Don’t get your hopes up. I’m talking about a different kind of streaking….
I’ve got some pretty awesome health streaks going on right now. One of my big goals for this year is to drop from my current 70.3 time of 7:25 to a sub-6:30. I do realize that is quite a drop, but I am fairly confident that I can drop sub-7 at NOLA in April. That gives me until October at Border Wars to drop the last half hour off of my time. In order to achieve this though, I need to really dedicate myself. It goes without saying that I need to throw my heart and soul into training. The better you train, the better you perform. That’s not enough to achieve my goals though which is why I’m streaking.
Generally speaking, dropping weight is equivalent to free speed. It makes sense. Put on a weighted vest and try to run a mile. It’s harder, right?
One of the few proven methods of weight loss is the tracking of food. My goal is to track all of my food each and every day in My Fitness Pal (username: EstonianRunner). My Fitness Pal is awesome since it has a huge database of food and gives you the option of just scanning the bar code of the item as well. Another tool that I have been using is a digital kitchen scale. I don’t use it religiously, but it has been extremely helpful in learning proper portion sizes. Since starting this journey, I am down about 18 pounds. I plan on being down 15 additional pounds by NOLA which will make racing easier on my body.
Weight loss is definitely not easy (for me) and I envy those of you who don’t have to worry about your weight. It’s a process that takes both time and dedication, but I’m in this for the long haul. Who knows, maybe 2016 can be the year I aim for a sub-6 hour Half Ironman or even a Full Ironman? But I’m taking things one step and one pound at a time.