At the end of last year’s training season, I could not believe the transformation I could see on myself in just 4 short months. It made me wish I had taken before and after photos so I could really measure the change. So I decided I’d do that this year, the year of my first Half Ironman.
This month marks the first week of real training (i.e., paying money for spoon-fed
ass-kicking workouts from a coach) for me. So this entry will mark my baseline from where I start. While I hate having my picture taken with a fury of a thousand hells, sometimes visual examples are best. But for those of you (like me) who require more concrete data, I have also some numbers for you chew on. My employer offers a service that takes a few health measurements, so I will obtain those as I go along too.
Blood Pressure: 128/78
Body Fat: 20.3%
Fat weight: 27lbs
Lean (fat-free) weight: 108lbs
Total Body Water: 37.13 Liters, or 59.8%
At the end of last season, I loved how fit I was but I started to get a little too thin in some areas. Since this year’s training will last at least twice as long as last season, I had one goal and that was put on a little bit of weight in the off season so I had something to lose. Normally this is not an issue for me, and I managed to put on about 5 extra pounds and added a little extra fluff to my mid-section.
It is very important to note that this series of posts is not about losing weight. In fact, if it’s anything like last season, I may remain the exact same weight, but things like blood pressure or body fat may change, and more importantly my shape and muscles may change. I am a perfectly happy, healthy individual and do not feel the need to change anything.