Time to start this fresh... picking up my journal where it left off, with two major changes: I've dropped the ultramarathon. Quite honestly, I don't have the desire to run/walk for 20+ hours, I'd rather be fast. So I've opted for a full Ironman this year (in November), two of the most grueling bike races I could find on the east coast, (Blood, Sweat, and Gears, and Assault on Mount Mitchell), as well as upping my 3 lift goal to 1900.
The other thing that's changing- most supps are pure hype, but I've spent a crapload of time researching the ingredients in RESULTS. Bottom line: I'm pretty damn sure it's going to help me. Quite a bit. I'll be burning 8000+ calories a week in cardio/aerobic training, while simultaneously trying to get stronger. Anything that increases work capacity and improves recovery (the data on HMB is VERY interesting when it comes to anti-catabolic indicators) should be a tremendous help. I started it last weekend, put in a few workouts thus far. Part of what I'll track are overall indicators of overtraining, soreness, etc. I've been at this long enough to know my baseline. My hunch- it's the perfect supplement for endurance athletes as well.
Generally, some might gather from my posts that I'm the no bullshit type. I don't do a lot of crazy diet manipulation, I don't bother with most supplements, and my workout routines are fairly simple. I don't have great genetics- never have. I don't come from a long line of athletes, I have limbs that are too long for powerlifting, but too short for running and biking. Obesity runs in my family. So does laziness.
So, I got no shortage of excuses. But I got dedication, and the ego/pride that most of us has that dictates that whatever we do, we want to do it damn well.
And this is where I'm starting:
Bench press- 465 shirted for a single
Squat- 635 in briefs, best in suit unknown (600 x 2 was easy)
Deadlift- 645 no equipment. Bear in mind, hamstrings have been fried for the last month.
Longest training ride: 90 miles with hill repeats
Longest run: Last marathon was almost a year ago, longest recent run has been 15 miles
Longest swim: ~1.5 miles in the ocean
Fastest mile: 4:45 or so
Fastest consumption of a Dogfish 120 minute IPA- seven minutes, thirty six seconds.