I have a confession to make. I dropped the ball. After two years of amazing progress, a return to a busy work travel schedule during the off season saw me fall into food temptations, and social beers.
The schedule of a traveling consulting can be punishing, as it has you in multiple countries and at dozens of events in a single week. Couple that with huge shifts in time zones, plane food and poor sleep, the body quickly starts to suffer.
I’ve tried over the years to make the travel manageable. I love my work, and I love seeing the world. But it can at times conflict with sporting ambitions.
Three months after the Singapore nationals, I find myself with 9 extra kilograms and a fading FTP (down to 272 watts). If I am to get myself ready for 2017, I need to get back on track. So I planned my a challenge for myself, 100 days to get back on track.
Here’s the goal, 100 days from Monday September 19th, I aim to be back under 70 kilograms and back up to a 295 watt FTP. The deadline is the 28th of December. It’s still short of my longer term goal of 325 watts, and 68 kilograms. But its a solid start.
295 watts / 70 kilograms – by Dec 28th
It’s going to take some sacrifice, suffering and discipline to kick the recent beer habit. But if I can make it happen, it sets me up for a strong 2017. Starting from a solid fitness base is something new to me. As in the past, when I raced I was still trying to make huge gains. So let’s see how it goes.
The 100 days will be broken down into milestones;
- First I’ll need to shed the excess weight. Getting the weight down won’t be easy, so I’ve enlisted the help of Pure Nutrition‘s nutritionist, Roz Alexander. I’ll receive weekly guidance and personalised feedback in addition to a written nutrition plan tailored to a specific event, training or general lifestyle. She already has me recording everything I eat in MyFitnessPal.
- Next, I’ll work closely with the Athlete Lab to build not only the engine to burn the fast, but also lay the ground work for building my FTP.
Ongoing tracking my of progress is going to be vital for keeping me on track. So look out for regular posts on my Instagram.
Next, I need everyone’s help. Keep asking me how I’m going, and keep reminding me of the target I set. As a community of riders, we are collectively strong. Understanding and supporting each others goals should be a strength of the community.
So what’s the goal you’re going to set for December 28th? Remember make your goals; Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-Bound. Post your goal in the comments below, and let’s smash them together.
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