Thursday, June 19, 2008


Hey there...its been a couple of days and I wanted to tell you about part 2 of "55 FEST". My last post told of running 54 minutes at 11:06 on the eve of my turning 55..followed immediately at midnight with a run of 55 minutes to salute the new age of 55. Just a bottle of water and a gu packet accompanied me.

I then ran 11.5 miles on a high school track sandwiched between a hospital and a hospice. Hey, lets be honest, I am closer to the end, than the beginning, but why can't a man have his fun?? I went home, caught 6 hours of sleep and then headed to the gym for Part 2 of 55Fest

I drove 55 miles an hour to a Starbucks. I ordered a special, 55 ounce cup of their boldest, baddest brewed beans. Then I did the New York Times crossword puzzle in a startling 5.5 minutes...
Back up!!!!! forget that last paragraph. That was a dream.!!!!!
55 fest fitness frenzy
Alright...this did happen. At Fitworks, the theme was 55. It was a weights day with some twists.
I am a supersetter when I lift. I never rest, because I attack a push muscle, followed immediately by a pull muscle. Example. Bench press. Push. Bicep Curl Pull.

Stability balls are always used too. I began with 5.5 minutes..balanced on the ball. I even snapped a cellphone shot of this in the mirror. The photo would be down here but for some reason I can't drag the shots down through the post to this spot. (anyone else having this trouble?) Anyway the balancing on your knees activates the core.. Plus, they tell me as you age, you have a tougher time balancing. Not me, I hope.

I then did 55 crunches sitting on the ball, followed by 55 push ups with my feet up on the ball.
Then, it was time for the weights.
Every exercise was 5 sets of 11 reps. You do the math. 55 reps
Barbell Bench press--superset-Dumbell Bicep Curls
Shoulder press w/barbell --superset--seated Lat Pull
Dips for Triceps-superset--barbell wrist curls
*second phase*
Dumbell Flyes--superset--Barbell Bicep Curls
Shoulder Shrugs w/ Dumbells-superset-Wide Grip Pullups using weight Machine 120lbs
Strive Tricep Machine-superset-More barbell wrist curls.
Meters rowing on Concept 2 Machine 27 minutes
Elliptical..warm up and then 5.5 minutes at 160 heart rate
Treadmill..loosen up and then 5.5 minutes at 155 heart rate.
Stationary Bike ...5.5 minutes at 150 heart rate.
Finished with 5.5 more minutes kneeling on Stability ball, moving 4 pound medicine ball from arm to arm, working shoulder and keeping core activated and balancing...
Workout done.
Later, the kids prepared a great meal. Pork Tenderloin, Salad, Corn on the Cob and of course some cheesecake... Great way to hit the Big 55. I am energized and excited to be racing the Spirit of Morgantown Half Ironman..Can't wait. Good Luck to those racing Ironman CdA. Locals will race at Maumee Bay. Good Luck Steve in a Speedo at Grandmas Marathon and many many more.
My next post will deal with someone who I think would make a great Ironman!!
Life is a Blast!!!!!


Viv said...

You and the segways. The majic number is 5-5. LOL!
You are a 55 year young kicking machine..Like a Mytag it just keeps on working!

Kevin said...

You are truly amazing. That was a whole lotta 55s. You must not feel much younger then 55

rocketpants said...

AWESOME BIRTHDAY! HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Wow...quite the feat you accomplished there.

Marni said...

SOunds like a great day!!! Happy birthday :) I love the gu and water pic.
You look strong on the stability ball..I know that is HARD to do!

Lily on the Road said...

You are one lean, mean, 55 machine!

Yikes, you're putting me to shame...

Keep up the GREAT work!

Glad you had a nice family party too!

RunBubbaRun said...

Ahhh, you almost got me going with the starbucks thing.. Now do they really make a 55oz there?

Great job on the 55's workouts.. Man on a mission you are.

The Lazy Triathlete said...

JT, you just give all of us whipper-snappers motivation.

Wes said...

I think I would be ready to call it a life after all that :-)

Anonymous said...

Very creative ways to celebrate your birthday...I like it :)

You inspire me to do some symbolic and memorable things for my next birthday!

TrainingtoTri said...

sheesh that is way too much math for me, I can barely count laps in the pool! You're amazing.

Donald said...

I think numerologists can go crazy with the double nickel.

Happy birthday, dude! Keep getting better with age. Life is good, indeed.

Brian said...

Nice job. I hope I'll be able to do all that at 40 much less 55. Keep up the good work.

Rainmaker said...

My...what big balls you have under you.

Lisa - Slow & Steady said...

Wow. You really know how to celebrate a birthday!

Happy Belated Birthday!!

Jack said...

Hey John, great meeting you at the Cleveland Marathon. I have not been blogging much so just saw your comment about me and my sons. That is one of the benefits of trithlon in addition to keeping me sane I am showing the kids a good example and that the old guy can still do it. Loved your 55 workouts!

See you in Morgantown.

Marcy said...

Man, I should get going on this dealy while I'm young, eh? It's only going to get harder as I up in years hehe.

Awesome job!

Triteacher said...

Yummmmm - you had me at pork tenderloin and cheesecake... Nicely done on your 55 fest!

Matt Collister said...

John, Happy birthday! Think I saw you riding in the Chagrin Valley this morning?

Patricio said...

Awesome way to celebrate your 55!
Well done sir!

Tri to Be Funny said...

You are a freaking stud!!! I want to be like you when I grow up for sure!!!!