Since my last post I went on a three week jump rope binge, basically just doing 500 double unders every day (or 1000 some days to make up the days I missed). I got up to doing 500 in less than 10 minutes, 100 in a row and 1000 in just under 26 minutes. For a brief time the combination of technical skill improvement, cardio and relatively short workout duration kept me entertained. If nothing else, I'm great at setting short term goals, achieving them, and then getting bored and moving on to something else.
I got burned out on that and took 4 rest days in two weeks, which was about the same amount I had taken all year up to this point. And rest day is a relative word here, since doing 10 minutes of jump rope (even though its pretty hard) hardly qualifies as a meaningful training effort for a day - more of a distraction. Nevertheless, I counted 500 double unders in 10 minutes as "not a rest day". It's my training log, so I suppose I can use whatever tortured logic I want when filling it out. In the scheme of quality training I have failed miserably this year, so I don't think there is much pride to be taken from taking just a few days off this year.
I just got to the point that my body was aching and I wasn't really driven by anything. So I wander around for awhile, call it "training" and put something in the log. Forget training, often it probably barely qualifies as exercise.
The diet is ok, but not great (sort of summarizes the entire physical training spectrum for me right now). Whether it is rational or not, I lay some of the blame for my meandering this year on Crossfit. I was pretty entertained by the whole Crossfit experiment for a little over a year (and got some benefits from it), but in hindsight, that fork in my training road was neither long term healthy or productive for me. I don't think I'm swearing off weightlifting forever, but I need to go back to ground zero there and approach it from a healthier, more intelligent direction.
I have been thinking more and more about getting older. I see all of these older folks walking around my neighborhood each day - staying healthy with their daily walk. Sometimes I see myself reverting to that "just stay healthy" sort of routine and giving up on bigger picture, more challenging training goals. But then again, sometimes I see myself getting fired back up again and pushing my personal limits. Though lately I appear to more often be leaning towards the minimal work, health oriented route.
In that vein, the last couple of days I started just running 1.5 miles to the pullup bar near my house, doing a set of pullups, and running home. A little less than 30 minutes, 3 miles and 15 pullups. Will it stick? I'm not sure. Is this the "long term solution?" Who knows? But I suppose for now its better than nothing.