Monday, May 31

hibernation

It has been a tough couple of months watching friends and clients start their race seasons. I have really been itching for the chance to get out and really warm up the engine that I have been building over the winter. Yesterday I jumped into the 10km component of the Calgary Marathon; anxious to see the results of my new running form.

Since the beginning of January I have been building my gluteus and hamstrings strength in order to promote a more efficient hip movement. I know that things are coming along because my pants no longer slip off my body! I have a but (albeit small) that is holing them up.

The first 5km of the race felt effortless; like I was just floating along, it felt great to hope out in front with the Kenyans. At the 6km mark my pace hit the wall as my form started to slip and my quads took over. My pace slowed by over 10 seconds per kilometer right through to the end.

Fitness wise it is a great indication that I'm strong, creating great confidence for the upcoming season. There are still a number of things to work on, with form fitness being the priority.

I was given a great perspective on the race last night by a new friend. He mentioned that I need to bank my energy surrounding my latest result; so that I can draw upon it when my training hits a valley.



All in all, I'm stoked to see the results from the revised approach this year.

Thursday, May 27

creative thought



The last few weeks have seen there fair share of excitement with camps in Vernon, Calgary and a little stint climbing the passes of the Golden Triangle. I have been fortunate enough with all of the added pressure to stay healthy, but doing so has me riding the knife edge.

I have had several clients and friends ask how I know when to back things off? The answer is not definite but requires a great deal of listening to my body. With that here are three signs that let me know when I'm on the edge.

1. All creative thought is lost. It is hard to read books, Paint, Write and think on a constructive basis.

2. The tickle in the back of my throat. When I get the tickle in my throat I tend to go into full attack mode; salt water naisle flush, warm salt water gargle, more sleep, extra vitamins, orange juice, ginger, honey...

3.The body will not recover. Cumulative fatigue after 5 or 6 workouts does not fade even with the use of massage, rest and active recovery.

There are scientific mean to knowing that the body requires more rest but I believe that there are warning signs that accompany or even prequel the hearts reaction to cumulative stress. Not everyone will have the same signs but testing yourself and recording thoughts and feelings during training can allow you to analyze your limits.

Tuesday, May 4

Into the Storm

Yesterday i rounded off 28 years on this planet with one of my top ten days of all time! What a spectacular day it was. As my Mondays usually go I was at the pool with the Triathlon Club for 6 am. Instead of heckling from the sidelines I decided it was time to jump in and create some waves. Grant put on a great practice pushing the pace and making me hurt. After that I jumped on my bike and fought the headwind and impending storm out to Bragg Creek. Just as I reached Bragg the rain started; I promptly turned around with the help of a nice little tail wind avoided the water wave all the way home.




The rest of the afternoon was spent with my girl, cooking dinner and getting what could be one of the most well thought out gifts I have ever received. With out a doubt the Talking Heads 77 album 'psycho killer' showcases one my top ten greatest songs of all time. I have been searching for this record for over 5 years! With a little cheesecake in the evening to top things off; I went to bed with a serious smile on my face.




I can’t seem to face up to the facts
I’m tense and nervous and I can’t relax
I can’t sleep ‘cause my bed’s on fire
Don’t touch me I’m a real live wire

Psycho Killer
Qu'est-ce que c'est?
fa fa fa fa fa fa fa fa fa fa better
Run run run run run run run away
OH OH OH