Thursday, April 30, 2009

I am back...

I know that I dropped off the radar for a while and there is a good reason for this.. I am a new father. That's right my wife and I are new parents and that brings it's own challenges and joys.

Just to recap since I started this the following things have happened: I took a new job, my Dad died, My wifes' Dad died, I got attacked by a dog, My wife had Major knee surgery, Hurricane Gustav put a tree on my house and we became new parents. I don't think I left anything out but I probably did.

I basically had to lay off the entire program as it was structured and delay getting the six pack. During this time I trained for my Triathlon that I had mentioned in previous posts. I can say on April 5th I completed a half ironman in 8 hours and 4 minutes. That is a total of 70.3 miles. 1.2 mile swim 56 mile bike and 13.1 mile run. Yes that's right I did it.

I was one of the largest/heaviest people to compete. I didnt' see anyone any bigger than me.
I trained for this like an animal. My cardio exercise was up to about 3 hours a day some days.

During the week I would typically get up in the morning at 4am and swim 1.2 miles in the pool. After work I would do a spin class for an hour and then run 5 or 6 miles. I did this for a couple of months.

After all that time I learned one thing. DIET IS EVERYTHING! It really is. I know this because I didn't lose an ounce the entire time. I ran my triathlon weighing 265 pounds. I think I actually gained weight. I was dumbfounded. I was actually eating what I thought was pretty healthy. I found out during all of this that I am carb "sensitive". What I mean by that is even though my caloric intake was less than my output, I didn't lose weight. I know this seems like a mathmatical impossibility but it is true.

I am now done with my triathlon and I still want my six pack. I told you all this might take a while and it has. I don't quit very well and I am going to see this through..

Stay tuned.