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2020 Fitness Goals

Dec. 31, 2019, 11:06 a.m.
Posts: 503
Joined: Nov. 23, 2002

Squat 365/5

Run 10km sub 50 min (ideally sub 45)

Do full No Quarter climb sub 45 min (ideally sub 40)

All in the same week before mid May

Anybody else have any goals for 2020?

I'm not a human in real life, I just play one on the internet. 

Dec. 31, 2019, 2:07 p.m.
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Joined: March 15, 2013

In the past 3 years I've ridden my mtn bike 3 times and put on 25 pounds.

I should do something about that to be honest...

Dec. 31, 2019, 2:40 p.m.
Posts: 503
Joined: Nov. 23, 2002

Posted by: thaaad

In the past 3 years I've ridden my mtn bike 3 times and put on 25 pounds.

I should do something about that to be honest...

Start small by riding 10-15 minutes every day. It doesn't have to be anything serious or even on dirt, just get out and pedal around for a bit. After a week of that switch to doing 20 minutes 3-4 times per week and add in some hills, even if they are just short ones of about 5 minutes. By the third week you can start getting out for pedals of 40-60 minutes and probably be able to knock off a mtb climb without too much pain.

Two weeks is all you need to get back into the swing of things. The most important factor is CONSISTENCY, so even if you can't do a full ride during the week at least get out for a hard 15-20 minute pedal. That will be enough activity to keep your fitness high enough that doing a full ride on the weekend won't be a chore.

Edit: the bonus is that it will make the rest of your life better. You'll feel better, time in nature will be good for your soul, the increased blood flow from activity will benefit your brain and boost your smarts and most important of all sex will be better.


 Last edited by: syncro on Dec. 31, 2019, 2:43 p.m., edited 1 time in total.
Dec. 31, 2019, 5:09 p.m.
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Joined: Nov. 6, 2006

Posted by: thaaad

In the past 3 years I've ridden my mtn bike 3 times and put on 25 pounds.

I should do something about that to be honest...

Isn’t there a thread for true confessions?

Dec. 31, 2019, 8:47 p.m.
Posts: 11486
Joined: June 4, 2008

I completely fell off the fitness boat a year ago.  I hope this year I get the urge to do it again.

Jan. 1, 2020, 10:47 a.m.
Posts: 12804
Joined: Nov. 24, 2002

Here are mine, not in any particular order: 

Once more I try to ride more than 5000 km this year. Did not work out in 2019, my back acted up in spring and somehow my summer was a bit weird. 

Commute by bike at least twice a week, thrice would be better. 

No proper goal when it comes to lifting except just keeping going and not stopping, maybe a not-so-smallish standing barbell press in spring, something in the ballpark of 60 to 70 kg for 5. 

A squat with 100kg for 5 would be nice as well (without any back pain and sore legs), currently doing Zercher Squats with 60kg for three sets of 5. 

Basically just keeping going forward and upward slowly. 

The last few years I always did too much, lifting more while trying to ride more. Counting in lots of work (overtime) and my kid on most weekends, and it sounds a bit much. 

So I really have to be careful. 

Other than that...I try to keep experimenting (I get my programming from books and experiment on my own, with a few hints on technique from other solid lifters and coaches) and not do too much.

Jan. 1, 2020, 10:50 a.m.
Posts: 12804
Joined: Nov. 24, 2002

Posted by: syncro

Posted by: thaaad

In the past 3 years I've ridden my mtn bike 3 times and put on 25 pounds.

I should do something about that to be honest...

Start small by riding 10-15 minutes every day. It doesn't have to be anything serious or even on dirt, just get out and pedal around for a bit. After a week of that switch to doing 20 minutes 3-4 times per week and add in some hills, even if they are just short ones of about 5 minutes. By the third week you can start getting out for pedals of 40-60 minutes and probably be able to knock off a mtb climb without too much pain.

Two weeks is all you need to get back into the swing of things. The most important factor is CONSISTENCY, so even if you can't do a full ride during the week at least get out for a hard 15-20 minute pedal. That will be enough activity to keep your fitness high enough that doing a full ride on the weekend won't be a chore.

Edit: the bonus is that it will make the rest of your life better. You'll feel better, time in nature will be good for your soul, the increased blood flow from activity will benefit your brain and boost your smarts and most important of all sex will be better.

When my little one (turned 9 in Dec) is with me, we always try and go for at least a 30 min ride just for fun in the woods, nothing too serious. Sometimes with little challenges, such as climbing to that tree or signpost, as slow as possible or as smooth with as little braking as possible, trackstands and bunny hops over branches or small rocks. Good times.

Jan. 2, 2020, 7 a.m.
Posts: 1
Joined: Jan. 2, 2020

drop 15 kilos and work on my FTP --- up it to 270-300 Watts (3 Watts per kg bodyweight) (driven by numbers, I am :-D )

Climb my nearest mountain (1000m altitude change) in under 75 minutes (currently 100minutes)

be able to do 10 Pullups, 50 Pushups, run 10km under 50minutes

Jan. 2, 2020, 7:14 p.m.
Posts: 1567
Joined: Feb. 26, 2015

Wanna wear a tank top that says " you even lift bro?" Over my shredded abs.

Jan. 2, 2020, 11:05 p.m.
Posts: 12804
Joined: Nov. 24, 2002

Posted by: Brocklanders

Wanna wear a tank top that says " you even lift bro?" Over my shredded abs.

But then no one can see your shredded abs.

Jan. 3, 2020, 5:15 p.m.
Posts: 1567
Joined: Feb. 26, 2015

Posted by: Mic

Posted by: Brocklanders

Wanna wear a tank top that says " you even lift bro?" Over my shredded abs.

But then no one can see your shredded abs.

Half top

Lol

Man I chunked out this last week. Way too many apres beers this with friends at the ski cabin. Hawkins cheezees are my kriptonite....Diet starts Monday


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Jan. 3, 2020, 6:38 p.m.
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Joined: April 10, 2005

Hawkins are way better than Cheetos.

Jan. 3, 2020, 7:02 p.m.
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Joined: Feb. 26, 2015

Posted by: Stuminator

Hawkins are way better than Cheetos.

Canadian institution.

Jan. 4, 2020, 3:51 a.m.
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Joined: Nov. 24, 2002

I love beer and single malts and the occasional bourbon....sigh. 

Other than that I try to "eat like an adult." (Dan John) 

Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. I have a couple of pounds too many despite my efforts. LoL. Guess I need to change and up my game.

Jan. 4, 2020, 4:41 p.m.
Posts: 1567
Joined: Feb. 26, 2015

Posted by: Mic

I love beer and single malts and the occasional bourbon....sigh. 

Other than that I try to "eat like an adult." (Dan John) 

Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. I have a couple of pounds too many despite my efforts. LoL. Guess I need to change and up my game.

Just started the no beer/booze for the month of January, going to be hard. Been 2 days and it's killing me. 

Weighed in at 196 this morning. See how fast it melts off in the next few weeks. Wanna get down to 188. Lightest I have been in the last few years is 185 and that was while training for endurance races. 

This is going to be a rough ride with no beers

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