I've found after last weekends first trip out into the wilderness with the KLR, which involves totally new different riding positions, terrains, techniques, muscling the bike around, various demands on the body, etc, that there's a whole new set of muscle groups which have stood-up and said "*ahem*, what the hell about me?!" These aches only lasted for a day afterwards which is a good sign (well sharing a bottle of neat Glenlivet with a mate upon return might have helped!), but my prior riding fitness for sportsbikes simply doesn't apply to this style of adventure-riding and I'm seeking your expert opinion!
I'm 31yo, 6" tall, weigh 72.2kg's (just confirmed by jumping on the scales before typing this!), with a lean but muscular build and now have a hint of puppy-fat starting to show around the middle for the first time ever. Strangely enough I've gone down a size in pant-waist?! I'm for whatever reasons usually the designated alpha-male in my various groups of mates (esp when hanging out with the city lads), and can always hold my ground in a situation thanks to my past training and work...
I have fast intuitive reflexes, very strong legs, knees not so much due to prior sports injuries, have strong neck and shoulders (which are knotted to kingdom-come), and very strong hands and feet also. I am overall pretty flexible too. My core strength is adequate atm but somewhat lacking these days, and I find myself tiring sooner than I really ought to when pushing myself hard physically. On occasion I can get a sciatic nerve pinch, or a hard pinch in my shoulders when hyper-entending which can take a while to shake-out...that hurts like a biatch and then-some!!!
I smoke cigs moderately, never touch drugs, and drink on occasion (sometimes a tad more than I really should, and sorry for the anti-US jibe about your forces in a totally separate post btw buddies...I genuinely regret that btw!!!). Looking back, the other day to a pic of me at 24yo at my prime, I've know I've lost a lot of my physical edge, but not according to my mate over the weekend who I went riding and camping with...he was of the opinion that I'm more filled-out and stronger than before, and was jealous of my build...I nearly burst out laughing!!! I'm just a lot bigger and tougher than any of my city mates, but that's no yard-stick to judge me upon given I'm mid-range compared to my country-mates!
I admittedly have let myself go a bit over the past few years relying on a stupidly hight metabolism, but over the winter my housemate has seen a sharp decline and startled me by saying the other day, that I'm the unhealthiest person he hangs with. That was reality hitting me HARD and was my wake-up call to snap out of my current situation!!! I'm far from the peak which I used to be and need to get back in form, and I can logically trace it back to my mum passing away a year ago after being her full-time carer and being in a long-term fog/daze. Puppy-fat?!?! NEVER have I ever had that, and lost my core strength...I'm furious at myself for allowing this to happen and am amazed that my gf's allowed me to get away with that. I disgust myself, arrrrgggghhhh!!!!
FITNESS ROUTINES, WORKOUTS & DIETS....HIT ME UP WITH YOUR INPUTS!!!!
we're going to go back to the gym like we did a few years back and get me back in prime shape...but what exercises should I be working on???
Over the next year, I'm going to be doing a few endurance and navigational bike rally's on the KLR, and after that I'll be doing a trip or two overseas which is yet to be determined for location...likely NZ, Canada and the USA, or Sth Africa to England. I need to get fit and gain strength in a number of areas for obvious reasons...this is where your input comes into play!