The Top 3 Things It REALLY TAKES To Get And Stay Fit
I’m a 52 year old husband, father of 3 and multiple business owner and I am super fit. I don’t say that to brag but anyone who trains with me or near me can validate that (leave a comment about that below if you don’t mind). Fitness has been my life calling:
…from watching the Olympics at 9 years old “deciding” I was going to be a runner. I ran to the next town over and then ran back. I didn’t know that the town (Gerald, Mo) was 4 miles away from home (Rosebud, Mo)
…to swimming at St. Louis University (NCAA Division 1)
…to doing my first Mountain Bike Race called Leadville 100 MTB in Colorado last year (103 miles with 11,000 feet of climbing)
…to doing a 200 Mile Gravel Bike Race called Dirty Kanza 200 (200 miles with 13,000 feet of climbing)
Here is my most recent “run” - I don’t train every day but I’ve noticed that as I get older - days off cost me mobility. So I usually take days off when I travel.
Day 1 - August 26 - Aikido - 1 hour 39 minutes - 68 TSS
Day 2 - August 27 - Aikido - 1 hour 20 minutes - 51 TSS
Day 3 - August 28 - Aikido - 1 hour 13 minutes - 57 TSS
Day 4 - August 29 - Group Road Ride - 1 hour 19 minutes - 115 TSS
Day 5 - August 30 - Solo Road Ride - 1 hour 10 minutes - 60 TSS
Day 6 - August 31 - Aikido - 1 hour 31 minutes - 113 TSS
Day 7 - September 1 - Solo Road Ride - 1 hour 30 minutes - 76 TSS
Day 8 - September 2 - Aikido - 1 hour 59 minutes - 75 TSS
Day 9 - September 3 - Aikido - 1 hour 23 minutes - 54 TSS
Day 10 - September 4 - Aikido - 1 hour 52 minutes - 72 TSS
Day 11 - September 5 - Group Road Ride - 1 hour 21 minutes - 110 TSS
Day 12 - September 6 - Solo Road Ride - 1 hour 13 minutes - 63 TSS
Day 13 - September 7 - Aikido - 1 hour 24 minutes - 51 TSS
Day 14 - September 8 - Aikido - 1 hour 11 minutes - 36 TSS
Day 15 - September 9 - Aikido - 1 hour 52 minutes - 74 TSS
Day 16 - September 10 - Aikido - 1 hour 38 minutes - 57 TSS
Day 17 - September 11 - Aikido - 1 hour 56 minutes - 91 TSS
Day 18 - September 12 - Group Road Ride - 1 hour 26 minutes - 106 TSS
Day 19 - September 13 - Orange Theory Fitness - 55 minutes - 62 TSS
Day 20 - September 14 - Aikido - 1 hour 5 minutes - 34 TSS
Day 21 - September 15 - Solo Road Ride -
Day 21 - September 16 - Aikido -
Day 22 - September 17 - Aikido -
Day 23 - September 18 - Aikido -
TSS stands for Training Stress Score, I use it across all modalities of training. You can learn more about it here.
What does it take to get and stay fit? Here are my 3 observations.
Want it. Whatever IT is - just want it. My strategy is to go to my grave with a Black Belt in Aikido and a 1,000 Mile Belt Buckle (for finishing Leadville 10 times). The only way I can do that is to have a strong body that doesn’t have excessive muscle; which is why I go to Orange Theory Fitness.
Plan it. You have to put the time in to align yourself with authorities in the realm. For Aikido I teamed up with Aikido of Charlotte. For cycling I teamed up with my old friend David Sanborn of David’s World Cycle. If you really want it - save yourself the time and team up with the best. AND THEN LISTEN TO THEIR WISDOM!
Slight Edge the plan. Consistently execute the game plan on a daily basis. Take time off for sickness and recovery but otherwise lock it down and get it done.
While there is no guarantee that this formula will work for you; if you don’t have a plan try it for 30 days and see how it goes.
Tell me about your physical quests in the comments below, I want to hear about them and cheer you on!
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