Dave The Kayaker

Kayaking, musings, and my mid-life fitness journey. DaveTheKayaker


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First real test of the new year

I got called out of the country on business this week and only managed to get in one workout in the hotel fitness center.

So today was a test to see if I could snap back into the groove of training, especially since I am still a little jetlagged and am fighting the remains of a head/chest cold I had over the holidays.

I got in a very good lunchtime workout and snapped right back into the swing of things.  I managed to do a medium-difficult upper body workout and then later made dinner for the family which included grain-free, sugar free pizza and white turkey chilli.  A high protein, moderate fat, low-carb dinner that made everyone happy.

I’m feeling good and am ready to challenge my mid-section and lower body in the gym tomorrow morning.

This evening I also learned about the Chattajack 31 race in the American Canoe Association‘s Paddle News newsletter.  I’ll do a little more research into this race and then maybe add it to my racing schedule in 2017.


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Off-season training in the gym

I made it through the holidays without gaining any weight and have actually managed to drop 2 or 3 pounds since Jan. 1.

That might not be a good thing.

I continue my training through the off-season by hitting the gym 5-6 days per week doing body splits.  Today was an upper body day that hit most of the muscles that will assist during kayak racing season.  I did a leg day on Wednesday (after taking a week off for recovery) and am still feeling it.

I’m continuing up the learning curve with my Atlas Wristband and think I am close to realizing its full potential as a training tool and actually using it the right way now.  A few more sessions and I think I’ll be able to do a full review and render my opinion.

I do, however, feel a bit like a dweeb in the gym wearing both it and the Amazfit Arc tracker on the same wrist.  A little too much hardware going on there for a guy who generally considers himself a minimalist.  Oh well, call me a minimalist in search of better training tools.

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I plan to continue to walk the very thin line between adding muscle mass while not gaining fat through March at which point I’ll try to lean out and lighten up as much as possible in preparation for “fast yet light on the water” season.

Mid-life training is a lot like bodybuilding…except without the same results in terms of visible payback, and it takes a lot more effort and attention for a lot less return on investment.

I wish I had my youth to do over.