Well, i've been having good workouts, and eating super nutritious, but my weight's not going down. After pondering this for awhile, i decided to just let it be. One of my big goals was to get down to 170, as this would enhance my stair speed a good deal, but if i'm having great workouts, building fitness, and eating super healthy, i should accept it. Perhaps i'm just making up for all the years of atrocious eating habits, finally building the muscle i need to be a serious athlete, and generally healing. Fine. I'll keep mixing fasting into my regular plan for general brain and body health, and to keep my weight in check, but i'm going to eat healthy but what i want to, work out hard, and let my weight go where it may. Maybe when i hit my fitness goals, i'll try to edge my weight from 180 to 170. I assume if i'm fit enough to roll out of bed and run a quick 10 miles every morning, losing weight will be no big deal. Also, even if i don't do quite as well in the races as if i'd reduced my weight, i'll probably do better than last year, and in the long-term it's better to get genuinely healthy, and sort out any food issues.
I did make a new PR with my interval workout yesterday. Six two-minute intervals at 162 steps a minute, double stepping. 50 second off between each interval. Here was my heart rate data:
I actually felt i could have gone a little harder, though that last interval was pretty tough. I may try to reduce the rest intervals to 45 seconds next time. My goal is to reduce the rest intervals as much as i can before US bank. In a perfect world, i'd like to do those 12 minutes double stepping at 162 S/M with no rest, but that's not likely going to happen soon. But if i get close, i think my goal of US bank in 12 flat is not too improbable, as to reach my goal i "only" need to climb at 140 S/M and the steps at US bank are significantly shorter than the stairmaster. I'll also start practicing some real stairs wearing my 40 pound weight vest. My work building has 300 steps which is somewhat more than 1/6 US bank, so if i can climb it 6 times at 2 minutes per ascent, carrying 40 extra pounds, getting back down the elevator as quickly as i can, i'll also feel more confident about US bank.
Aside from these two interval approaches, i'll mix in some easy runs ( 10 miles at 8:00-9:00 pace ) as well as tough 10-15 minute pulls on the stairmaster. If i have time, maybe i'll do some of my 1,2,3 hour stairclimbs, but honestly, i'm going to de-prioritize those. I simply don't think i'll have the time or the physical recovery resources!
And i'll be doing lots of yoga, of course. That's changed my life so much, i could never imagine giving it up!