Making the Commitment: Focusing on the core

My friend Jeremy started a blog this year -- Train to Tri -- and has been doing a great job at documenting his training as he heads toward his first triathlon (and, I hope, beyond). It's very motivating to read his blog for several reasons and I greatly admire his attention to detail with his training. It makes me realize how I don't get too detailed with my runs or workouts whether they're good or bad. I've tried before. In the summer of 2008, when I was training for the Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon in Virginia Beach, I regularly posted what my workouts were ... then I hurt my tail bone that messed up that whole training cycle. I'm not making any promises that I'm going to immediately change things, but I think it's important that when I post my goals that I write more about what's happening in that process. I have to hold myself more accountable.

So ... yesterday I set that goal of a 2-minute plank for March. Tonight the march toward that goal started. Among other things, I maxed out my plank at 1:25, 12 seconds better than my initial test last week.

I also did this, with two 15-second reps:

Bird dog, abs

(No, that's not me. Click on the photo for more details on the Bird Dog exercise.) I somehow managed to stay fairly upright and didn't fall on my face. Thanks to Steena for suggesting this a couple of weeks ago.

For more details on tonight's workout, visit my Daily Mile entry.