The world lost an incredible mother, wife, daughter, friend, attorney, underprivileged advocate, and community member suddenly and unexpectedly on October 16, 2013. In honor of my late wife, Holli Wallace, I am training for the Hallucination 100 mile trail run and raising money for the Children's Grief Center of the Great Lakes Bay Region.

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Thursday, April 18, 2013

My fitness numbers

Well, here I am successfully in week 3 of my training program with about 20 weeks until the big race (Hallucination 100) and one week until my first race of the year (Trail Marathon).  I still have some training hurdles ahead of me (namely 18 days in Asia), but I'm still feeling good about my plans for the year.  Last week I participated in a study for a health sciences student at SVSU and went through a series of fitness tests.  In addition to the simple fact that I like data, I thought this might be a fun way to track the impact of my training program.  I get retested in a few months so we'll see if there is a difference.  Here are the interesting factoids about me.  Ratings (excellent, good, poor, etc.) and percentiles are based on some charts that they gave me at the fitness test and based on age.

  • Blood pressure: 126/78  (prehypertensive, ug)
  • Weight: 137.7 lb
  • Height: 66.1 inches
  • BMI: 22.2  ("normal weight")
  • Total cholesterol: 220 (borderline high, also ug)
  • HDL: 38
  • Glucose: 89
  • Skinfold (body fat): 15.7% +/- 3-4%  (75th percentile and excellent)
  • Total Grip Strength: 84  (Poor)
  • Sit-ups in one minute: 41 (Excellent, in fact I only needed 25 for excellent)
  • Push-ups in one minute: 36 (Excellent, in fact I only needed 30 for excellent)
  • Walking test (VO2): 51.3 (80th to 90th percentile)
  • Sit and reach: 29.5  (Good)

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