I started this particular post around 6 months ago. A lot has changed, a lot has happened and yet I wouldn't need to alter much to bring it up date.
from 6 months ago....
The Ups and Downs of Being a Jack-or- Jon-of-All Trades
In my own funny ways, I have tried to concentrate and focus on fewer things, both in the physical fitness world as well as my other interests and pursuits. For instance, in regards to athletics and sports type things. I have not pursued the following endeavors since being in Atlanta; rock climbing, Ultimate Frisbee, parcour, basketball, flag-football, or swimming, just to name a few things I have enjoyed in the past.
I think my "Extreme Racing", such as the Tough Mudder and Spartan Races will be quite limited, kind of" been there done" that with them at this point. They're not nearly the challenge as they are made out to be. And even the ones that keep time are not real races because of the bottlenecks that occur at obstacles. They were fun to be sure and when Mother Nature comes to play it can make it "tough", but they are very expensive and take a lot of planning just to get to the event.
For the most part I've focused on Brazilian Jiujitsu, circus arts, yoga, and "functional" fitness.
Some Things Change
And....of course, now, I've made it a goal of mine to do an Ironman next year.
"An Ironman Triathlon is one of a series of long-distance triathlon races organized by the World Triathlon Corporation (WTC) consisting of a 2.4-mile (3.86 km) swim, a 112-mile (180.25 km) bicycle ride and a marathon 26.2-mile (42.2 km) run, raced in that order and without a break." from Wikipedia
It's a bit ambitious, but it's something I've always wondered if I could do....plus its sort of a jack-of-all trades kind of an event
And in regards to the "The 12 Days of Fitness", I'm going to give it a go. A little challenge provided by Tribesports, more on that in a bit.
And Some Things Stay The Same
Unfortunately, what stays the same is the part about how hard it is to get back in shape. With the constant traveling and bouncing around from place to place, I haven't been able to do much working out at all, and with this last job, I didn't do anything physical.
It has been a hard one this time around, especially because its around the holiday season.
Exercising My Demons
It goes without saying that physical activity is important, but for me it is essential.
When I don't exercise regularly, my moods can go a little topsy turvy. You'd think knowing this would make it easier to try to get back in shape, and I suppose on some level it does.
Which is probably what prompted me in getting back into everything all at once. I tried to go slowly but got impatient and frustrated which led to a goodly amount of aches and pains.
The Good: It's not boring. You can train more because you're using your muscles in different ways. Less likely to suffer from over-training.
The Bad: You can not excel at everything. Because you're not focusing on one activity, it takes longer and is harder to improve, which can be super frustrating.
The Ugly: A lot like the bad. It has taken me forever and a day to get to be a purple belt in jiujitsu and years after doing aerial silks and trapeze, I still feel like a beginner. And even though the over-training issues are less, I'm still ridiculously sore and doing all sorts of self-massage, baths and ointment rubs to take the edge off.
Inspiration, Here and There and Everywhere
So lately I welcome any and all sorts of ways to get motivation. Skye's been running with me lately which is wonderful. I signed the three of us up to run the End of the World 5K, on 12-21-2012 .
I read somewhere that making your goals and training public can help you stick with it, peer pressure I guess. So I often post on facebook, this blog of course and sites like Tribesports and fitocracy
Sometimes I run across a video clip.
I've got one foot in the door with this Tribesports group. It's fun but like facebook can begin to take up time better spent training.
Tribesports is a social network targeted at helping and motivating people to do more in their sports.
Users can join Tribes based on their sports interests, location, playing position, ability level and attitude, and can get advice and insights from sports people like them. They can also discover and set new sports and training goals by taking on Challenges, either organized events, or general sports Challenges, taking inspiration from others on the site and being motivated to do more in sports.
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