Tag Archives: health

Curve Balls in Life

I don’t know anyone that has a perfect life. There will be curve balls but it is how you react. Many know about my toxic levels of Vitamin D which is rare. First, I became advocate for my own health which you have to do today. I wanted to know why and what causing high levels.  Instead letting the Nurse Partition-er say it is okay to live that way, I wanted to see a specialist. I wanted to feel better, not feel crappy all the time. I am happy I did. My kidneys were causing it to elevate. My 1.25 kidneys has had problems processing red meats, so now it is all meats. Stopping eating them and feel better. Vitamin D at kidney level is good but the higher level is still high.  Cutting back on endurance events has made my kidneys happy too. It is how react and push forward that your life moves forward.

My glass is half full! Now if I can get faster! 

What Did I Learn Today?

Not every workout is going to be good, as I explain to Dan. I am coaching Dan to train for his first triathlon, Eagleman Half Ironman. Checking in, he said yesterday he felt tired and slow running 4 miles. So today he took as rest day, which is okay. My point not all workouts will be good. When the workout is bad and you pushed through, “Self Talk”, makes you mentally stronger for your race. Endurance races are half physical and half mental. Dan was a sprinter in high school then switch to endurance is learning new lessons everyday in his training.

So what did you learn today?

What is the Voice In Your Head Saying?

Yesterday, Outside magazine had an interesting article, “The Voice In Your Head Will Make You a Better Runner.” Today, so many runners run with music because of the iPods and smartphones. But when you run a race, many races don’t allow headsets because of safety issues. Triathlons don’t allow any headsets/music at anytime during or you are disqualified.

When you are running with music outside, you are missing the point of the workout. Use nature as your music, birds will sing your way through run to allow you to meditate. Disconnecting from the music/smart phone allows your brain to clear and take a break  from everyday problems to solve issues faster. But it is the self talk that pushes you through the exhaustion  So when real life is challenging, you will be stronger to deal with it in positive, not as threat. Past couple of years, I had many life challenges but I got through it positive attitude.

So next time you run remove yourself from the music to contemplate your life challenges.

 

What is Your Special Place

Cyclists, Runners and Triathletes have special place that they can go to unwind. Last year, when I moved to live on Lake Gardner, I realized I was steps away from running on trails at Woodsom Farm. Today, I just couldn’t do the bike on the trainer but be running outside on this lovely spring day.  When I run to the top of Whittier Hill, I feel I am in the Sound of Music with the views. The pictures below are the views from the top of that hill.

 Woodsom Farm Lake Gardner and Powwow Hill

 A place to sit to contemplate or meditate

I am looking forward in a few weeks when the flowers and leaves on the trees.

Let me know what your special place you like to go to contemplate or Zen or meditate.

What do you skip in your workouts?

What do you skip during your workouts that impacts reaching your goal?

Many of you skip recovery, stretching, massage and/or Self-Myofascial Release. But these are your key ingredients to successful training from losing weight to competing in triathlons to road races.

To get everyone in the habit as part of daily workouts, I am doing a 6 week Self-Myofascial Release Program starting tomorrow at 7 pm at Latitude Sports Clubs in Salisbury.

I seen many people in the gym foam rolling but not getting the full benefit.
Each class will focus on specific part of body. Using new techniques
With Foam Roller and Balls.

We will also be doing Yin Yoga and Active Isolated Stretches.

Download registration form, fill it out and go to Latitude to sign up: self-myofascialreleasejan2017

Indoor Triathlon Series Training Hint #9

We are officially into the 9th week of training for our indoor triathlon series. Everyone enrolled will be in their last week of build phase. This week’s training will look like this: Tuesday swim 40 minutes (warm up 300 yards /2 x 100y 70-75% effort/2 x 150 yards at 65-70% effort/2 x 200y at 70-75% effort)/cool down 100 yards); Wednesday Spin Class or bike 30-45 minutes follow with transition run 20 minutes; Friday Run (run 25 minutes/walk 1 minute/run 15 minutes)); Saturday swim 900y or 20 minutes continuously then Spin or Bike 45 minutes; Sunday Bike 30 minutes follow with transition run 30 minutes.

There is room for the January 21st race, 1st race of series, please enroll by filling out the registration form and send via mail or delivering to the Latitude Sports Clubs front desk in Salisbury. Indoor Triathlon Series registration form is on: https://gearupforfitness.files.wordpress.com/2012/11/2017indoortrisbrochure.pdf

Latitude Indoor Series Hint #8

We are officially into the 8th week of training for our triathlon series. Everyone enrolled will be in their build phase. This week, we will continue building endurance for each sport and will add some speed workouts. This week’s training will look like this: Tuesday swim 35 minutes (warm up 400 yards / (4 x 100 yards build each 25y 60 to 75% effort/200 yards at 65-70% effort/4 x 50y at 70-75% effort)/cool down 100 yards); Wednesday Spin Class or bike 30-45 minutes follow with transition run 20 minutes; Friday Run (run 20 minutes/walk 1 minute/run 15 min)); Saturday swim 20 minutes continuously then Bike 30-40 minutes; Sunday Bike 20 minutes follow with transition run 20 minutes.

If this sounds interesting to you, please enroll by filling out the registration form and sending via mail or delivering to the Latitude Sports Clubs front desk in Salisbury. Indoor Triathlon Series registration form is on: https://gearupforfitness.files.wordpress.com/2012/11/2017indoortrisbrochure.pdf