Monday, April 6, 2020

Training Amidst COVID19

Now in the latter half of this government-imposed COVID19 quarantine, I'm making do with training whenever I can.

I'm glad I have an indoor bike trainer setup which enables me to continue base building on my bike form and fitness. With a Trainerroad subscription coupled with a smart strainer (plus with a LOOOT of free time in my hands), I'm still riding.

See the source imageThe one that got hit are my runs, which I'm unfortunately limited to 1 or 2 times a week. I found a small 1k loop in our neighborhood which I try to run on with special attention to #socialdistancing. The loop gets ever boring as the kms tick away so a long run is not really in the cards for me. I'm able to compensate, somewhat, by including dumbbell strength training and HIIT workouts in the week. These are very short indoor workouts but I'm banking on them to help complement my cardio based workouts.

I'm ever positive about this quarantine setup as it'll help reduce unnecessary COVID19 transmissions. Hopefully, a vaccine is made soon.

Take care!

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Still Here...2020 version

My right knee has recovered about 95% now as evidenced by my training logs. Thanks to foam rollers, a lot of zone2 training, AAAND a lot of rest when I think I need to (and also when I don't need to, hahaha), CTL is now at 30 (from a low of 25-27). It's still low from the usual 50s when I'm race ready but I'll take the slow but sure progress.

A big boost was also my once a week bike-to-work on my son's 27.5 MTB from Carti. Pace is slow due to the heavy bike and traffic but it's still good exercise that gives my bike CTL a good lift for the week.

Before last night I was still doubtful that I'm race ready for anything, but thanks to my officemate/duathlete Vernier a.k.a. The Cannibal he was able to get me a race slot for the upcoming Clark Global Dua this March 29th.

The 6k-60k-4k distance was tempting but I knew I won't be able to race that long with my current form and fitness. Thus I decided to take the short version, 3k-30k-2k, as my first race of the season. The distance should be more than manageable but I will have to train (cautiously) for the pace.

And it's another ride on the SCTEX....why reject the invite? 😁😁😁

Monday, January 27, 2020

The only way is UP!

I had been sidelined for about 2 weeks now as my right knee has been showing signs of aging, no thanks too much basketball (but I love you Kobe, RIP!). Slowly, I'm inching my way back to regular training, being careful not to exert too much effort so that I don't injure it again.

I can feel some 'looseness' on my right knee which constantly prompts me that I may have to see a doctor (ortho?) if there has been any serious damage, but my busy work/family sked is just getting in the way. I will have to allot some time for this before it gets any worse.

But definitely, I may have to stop playing basketball, sadly, permanently.

My CTL is at it's worse (27!) so I really have to get back into training. I'm trying to look for a race to sign up to, whether a 10k or 21k run, a duathlon, or a cycling race (there's a bike race in March so I'm looking into that one) to keep me motivate.

Hopefully all goes well (training and knee-wise) on my next post...

Sunday, January 5, 2020

Vacation's Over

And just like that, it's the year 2020.

Happy New Year....

...and my TP CTL is STILL at 35. I managed to get a few workout streaks here and there last month but, coupled with the holiday feasting and vacations, I couldn't keep it consistent.

So here I am again, at the start of the year, trying to get out of this losing slump and get back in (racing) shape.

Need to focus. Come on man!!!


Sunday, December 15, 2019

Craving for Motivation

Almost 2 months since my last post, and my CTL has dropped miserably to 35.

My goal was to reach 60 by the end of 2019 so I guess that's already out of the picture no thanks to laziness, lack of motivation, late nights due to work (and recently: xmas parties).

My annual medical blood work came out last week and it has supported the fitness drop as my cholesterol levels are very high.

Not. Good.

I need to stop this endless drop to the abyss of laziness and demotivation, and start working out more regularly again.

Ahhhhhgggggghhhh!!!! Nakakatamaaaad! Ahhhhgggghhh....