There is nothing like it in life. The first snow of the season always seems to bring out the child in you. Seeing the flakes falling gently from the sky. At first melting immediately as they hit the ground, then with time even the ground gives up and allows the snow to stay. Feelings of excitement start from deep inside your heart. Winter is around the corner, training schedules change from here until spring. Indoor cycles, treadmills and stairclimbers are beginning to warm up. Life takes on a new cycle, healing, preparing and planning for the next race season.
Today is a rest day. I figured I should take one. I have been feeling a little over trained lately. Feeling sluggish and tired. My appetite has been good, I think my caloric intake has been maintained lately, with my weight holding around 178lbs. I did do a skin caliper test last night. I used the 7 site method and came up with a Body Fat Percentage of 8.25%
Now knowing that number I feel a little better about my weight gain from 170 - 180. I thought I was putting on fat, even with my increased activity and training the number was not going down. Now I can attribute the weight gain to the addition of swimming and cycling for the past 3 months. The added exercise and weight training of my upper body has increased my weight in muscle vs fat. I have noticed a bit more definition in my upper body especially in my shoulders and lats.
Starting this weekend, my training is ramping up a notch with lot's of long hillwork for the next few weeks. I won't be on the bike as much, which I will miss, but I do need to concentrate on running uphill hard. Anyone looking to run the RimRockRun in Grand Junction, CO or just looking for information on the run can find it at www.rimrockrun.org
. I recently received an e-mail from the committee and they are looking for a new Director for next year. Otherwise they will have to cancel the race next year. Interested? Living in Colorado? Please send an e-mail to the committee at firstname.lastname@example.org