Running with Apollo

Rocky and Apollo Running on the Beach.

The diet changes are becoming relatively easy to accept.  Fast days (less than 600 calories) aren’t even that hard anymore, as I don’t really get hungry.  I suspect my stomach has shrunk.  This experience reinforces my belief that the human mind and body are truly amazing and incredibly adaptable.  If you can just get through those first few days, you can adjust to just about anything.  It is important to me to avoid temptation by not putting myself in situations (gas station convenience stores and restaurants) where I will have a choice to make.  No choices.  No problems.  I also only keep food that fits within the confines of my protocol in my fridge and cabinets.  It continues to amaze me every time I open the fridge to see it full of fruits and vegetables after living a life almost completely void of both.I believe I may have solved my diarrhea problem.  The offender, so I believe, is Turmeric.  I have not yet decided if I will continue to take it or not.  WebMD states, “Turmeric usually does not cause significant side effects; however, some people can experience stomach upset, nausea, dizziness, or diarrhea.”  Perhaps I will try a different brand.

Sprinting is absolutely brutal.  I must be a masochist.  I raised my interval lengths from 10 seconds to 15 seconds.  That is a big jump and I find I am unable to sustain an all out sprint for 15 seconds in all six sets, even when I am giving it everything I’ve got.  As such, I will remain with 15 second long intervals for the foreseeable future rather than increasing it, as I had previously planned.  I was fortunate enough to do Saturday’s High Intensity Interval Training on the beach.  It was harder running on the sand, but pretty cool nonetheless.  When I would be mid sprint, thinking about slowing down, I imagined Apollo Creed running next to me, encouraging me to keep pushing. Here’s a link from Rocky III for anyone looking for some inspiration or nostalgia:

I left my fitbit on the charger for two days.  I was so disappointed when I realized I forgot to put it back on before I left for my trip.  I lost two days of activity and sleep data, but I guess it’s really not a big deal.I received an email informing me that the laboratory received my blood sample.  I will receive a mailed, written analysis of my Telomeres in two to four weeks.  Then I will know what my exact biological age was when I started this whole thing.  This blood test will yield the most important number regarding whether I can prove one can reverse his or her age.

My discipline remains rock solid, though I missed one session of Strong Lifts due to my trip.  Making objective progress helps make it easy to remain determined.

I’m thrilled that I seem to have gotten both my heart rate and O2 saturation under control.  I don’t know what caused this but my resting heart rate has dropped from a high of 75 beats per minute to a low of 62.  This is a major breakthrough!  I had anticipated my resting heart rate would fall, but certainly not this precipitously.  I am ecstatic that I am now much less likely to die of a stroke or heart attack. A study in the Canadian Medical Association Journal suggests, “that resting heart rate can be used as a ‘death test’ to predict your chance of keeling over in the next two decades. People who have a resting heart rate of 80 beats per minute (bpm) are 45 per cent more likely to die of any cause in the next 20 years compared to those with the lowest measured heart rate of 45 bpm.”1  I expect my resting heart rate to continue to fall, albeit more slowly, into the low to mid 50s.  In his prime, Lance Armstrong had a resting heart rate of 32 beats per minute.

My O2 saturation went from a dangerously low low of 88 to a high of 98, which is excellent.  I am totally shocked by this turn of events, especially after expressing how concerned I was in my very last blog a week ago.  I genuinely think everything I am doing contributed to my resting heart rate and O2 saturation improvements, but if I had to pick one component of my regimen to give the most credit to, I would have to say it would be the Wim Hof Method.

Speaking of which, the Wim Hof Method is pretty amazing.  It may be the key to this whole thing and absolutely nobody is studying it.  This week Wim had me doing 3 sessions of breath work.  At the end of each session of 40 deep inhalations and exhalations, I hold my breath as long as possible.  I cracked the two minute mark this week.  After the fourth session, I do as many pushups as possible; without breathing.  We also do some yoga stretches including forward bending, back bending, planks and spine twists.  The cold therapy this week involved getting into a freezing cold shower for 30 seconds to start, taking a warm shower as long as I’d like, 30 more seconds of freezing cold water, back to warm shower for as long as I’d like, and finishing with 30 seconds of freezing cold water.  The first step into that cold shower is awful.  It’s really torture.  As I step into the cascade of ice water, I always yelp and begin counting aloud as I stand like a shivering statue.  Strangely, the second and third 30 second cold water sessions really aren’t bad at all.  Thanks to the WHM, I’m also already considerably more flexible.

Let’s hope I continue to make progress!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *