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October 3, 2013 posted by

How Do I Fit In My Life?

How Do I Fit In My Life?

How I fit any sort of life into my challenge is worth addressing because, at a glance, it probably looks impossible. In fact, I Tweeted that very thing on the eve of the challenge. And if it seems utterly ridiculous, even to the guy who made the list, why would I bother trying? But with some strategy it starts to make sense, the dust clears a bit, and it begins to look fathomable. This is basically how  “impossible” things are always getting done.

I embrace challenges, perhaps even live for them. That said, organization is not my strong suit. In order to force myself into game mode I need something that pressures me to focus. By design, this endeavor is supposed to take me out of my comfort zone and into survival mode–a place where everything you do matters. That’s not really the way I want to live day to day but it’s a good test to run every so often. So let’s deconstruct this sucker and see how I began to believe. Hopefully it will help you find an hour a day for P90X2 or, at least, 30 minutes for X3 .

It starts with the weekends, which is the big physical test. I picked a bunch of things that have been on my radar for a long time. The big day on Olympus, three big climb in Santa Barbara, and 5 desert towers are things I’ve always wanted to do. The Owl Tor element came by chance as it’s a cliff I “found” so it seems important I attend its first event and the 5 FA’s were last year’s failed event. The WFC just seemed like a nice test to run to see how my body holds up.

This is my own personal Rubicon. It’s tailored for me, to my interests and sacrifices that I deem acceptable. That’s the cool thing about a birthday challenge. No one draws up the rules but you. It’s as hard a test as you want to make it.

The list of 53 is trickier for me, and much more applicable to you. If it’s too much it will kill my weekends. Too little would not test my organizational skills. This is how I rationalized the balance. If I get it wrong I can change it because life must go on, but the goal is to find out just how much I can fit into my life and you never know your limits unless you go beyond them.

I begin with physical rational. My training numbers mainly need to be ticked on T,W,Th because Mondays are for weekend recovery and Fridays are for pre-challenge rest. Because I need to train for climbing I started with one big and one small weekly workout and tallied the numbers, which essentially got my total numbers to 4800, which is about one extra workout over 7 weeks to nail my goal. I picked numbers that I knew I could do in a reasonable amount of time: about 2 hours a day, tops–about as much time as I normal train and socialize, as the latter will mainly be dropped for the duration of this event.

The 53 Beachbody workouts have also been worked into the above schedule, with recovery workouts on M and F and normal training in between. They also provide a amendment, in that I’ll get my exercise numbers using the exercises in the video should I need them. With this logic the numbers I’ve set start to get manageable.

Multi-tasking is next. It’s where I’ll hit a lot of the odd things on the list, like functional warm-ups, running drills, stabilizer work, etc. This is very important and needs more coverage so you’ll get a post on it later in the challenge.

The sports numbers are relatively easy. In my general life I would hit them all, no problem. In the challenge, however they might be problematic as my schedule is built around work, training, family, and weekend challenges. There’s not much time left. I can multi-task some  with the dogs, and there’s an elliptical and rowing machine in the Beachbody office, but a few of these (like actually going climbing on a rope for fun) are going to be tricky. That’s cool. It’s not supposed to be easy and if I have to ride my bike in a middle of the night in a blizzard a few times, so be it.

Finally, the work/family/house chores are a definite crux, but in a way the most important part. I’m pretty worried about fitting it all in but it’s my transformational goal of this challenge. I’m already fit, and do lots of cool stuff, so the other stuff is gravy. My aim is to handle all this volume and improve my family life and job productivity. It’s the biggest unknown. I’ve already lost sleep on the how? of this aspect but I’ve got a structure in place that I’ve got to believe in and not let the possibility of failure hamper productivity. This is something many people struggle with in their daily lives. My list is doable, though my social life will certainly take a hit. I just have to make it happen, which comes down to persistence.

Oh, and then there are fritters. That’s a whole nutha story, which I’ll post on later too.

Of course all we’re talking here is theory. There’s a physical element that’s a huge unknown. But every challenge is one step at a time and the first is always to believe in the possibilities. Of course, I’m writing this way past my bedtime and it’s only day 2.

Here are the numbers from day 2…

Steve’ 53rd Birthday Challenge

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Beachbody Workout of the Day
Focus T25: Pyramid. Gamma is becoming my favorite part of T25, probably because I like resistance training. The allure of the whole program, for me at least, is… okay, 25 minutes. Who am I kidding?! But the physiological lure is the proprioception–that borders on dancy but isn’t quite that–hits a weak area of performance for me. When I master that aspect of T25 I’ll be a better athlete. With I’d worked on it more when I was younger.

Daily Stats

Synopsis – I’ve fallen further behind but knocked off a couple of nagging projects and house chores that should clear up more time in the future. Also did a cool bike ride, which is always nice.

Reading & questions answered: /2809 (53/day) – 25 & 25 (32 questions and 50 pages), What to Eat, by Marion Nestle

Servings of Shakeology: /53 – 2 – with maca, chia
Days of Ultimate Reset: /5.3
Days taking supplements: /53 – 2
Days of no alcohol: /53 – 2
Days of no meat: /53 – 2
Coffee Cycles (more on this later): /5.3 – Have begun.
King Pin fritters: /5

Beachbody workouts: /53 – 1(2)
Push-ups: /5300 – 40(110)
Jumping jacks: /5300 – 200
Ab moves: /5300 – 100(260)
Crunches: /5300 – 0(300)
Ab Ripper X Moves: /5300 – 100(200)
Beast back day: /53,000 lbs.
Beast chest day: /53,000 lbs.
Beast shoulder day: /53,000 lbs.
Beast leg day: /53,000 lbs.
Beast arm day: /53,000 lbs.
P90X2 functional warm-up: /53 – 1(2)
Running drills: /53 – 1(3)
Neuro-integrating stretching: /53 – 1(2)
Iron Mind gripper and extensor band reps: /10600 0(400)
Breath hold sessions: /53 – 1(2)
Stabilizer sessions: /53 – 1(3)
Internal Organ Training: /53 – 1(2)
5.11 Climbs: /5
5.12 Climbs: /3
5.11 Boulder transverses: /5 – 1
5.12 Boulder transverses: /3 – 1
Campus board movements: /530 – 0(66)
Climb-specific pull-ups: /530 – 0(60)
Cycling on road bike: /53 miles
Cycling on mountain bike: /53 miles
Cycling on cyclocross bike: /53 miles 26(26)
Cycling on time trial bike: /53 miles
Cycling on fixed gear bike: /53 miles
Cycling on single speed bike: /53 miles
Cycling on tandem bike: /53 miles
Hiking: /53 miles – 0(2)
Running: /53 miles
30 minutes of rowing: /5 times
30 minutes of elliptical: /5 times
30 minutes of swimming: /5 times

Tasks for his wife: /53 – 0(3)
Chores around the house: /53 – 5(6)
Tasks for his dogs: /53 – heaps

Blog posts: /53 – 1 (5)
Team Beachbody Instructional Videos: /5
Team Beachbody Video Chat /5
Days keeping these stats: /53 – 1(2)

A Few Challenges of Yore

2000 – 40 Days of Hell
2003 – Get Back To Reality
2006 – This is Gonna Hurt
2007 – My Blood Must Be Fully Replaced Each Year
2010 – Birthday Tribute from 67 friends
2012 – Making Lemonade

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