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Re: Mr Brittas's Journal 2018/10/08 20:30:15 (permalink)
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Busy week ahead with work, kids stuff and still plenty to do in the house, but I managed a decent 3 mile run tonight and enjoyed it.

This is it now......... I HAVE to think about London marathon in April. The ballet results are out this week so lots of people will be finding out they are running it and starting thinking about training and so will I.

I’m sort of looking forward to longer runs.
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Re: Mr Brittas's Journal 2018/10/09 15:36:11 (permalink)
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Out at a conference with work today and at a school event tonight but the traffic was kind so I nipped into the gym for a Pull session before the school thing.

I did the Pull first for a couple of reasons. I needed to be quick and the Push session is longer and also I did a Push the other week when I only got one session in.

I was going to train tomorrow morning but I’m shattered after a strangely bad nights sleep last night so a bit longer in bed tomorrow is the better choice.

........ unless I get up and go swimming......

Either way, nice to run last night and get weights in today.
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Re: Mr Brittas's Journal 2018/10/10 13:40:04 (permalink)
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Happy I've managed a gym and run so far this week.  I really need to another of each done.
 
I have an evening of furniture building tonight but it does make sense for me to nip out for a quick run before hand.  I just can't be bothered at the minute!  I then have a 9am appointment tomorrow so I should be able to do the gym without getting up any earlier than a normal work day.
 
Then it'll be a 3 day rest for my first weekend with the kids at my house.  Which is great.  But no parents around to watch them so no exercise.  I have an incredibly busy 2 weeks at work then with some of my overseas team over that need entertaining, but I'm hoping to fit exercise inbetween.
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Re: Mr Brittas's Journal 2018/10/11 07:27:40 (permalink)
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Didn’t have time to run yesterday which is a shame as I doubt I’ll get chance this week now. But it is what it is.

I did get in to the gym this morning for a Push session.
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Re: Mr Brittas's Journal 2018/10/14 20:02:10 (permalink)
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Just a quick update to say, I had a great weekend getting the kids settled into the house.
 
But with very little exercise......... still, since my travel started..... then I got ill......... then I got this house....... I feel crap.
 
Eating isn't great, I feel fat, I am drinking just that bit too much.  Needs sorting and I've got a couple of challenging weeks ahead of me work wise.  I need to make it count and focus now.
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Re: Mr Brittas's Journal 2018/10/16 18:33:01 (permalink)
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Planned to run yesterday but had an issue in the house as I literally called in for some clothes which took an hour and left it too late.

The good thing is, I managed to get out and run 3.5 miles tonight.

Also, despite feeling quite fat I’m down 1lb this morning on previous weight. Only 1lb over the weight before all these trips came.

This week - hoping to Run again potentially tomorrow and over the weekend.

Thursday I will do an AM gym session and I’d love to add to that with a swim or Wattbike blast.

Friday I hope to use the works gym for weights as I’m at a works thing at night.

Expect to be hungover Saturday and hope to do a decent run on Sunday.

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Re: Mr Brittas's Journal 2018/10/17 19:52:21 (permalink)
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An unexpected chance to get to the gym. I did a decent Push session.

I went in full of hopes to also go on a Wattbike and swim. But the bikes were busy then the pool had a class on!!! So I went in the steam room instead.
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Re: Mr Brittas's Journal 2018/10/18 18:54:46 (permalink)
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Managed a 3 mile run after work. Dark and quite cold by the time I got out. It’ll be base layers next! Happy to get 2 runs in so far this week and hoping for a 3rd, longer one at the weekend.
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Re: Mr Brittas's Journal 2018/10/21 15:52:54 (permalink)
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So this weekend to myself didn’t quite go to plan.

Intended to get the 2nd weights session in at the works gym on Friday night but ended up at the works bar instead.

The company doo was great fun but I had way too much to drink and stayed up way way too late. It was gone 4am which is not like me at all! I woke up in the hotel at 11am which again is not like me.

I came home and got straight in bed for the afternoon only surfacing to nip to the shops then order a pizza. That is all I had all day and that wasn’t until 9pm.

So yesterday was a write off and I didn’t feel amazing today. But I did get a few things done round the house and managed to get out for a 3 mile run.

That run was important not just physically and to keep running but mentally. I still feel so groggy from the hangover and tomorrow I have so much to nail at work that I can’t afford for it to drag on. And I’m sure a run will have helped clear the crap out of my body and my head!
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Re: Mr Brittas's Journal 2018/10/22 18:12:04 (permalink)
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Managed to get to the gym after work for weights (Push) and my first swim in a long, long time. Must be 2 months. Just a 10 minute swim.

I would have liked to run somewhere but I had loads to do at home before I pick the GF up after her weekend away.

I know I keep saying..... things need a reboot and “next week” I’ll start a new routine, but I mean it this time. I’ve got lots of plans and motivation but I’ve got my entire team over this week for meetings and have 2 evenings out then the kids this weekend. I’ll be surprised if I get anything else in this week other than todays sessions.

Next week will be another start...... it helps that the GF is away next week so I have a week on my own to restart everything.
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Re: Mr Brittas's Journal 2018/10/24 16:22:08 (permalink)
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So I am having an extremely busy week with all my team over.

I did get an early finish today and could have exercised, but I’m taking them out for a meal tonight, I’m tired and hungover from last night (I’m driving tonight), so I took the opportunity to jump in bed for an hour, although annoyingly didn’t sleep very long.

I will take my running stuff to the GF’s tomorrow but doubt I’ll do anything and this week might be a write off before I tackle next week properly.

I am not worried and next week well and truly is a fresh start.
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Re: Mr Brittas's Journal 2018/10/24 16:24:33 (permalink)
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Right……… so this may sound quite dramatic etc, but I've been thinking for a while I will stop updating this journal. No big deal and I don't think anyone reads it anyway. My issue is, I can be a bit OCD with stuff like this and feel like I have to update it after every session, or even after every missed session. I'm not sure why and whilst it's not a big deal, part of me thinks I've got enough going on without feeling I must update this all the time.

My training has drastically changed, I only do weights twice a week and not much at that. I'm more about running, biking, triathlons and it's not all that relevant to this site anymore. I do enjoy the opportunity to vent on here from time to time, plan out my week, or just think out loud, but I also keep a personal journal and have done since I was 13 years old, so I can type thoughts in there.

I've been thinking it through for a while (don't worry, I know it's not a big decision and I've not been stressing over it), but today is my journals 10th birthday, so what a fitting time to create the last post!

I will end my almost daily updating. I'm sure I'll pop in for an update every few months but after 10 years it's time to leave my journal addiction behind.

This journal has seen me go through several cutting attempts, my switch to taking running seriously with 2 marathons (whilst still weight training), then in the last year or so switching away from weight training and onto triathlon training. My first child was born when I started the journal but I've since had another, got divorced, got a new girlfriend, bought a house and had 4 different jobs! Quite a lot going on in 10 years and I hope this site stays active so I can come back and read this from time to time as I have done before.

So thanks for the ones that contributed in the past, thanks for anyone who does read, and thanks to MT for simply providing me a space to think and empty my mind into a browser window!
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Re: Mr Brittas's Journal 2018/12/21 13:31:27 (permalink)
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So it's been almost 2 months since I declared the end of my journal but I did say I would pop in with general updates.  No idea why really, but as always I like the space to type ideas and thoughts.
 
So today is the last day at work before the Xmas break and a fitting time so just sum the year up as I doubt I'll post over Xmas.
 
A good year in the sense that I completed 4 triathlons, 3 open water and one of them a relay.  And that was always my goal.  I also rode 87 miles (most I'd ever done by a long shot).  Now this was a training ride for the 100 miler that got cancelled but still great to hit those miles.  So the goal was always about the tri's and I well and truly ticked that box.  Swimming has completely stopped after the tri's but I'm ok with that.
 
Weights were just there as a tick over and kept some shape.  These last few weeks I've missed lots of sessions and had a few weeks without weights, but it's just not a priority.  That said, I will still aim to hit 2 sessions per week and hopefully with a bit more intensity next year.
 
Running was a big disappointment.  I just ticked over really and yes I ran the trialthons well, but haven't done many miles and despite getting up to 7 miles in November (wow), I have hardly run in December and not built the base miles I need for London next year.
 
I managed to maintain a stable weight all year despite a very relaxed diet but have put a bit on the last couple of months and it needs to come off next year.
 
A big change I have made is around Mindfulness meditation and have almost completed an 8 week course.  I still need to do week 8 but will do that the first week in Jan as I know I won't have a routine over Xmas.  This has helped me a lot and will become a proper habit next year.
 
 
So next year...... I will most likely come back and do this in detail but if I don't here's a summary of my goals.
 
London marathon has to remain my number one goal and all efforts need to focus on that.  That said I am determined to keep up the weights, ride the bike every so often and throw a swim in here and there.  The idea being that once London is done I dive head on into triathlon training.  I want to get some decent bike rides in, enjoy the open water swimming again and do at least 2 tri's next year, hopefully a longer distance one.  I would also like to keep the fitness and hit some running goals.  Of course I am hoping all this sees me drop fat, get a bit of shape back and look half decent.  Diet needs to improve for that and also for performance.  
 
And the mind needs plenty of attention in the way of the mindfulness meditation.  This will become a habit.  Lots of habits need to change.  A bit less drinking.  I don't drink loads but more than I'd like lately.  Consistent early mornings to either meditate, train or both.  And sleep quality.  I'm convinced all of the above will make me more successful at work and in my relationship.
 
Over and out.
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Re: Mr Brittas's Journal 2019/01/09 12:34:37 (permalink)
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Only just thought or had time to pop in and get my 2019 goals/ideas down.  As mentioned, I'm not maintaining this journal anymore but still nice to pop in use it thinking space.  I'm extremely busy at work but have a gap between tasks and nice to empty my head into here.
 
So most important thing first, and my main and initial 2019 goal is London Marathon.  I have not used the time to prepare for it at all and Monday is/was the official start of my 16 week training plan so I have to dive straight in.  I did run 7 miles on New years day which was a good start.  I've found a book which I ordered and I'm reading as quickly as possible that has marathon plans in running 3 times a week with cross training which is ideal for me.  Last night, because I have a cold (I'll moan about that in a minute), I did the first speed session indoors on a treadmill.  Also, as it's all based on track workouts it's sort of easier on the treadmill.  I ran for 45 minutes on the treadmill which I don't think I've ever done before and was a great achievement.
 
So I do have a cold which literally started after new year as I came back to work and got worse over the weekend.  I think I am slowly shaking it but my first long run is 10 miles this weekend (aiming to do it Friday night) and I hope I'm ok for that.  I'm then away in America for a week but hope to get some treadmill sessions in the hotel and make sure long runs are done either weekend.  
 
To kick January off I'm doing RED January where I have committed to 20 minutes exercise everyday in January.  I thought the kids weekend would be difficult but on Saturday I did a 20 minute living room HIIT workout and then Sunday played football with them but properly ran around and logged it.  The American trip will prove difficult on the 2 travel days.
 
All that, RED January and then London training gets me going, hopefully drops some weight and gets my fitness up.  After that I want more bike rides and triathlons this summer and potentially move up to an Olympic distance tri.  But won't push myself if I don't fancy it.  It's the swimming that will bother me.  
 
Beyond that I just want to keep fit, keep running and concentrate on also getting my mind healthy.
 
Habits (removing bad and developing good) are to be a new year focus, but if I'm totally honest I am struggling with this cold making me terribly tired and not be able to concentrate.  Once shifted (hopefully next week), I want to first of all start getting up a bit earlier.  If nothing else, to avoid the rush from bed to shower to front door (I currently do it in 20 minutes which is great but a stressful start), and give myself some thinking space and wake up time.  During November I was getting up early to do the mindfulness meditation because some were long and too much to fit in elsewhere and I did like that start to the day.  On top of that I do want to put some AM gym sessions in where needed.  I'd like to crack this next week before I go to America then continue it the week after when I get back.
 
But I will admit, I'm giving myself an easy time due to illness at the minute.
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