but I’m still unsure where to place it in my week.

 

Arrange and execute a trip to an OCR Gym during the Challenge. I want to make this a regular 1x time per month thing. It is going to be important to practice and get better at obstacles.


 

Mince Pie List

I’m shamelessly stealing this idea from @Xena :) except rather than the relatively healthy Sushi reward my reward for completing the list will be to be allowed to cook a batch of mince pies. I like mince pies. Only 1 batch mind you and I’m not allowed to eat them all myself. 

 

  1. Finish Registering for Climbing Gym (commit).
  2. Sort out closet and donate of any clothes that are too big
  3. Donate or chuck old running shoes.
  4. Clear out rest of closet (it’s a very atypically huge closet for the UK and we have 2 of them so this is my own mess).
  5. Buy secret Santa gifts. I’m participating in 2 secret Santa’s this year. One may or may not have something to do with certain Rangers. I haven’t got the foggiest idea of what to get but I’m probably not going to say what it is here :lol: 

 

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2019 Roadmap

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" Always aim for something stupidly crazy." - Charlie Quinn

2019 Races: Cliveden MTR 06/01 | Nuts Challenge 02/03 | Reading Half Marathon 17/03 | W.A.R 27/04 | RRDW 11/05 | Nuclear Oblivion 19/05 | Man vs Lakes 20/07 | Spartan Trifecta Weekend 05-06/10 | OCRWC 11-13/10

 

Current Challenge: First Steps

Previous Challenges: 12 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18 | 19 | 20 | 21 | 22 | 23 | 24

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Following and excited to see your victories!

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5 hours ago, deftona said:

Following as always, you've done some awesome things this year Jon!

Thanks! I've accomplished almost all the goals I set for myself this year so I cannot say that I'm unhappy with where I am :) 

 

4 hours ago, TimovieMan said:

Following with interest!

 

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4 hours ago, Salinger said:

Following of course, go smash the end of the year, you have done amazing things, love you xx

 

There probably won't be much smashing. I'm aiming more for the beginning of a consistent build but thanks Lizz!

 

4 hours ago, Tanktimus the Encourager said:

Following as per our agreement to look at each other's threads periodically and post when we can.

It's always good to have you Tank! 

 

4 hours ago, Arkania said:

Whooooot? 4x14k OCR? :o

This is SO cool!

So, following!

 

My estimate is that it's about 55k or 34 miles based on the gps track for the single loop I did this summer. So yeah kind of intense. I've one 50k ultra under my belt so there is a reason I'm aiming for this one. :) 

 

3 hours ago, Kestrel Grey said:

Following and excited to see your victories!

 

Thanks :) here begins the long slow build to something exceptionally epic next October! I'm too excited! 

 

16 minutes ago, iatetheyeti said:

Of course I'm following along :D

Of course I'm happy to have you here! 

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2019 Roadmap

Spoiler

 

" Always aim for something stupidly crazy." - Charlie Quinn

2019 Races: Cliveden MTR 06/01 | Nuts Challenge 02/03 | Reading Half Marathon 17/03 | W.A.R 27/04 | RRDW 11/05 | Nuclear Oblivion 19/05 | Man vs Lakes 20/07 | Spartan Trifecta Weekend 05-06/10 | OCRWC 11-13/10

 

Current Challenge: First Steps

Previous Challenges: 12 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18 | 19 | 20 | 21 | 22 | 23 | 24

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Week 0, Monday! 

 

181 Days to Oblivion. 

 

Let's get this party started. Today was a good day. Work was quiet and pretty relaxed. It's dragging towards Christmas and emergencies aside things will slowly grind to a halt by mid December January will be busy mind. 

 

For those following my last challenge I'm happy to report that after 3 weeks of feeling sick I'm finally almost completely back to normal. Today marked the first day in weeks where I didn't have a coughing fit immediately on waking up! The cough isn't completely gone but it is almost completely gone. 

 

Eat to Help your Goals, not Harm them.

 

2407 calories. I consider this a win. I'm not going to worry about 7 calories when I know I'm not nearly accurate to within 7 calories. Today was an intense workout and so I purposely aimed for the higher end of the range. 

 

Everything was tracked

Weight today was exactly 100kg

 

Run

 

First run of the week was 3.45 miles on the dreadmill after lifting. Included 6x 1:30 minute intervals at 14.0-14.5 kph (this is about 6:50-6:40 mile pace) interestingly this is faster than what I was able to hold these same intervals for last week when I did the run outside. How much of that is because the treadmill is easier or just off I don't know.  2:30 rest between intervals. 

 

The last 1.5k I added in 3 short 30 second hill reps keeping a steady 10kph speed for the entire thing. 

 

Strength Work

 

Squat day. 

Back Squats:

4x10x75kg 

1x20x75kg 

 

Lunges

Front Squats

Split Squats

Calf Raises

Single Legged RDL 

 

Fairly intense lower body workout. High volume and reps for now. Everything felt good. 20 Reps  for my amrap at 75kg (165lbs). 

 

OCR Type Stuff

 

None today

 

Mince Pie List

 

Not Started.

 

 

 

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2019 Roadmap

Spoiler

 

" Always aim for something stupidly crazy." - Charlie Quinn

2019 Races: Cliveden MTR 06/01 | Nuts Challenge 02/03 | Reading Half Marathon 17/03 | W.A.R 27/04 | RRDW 11/05 | Nuclear Oblivion 19/05 | Man vs Lakes 20/07 | Spartan Trifecta Weekend 05-06/10 | OCRWC 11-13/10

 

Current Challenge: First Steps

Previous Challenges: 12 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18 | 19 | 20 | 21 | 22 | 23 | 24

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you're amazingly consistent and you train really hard. (I know this because I stalk you on Strava). I know you've got this.

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Here to watch you crush that 1,000 mile goal to finish out this epic year

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12 hours ago, Tanktimus the Encourager said:

I'm glad you're feeling better.

Me too, that was really getting me down! 

 

11 hours ago, Maigahane said:

Following along! Yay for finally feeling better and double Yay for getting rid of the last X on your shirts!

Thanks :) always happy to have you around!

 

8 hours ago, Cheetah said:

I'll be around.  ;-)

Why not acube? 

 

8 hours ago, DJtrippyT said:

you're amazingly consistent and you train really hard. (I know this because I stalk you on Strava). I know you've got this.

Does it count as stalking when I can see you doing it? Besides there is some mutual stalking going on ;) The truth is I've been really consistent with running and less so with everything else. I'm hoping to keep up all the things while I'm in the off season for racing. 

 

3 hours ago, WhiteGhost said:

Here to watch you crush that 1,000 mile goal to finish out this epic year

Thanks, good to have you. Last year I missed out narrowly thanks to overtraining. I'm not doing quite as much and I'm a lot fitter this year so hopefully I won't sabotage myself again! 

 

2 hours ago, Salinger said:

Great day there Jon, hope you have another good one today xx

I've been having many crappy ones recently. It's nice to have a win! Time to rebuild some momentum!

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2019 Roadmap

Spoiler

 

" Always aim for something stupidly crazy." - Charlie Quinn

2019 Races: Cliveden MTR 06/01 | Nuts Challenge 02/03 | Reading Half Marathon 17/03 | W.A.R 27/04 | RRDW 11/05 | Nuclear Oblivion 19/05 | Man vs Lakes 20/07 | Spartan Trifecta Weekend 05-06/10 | OCRWC 11-13/10

 

Current Challenge: First Steps

Previous Challenges: 12 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18 | 19 | 20 | 21 | 22 | 23 | 24

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23 hours ago, jonfirestar said:

Finish Registering for Climbing Gym (commit).

 

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Niiiiice! I'm excited to hear about these climbing reports! Oblivion sounds tough, and I don't doubt you'll hit the 'Pro' part and make those 4 laps your biotch ;)

 

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6 minutes ago, Wolfpool said:

 

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Niiiiice! I'm excited to hear about these climbing reports!

 

Well, I've gone once so far :P and had a newbie lesson so that's the first step. That was a week and a half ago. I intended on going back last week but ended up not and if I'm honest I was using my lingering illness as an excuse (not necessarily a bad excuse). So my plan is to go Thursday night for bouldering. RangerBrain is playing havoc on the timing though so this is a little experiment to see if it's on the right day. There also might be a UK Ranger Bouldering meetup happening some time this challenge ;) 

 

13 minutes ago, Wolfpool said:

Oblivion sounds tough, and I don't doubt you'll hit the 'Pro' part and make those 4 laps your biotch ;)

Qualifying as an elite for the OCR World Championships would be pretty sick! I like crazy lofty goals. 

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2019 Roadmap

Spoiler

 

" Always aim for something stupidly crazy." - Charlie Quinn

2019 Races: Cliveden MTR 06/01 | Nuts Challenge 02/03 | Reading Half Marathon 17/03 | W.A.R 27/04 | RRDW 11/05 | Nuclear Oblivion 19/05 | Man vs Lakes 20/07 | Spartan Trifecta Weekend 05-06/10 | OCRWC 11-13/10

 

Current Challenge: First Steps

Previous Challenges: 12 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18 | 19 | 20 | 21 | 22 | 23 | 24

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On 11/19/2018 at 9:40 AM, jonfirestar said:

Removing the last X from my clothes labels. I am now simply a 'Large' and considering I started out this whole thing with at least 3 of those Xs I cannot say how happy I am to get rid of that last one! Even if it is costing me a fortune! 

 

Dude this is an amazing thing right here and just goes to show how hard you work and how unstoppable you are.  I'll say it every challenge, I'm still in awe of how much you accomplish!!

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1 hour ago, shaar said:

 

Dude this is an amazing thing right here and just goes to show how hard you work and how unstoppable you are.  I'll say it every challenge, I'm still in awe of how much you accomplish!!

Thanks Shaar, I try. I don't accomplish everything but I do like to set lofty goals and then put in the work to get it done! 

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2019 Roadmap

Spoiler

 

" Always aim for something stupidly crazy." - Charlie Quinn

2019 Races: Cliveden MTR 06/01 | Nuts Challenge 02/03 | Reading Half Marathon 17/03 | W.A.R 27/04 | RRDW 11/05 | Nuclear Oblivion 19/05 | Man vs Lakes 20/07 | Spartan Trifecta Weekend 05-06/10 | OCRWC 11-13/10

 

Current Challenge: First Steps

Previous Challenges: 12 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18 | 19 | 20 | 21 | 22 | 23 | 24

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Hello, Oblivion Buddy!

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10 minutes ago, Charlie_Quinn said:

Hello, Oblivion Buddy!

Why hello. I feel like you are the slightly more realistic Oblivion buddy :lol: I might have quoted you when I rewrote my signature. 

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2019 Roadmap

Spoiler

 

" Always aim for something stupidly crazy." - Charlie Quinn

2019 Races: Cliveden MTR 06/01 | Nuts Challenge 02/03 | Reading Half Marathon 17/03 | W.A.R 27/04 | RRDW 11/05 | Nuclear Oblivion 19/05 | Man vs Lakes 20/07 | Spartan Trifecta Weekend 05-06/10 | OCRWC 11-13/10

 

Current Challenge: First Steps

Previous Challenges: 12 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18 | 19 | 20 | 21 | 22 | 23 | 24

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15 minutes ago, jonfirestar said:

Why hello. I feel like you are the slightly more realistic Oblivion buddy :lol: I might have quoted you when I rewrote my signature. 

 

I'm smiling a very big smile right now. That's so cool! 

 

Edit: Thanks for the reminder to re-write my signature. I've got a whole new list of races to put in there! :D

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2020 Races: 
CANCELLED! Spartan Trifecta: Beast: 18-APR / Super :11-JUL / Sprint: 12-JUL

Summer Nuts: 5/6-SEPT / Nuclear Blast: 12-SEPT / Nuclear team race: 04-OCT 

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3 hours ago, Charlie_Quinn said:

I'm smiling a very big smile right now. That's so cool! 

I'll take that as a good job done then! That statement embodies my entire philosophy right now. All the better that it came from the woman who gave me the push I needed to get started! It might be missing a #blamecharlie ;)

 

 

 

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2019 Roadmap

Spoiler

 

" Always aim for something stupidly crazy." - Charlie Quinn

2019 Races: Cliveden MTR 06/01 | Nuts Challenge 02/03 | Reading Half Marathon 17/03 | W.A.R 27/04 | RRDW 11/05 | Nuclear Oblivion 19/05 | Man vs Lakes 20/07 | Spartan Trifecta Weekend 05-06/10 | OCRWC 11-13/10

 

Current Challenge: First Steps

Previous Challenges: 12 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18 | 19 | 20 | 21 | 22 | 23 | 24

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