A High-Octane Workout… and a Milestone Three Years in the Making!

Two topics to discuss today, both relating to exercise. Let’s get to it!

A HIGH-OCTANE WORKOUT. My buddy Geoffrey is a triathlete, a tri coach, and a group fitness instructor. He extended an offer to me last year to come and take one of his classes. Since I’m finally in town, I was able to take him up on his offer.

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I woke up at the crack of dawn and headed into Detroit for Coach Geo’s 6am High Octane class, held at Detroit Body Garage, a new gym that opened a couple months ago. It’s in a beautiful, small building in the West Village that’s reported to be the oldest bank building in the city.

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The gym, which offers a variety of classes, is basically one bright, open space with lots of windows and walls lined with various pieces of equipment.

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The High Octane class was a HIIT (high intensity interval training) workout based on the Tabata method, where you do 20 seconds on and 10 seconds off. Coach Geo wrote out a long list of everything we’d be doing, and took a few minutes at the start of the class to explain all the moves. Then, when we got started, we didn’t stop.

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There was all sorts of challenging exercises, like squat jumps and flutter kicks. A couple exercises involved kettlebells. Occasionally we had a 60-second break, but Geo was diligent with keeping time, and he pushed us. It was a great workout. I was sore the next day. I was sore the day after that, when I competed in the Escape to Belle Isle 10K. And, I got to drive past the Renaissance Center on my way home, venue for the first (and, so far, only) stair race I’ve done in Michigan.

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Geoffrey is also an excellent chef, and he founded a food delivery company called Better Woodman (his last name), so athletes and health-minded folks in the Detroit area could get healthy, freshly made meals. Check it out!

A MILESTONE THREE YEARS IN THE MAKING. In 2013, I was sidelined for about six weeks as I recovered from an operation. I came up with a perfect, wonderfully nerdy goal to help get myself back in the swing of exercise: to count the miles I completed doing any kind of cardio, and then rack up 274 miles – the distance from my house to Las Vegas. My Cardio to Vegas challenge was a big success, resulting in some of my all-time favorite blog posts, so I kept counting my cardio miles, even after I “made it” to Vegas.

Over the course of the next two years, I kept counted my miles and “made it” to Utah, then Colorado, then Nebraska, then Illinois. Then, in February of this year, I gave myself a big goal: log 2,500 miles – a little more than what’s needed to make it from coast to coast!

And guess what just happened? I made it!

After my workout on July 19th, I had 2,498.3 miles under my belt. Pretty close!

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On July 20th, I logged 5.8 new miles: 1.2 from 27 minutes on the arc trainer, and 4.6 from 21 minutes on a bike. That was enough to take me across the threshold!

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2,504.1 miles! WOO-HOO!  That’s more than enough to get me from the Santa Monica Pier, extending into the Pacific Ocean, to the Jacksonville Beach Pier, which extends into the Atlantic.

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The question is…what’s my next goal? Do I start my way back across the country? Do I head up the Atlantic coast? I actually don’t know yet. I’m going to continue counting my cardio miles (at this point, after three years, it’s second nature), and I’m sure I’ll come up with a good goal soon. You all will be the first to know!

Keep it up, David!

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4 Responses to A High-Octane Workout… and a Milestone Three Years in the Making!

  1. I think you should go around the world!

    • David says:

      Fantastic idea – I’d have to break it down into chunks, though. At my current rate, it’ll take me another 27 years to go all the way around!

  2. Erin says:

    How about a goal of swimming from Jacksonville to Key West?

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