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Sunday, July 16, 2017

12 Week/3 Months.....From Nibbles To Bites!




So week twelve turned my nibbles into bigger bites, and those bigger bites felt much more comfortable and less taxing than their smaller brethren. On my four run days, I got my first interval up to 32, 40, 43, and in tonight's cool evening air, 48 minutes. The pace is spectacularly slow, as I am trying to keep close to the mafetone method of base building, and keeping my HR at all times below 123-125. So now we will see how long it takes to get to a full hour keeping my pace this slow. I am operating at a pace about fifteen seconds a kilometer slower than when all this Afib misery began. Once I hit that hour, the pace of these runs should improve while still staying in this heart range. Once no improvement occurs or regression happens to the pace in this heart range, then you can add some shorter cruise intervals. But that is probably many months off yet.....
I love to go on those people of walmart sites, and the best and oddest ones always seem to come from florida. There has to be some absolute shallow end of the gene pool folks living there, but this picture surely takes the cake. Now I tried to think of a witty caption for this, but is just so freakin odd, that it is hard. How about "hey buddy you eyeing my gal?"....."she promised she'd never leave me!"...."she is an absolute firm body"!  I give, you try!

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Week 11: Nibbling Away!


Made a bit more progress this week, especially on Saturday and Sunday. Getting that first interval closer to thirty minutes, and the second one closer to ten. After that, it is just a struggle of short intervals and short walks. Gotten fractionally close to covering my goal of 8K in an hour as the first goal, and then getting it in one non stop run around 55 minutes at a HR under 125. No goals in mind after that, as I still struggle with that damn Afib for the first five or ten minutes of every run.
Weather is still not cooperating. Monsoon season is overdue, and the ten day forecast does not reflect any cooler days or days of rain. Just have to keep shuffling along......

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Week 10: The Three For One Rule!


From my 41 years of running, I have always prescribed to the three for one rule....for every week you miss, it takes three weeks to get back into the shape you were in before you missed. So, after missing five months, it certainly feels like it is gonna take fifteen months to get it all back. Not sure that's true, but it feels that way! Getting in a bit longer intervals on the early part of my workouts, but in the end, coming up to about the same overall distance covered in the hour of activity. The fact that the heat remains boundless, struggles continue.  Certainly doesn't feel like a big breakthru is coming, more just a damn difficult grind. But, still not a lot of quit in me, so I will keep slogging on.
This fourth of July seems really sad to me.....we are in the midst of real damage to our democracy.....We have a childish narcissistic sociopath for president, a congress focused only on corporations and the rich, cyber attacks by russia that go unpunished, and an all out assault on the media, who has protected us from tyranny for two hundred years. Democracy is fragile and it would not shock me if we take it for granted and give it away in the next twenty years.....

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Week 9.....A Semblance Of Progress....


Well, Deb and I spent the week in Laughlin enjoying the breezy 118-124 temps. Did all my exercising across the river in Bullhead City at an anytime fitness franchise. $25 bucks for the week. I went there every day from monday thru friday.
On monday, I lifted weights for a half hour, and then jumped on the treadmill. The usual first five minutes involved some Afib, and then my HR settled in from there. I was comfortable keeping my HR below 120 for ten minutes or so, expecting I would need to take a walk break at some point after that. It was odd, because I kept expecting to hit 125 but I never did. I was able to run a full forty minutes without needing a walk break. And for the next four days thereafter, I was able to repeat that exact same workout. Today, back in the heat and back at 4400 feet of altitude, I was curious if I would be able to repeat that. Nope. I did cover two fifteen minute intervals, and then about five shorter intervals to complete my hour, but the heat and altitude made it tougher. But all in all, some progress occurred.
My ultimate goal remains covering 8K/5 Miles on four runs a week with a HR not exceeding 125 and a pace that allows the runs to be completed in 55 or 56 minutes. From charts, tests, and experience, 125 is where my heart rate starts to go from an aerobic run into an anaerobic zone. Now, since I don't have race plans, only want to run for joy and health, no need to think about doing any faster running until I can accomplish my initial goal. So that is why my exercising is a process of running until I get to a 125 HR, and then walk a bit to get it back to below 110, and then go back at it until the day hopefully comes when I can complete the entire hour or less and cover that 8K. I will see my heart doc on july 6th to make sure this is a safe process, and that it remains ok to keep running when I have Afib occurring. Anyway, I do believe it will cool in a few months, I will get slowly fitter, and my goal will at some point happen.....Faith Baby!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Kardiac Kid Week 7.....Stalled!


Well, the more things change, the more they remain the same. Gym and Recumbent go perfectly, but the walk jogs just continue to be a bigtime struggle. I get normal HR range days, and crazy high days. I get Afib for the first five or ten minutes on most of my hikes. So, progress seems stalled. Will have two more weeks to try and get some progress, then will be at a 24 hour fitness center in bullhead city arizona for a week while visiting laughlin. Will do my weights and do shorter walk jogs on the treadmills. Kind of a week of recovery before I get back to trying to progress. Don't have much of a plan for if this fails. May eventually try to get a cardiac workup in phoenix at mayo clinic to see if there is anything further I can do. Before that I will schedule an appointment in July here in Deming to see Dr. Grayor, the heart doc who did my diversion, and just go over the three echos I have had in the past eight years and see if he has any thoughts. Otherwise, time will certainly tell.......

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Kardiac Kid: Week 5, No Magic, No Progress....


Well, no magic present in week five. Not sure how much of this struggle includes heat, but just have not had anything approaching fun. All 3 of my gym days of clanging, banging, and spinning went well. Got 4 bench reps up at 150 at best, and got close to 8.5 miles in my half hours on the recumbent with a good heart rate. Those pesky walk jogs are another matter. Averaged around 7.1K for the hour walk jogs, but still struggle to get a jog of more than 4 minutes in. So I am jogging more than walking, but not by a lot. Especially drag the last ten to twelve minutes. Like they fellow above, it seems that my legs give out before my lungs or heart rate does at this point. Capillary development I suppose. Three legs of the stool, and one is always a bit weaker than the other two. So, we will go back to work in week six and keep hoping for that breakthru week to appear. Will remain a struggle I suspect until the day hopefully comes where I can do three miles just running. Still a long way from there.....

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Kardiac Kid Week 4


Well, I made some progress this week, but not nearly as much as I would have liked. The weights and recumbent at the gym are going dandy. Adding increments of weight, and covering more distance with stronger sprints on the recumbent during my thirty minutes. Walk Jogs are another thing entirely. The only way I can measure, since I am not timing jogs and just using heart rate to guide me to about 125 BPM before walking back to 105-110, is total distance covered during the hour. This week my hike days averaged around 7.2K, so I expect that my total jog time and walk time are about equal now. I am doing it mid afternoon in the heat, and that is not helping. Will need to start to go in the evenings soon. Next six weeks are usually the hottest times of the year here in Deming. So, this is really going to be a rough comeback attempt. My experience is that when you can get to 3 miles of pure running, things improve pretty fast, but I am at three minutes running, so we have a good ways to go.....