Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Is That All?


I got in from my run this morning and plugged my favorite toy/tool into my PC. My Garmin 305 has been on my wrist for every single training ride and run since I started my triathlon dreams in January. It has been a constant reminder that I am getting faster and in better shape.

As I reviewed my run from this morning, I was disappointed to see that I was slower and had a higher heart rate than the last few runs. Not sure what that's about - but I will keep an eye on it and see if I can bounce back in the morning.

I was looking at some comparisions between today and older runs when I clicked on the "Running" heading at the side of the page. I hadn't realized that the software was keeping a running tally of all my training. It's cool that it does, but what I read didn't make me happy.

Here's what I learned:

* Running - 194.7 miles and 33,127 calories burned this year

* Biking - 491.5 miles and 40,912 calories burned this year

* MultiSport - 159.2 miles and15,998 calories burned this year.

* Total - 845.4 miles and 90,037 calories burned this year

I don't know what totals I was expecting - but this doesn't seem like enough. It's a bad comparision but the Ultramarathon Man, Dean Karnazes has covered that running distance in one race! Clearly, I needed to find a more positive spin on this data!

My next stop was Mircosoft Streets and Trips. Why? I was curious how far I would have made it if I had gone "Forest Gump" and just started running at the beginning of the year. The answer, I would be a couple of miles outside of Lake Charles, Louisiana. Hey, that sounds better!

Next question - what about the calories? Well this is cool! I have burned the equivilant of 1664 Oreo Cookies! I'm not sure how many packages that is - but it's a lot! My other favorite "bad food" is Brown Sugar Frosted Cinnamon Pop Tarts - I've burned 450 of those. Last, but not least is the foot long Dairy Queen Chili Cheese Dog. Feel free to beat me down for this one - but I do love a good chili dog. So, I have burned the equivalent of 127 Super Dogs!

Now I feel good about the numbers! I could be sitting on my butt eating Oreos, Pop Tarts and Super Dogs, or I can be moving through Louisiana getting better every day! I like the second option. I wonder how long it will take me to reach the Pacific Ocean???








Take care friends!

kbc2

4 comments:

  1. 90,000 calories is 26 or so pounds. Just think, dont take in a whole lot more than you used to and the pounds will float away.

    Also, at our ages dont put a lot of weight into the times. You only set yourself up to get hurt, which I did last Monday (but I was wearing new shoes)

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  2. I looked it up...the average 20oz. bag of oreo's has 21 cookies. Yep, that's 32.62 packages of oreos.

    Well done!!!

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  3. Perspective is everything. That's 90,000 calories and 800 odd miles you WOULDN'T have done had you stayed on the couch.
    Comparing yourself to Karnazes is setting the bar a bit high...how many people could do what he's done?
    Oh that's right.
    He's the only one.
    EVER. : D

    Given your current post about being sick, it's evident to me (with that wonderful 20/20 hindsight we all possess) that your body was fighting a bug on the day you wrote this. You weren't symptomatic yet, but your pulse was up, and your times weren't what you expected. A good reminder for us to be kind to ourselves as we train, and not assume that these fluctuations mean we're doing something wrong. Quite the opposite: your body was already working overtime!
    Congrats on a great training record!

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