Training Choices


I am typing this while I am warming up on a trainer getting ready for an early morning ride.

The alarm went off at 4:30 am. I had a choice, do I press snooze, do I not warm up, do I grab my coffee?

I got out of bed, prepped my bottles, aired up my tires, geared up(kinda) and started to spin out my legs.

You see when training for multi-discipline event, you have choices every day. Some good, some bad, and some neutral. As you get closer to race day, your body, if trained properly, starts to head over the over training present line. Those choices become more on the realm of, I will do it later, should I go harder, maybe I should quit because I may not be ready.

The choice is yours. Make the decision and own it. If it turns our great, awesome. If it turns out bad, oh well.

Make the choice and live with the outcome. Remember, for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.

Make it an epic one and live with your choices. It’s never wrong or right. It is just an outcome.

I know that I may be the only one up this early warming up for a 4 hr ride. That is what makes me know it is the right choice. You are reading this while I am riding for hours.

See ya at the start line!


Water vs Coke

This was copied from a post in Facebook. I don’t have the actual link to back this up. However, this is important to read!

We all know that water is important and soda products are detrimental to health. But when you put them head to head, the comparison sinks home.

Take a looks, read it over, share it and tell me the first thought that comes to your mind.

1. 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated.

2. In 37% of Americans, the thirst mechanism is so weak that it is often mistaken for hunger.

3. Even MILD dehydration will slow down one’s metabolism as much as 30%.

4. One glass of water will shut down midnight hunger pangs for almost 100% of the dieters studied in a University of Washington study.

5. Lack of water, the #1 trigger of daytime fatigue.

6. Preliminary research indicates that 8-10 glasses of water a day could significantly ease back and joint pain for up to 80% of sufferers.

7. A mere 2% drop in body water can trigger fuzzy short-term memory, trouble with basic math, and difficulty focusing on the computer screen or on a printed page.

8. Drinking 5 glasses of water daily decreases the risk of colon cancer by 45%, plus it can slash the risk of breast cancer by 79%, and one is 50% less likely to develop bladder cancer.

And now for the properties of COKE

1. In many states (in the USA) the highway patrol carries two gallons of Coke in the truck to remove blood from the highway after a car accident.

2. You can put a T-bone steak in a bowl of coke and it will be gone in two days.

3. To clean a toilet: Pour a can of Coca-Cola into the toilet bowl and let the “real thing” sit for one hour, then flush clean. The citric acid in Coke removes stains from vitreous china.

4. To remove rust spots from chrome car bumpers: Rub the bumper with a rumpled-up piece of aluminum foil dipped in Coca-Cola.

5. To clean corrosion from car battery terminals: Pour a can of Coca-Cola over the terminals to bubble away the corrosion.

6. To loosen a rusted bolt: Applying a cloth soaked in Coca-Cola to the rusted bolt for several minutes.

7. To bake a moist ham: Empty a can of Coca-Cola into the baking pan, wrap the ham in aluminum foil, and bake. Thirty minutes before the ham is finished, remove the foil, allowing the drippings to mix with the Coke for a sumptuous brown gravy.

8. To remove grease from clothes: Empty a can of coke into a load of greasy clothes, add detergent, and run through a regular cycle. The Coca-Cola will help loosen grease stains. It will also clean road haze from your windshield.

For Your Info
1. The active ingredient in Coke is phosphoric acid. Its pH is 2.8. It will dissolve a nail in about 4 days. Phosphoric acid also leaches calcium from bones and is a major contributor to the rising increase in osteoporosis.

2. To carry Coca-Cola syrup (the concentrate) the commercial truck must use the Hazardous material place cards reserved for Highly corrosive materials.

3. The distributors of coke have been using it to clean the engines of their trucks for about 20 years!


When You Need to Step Back

We all are going to bump heads with illness while training. It is not an easy nut to swallow but it will happen.

You cross your fingers, eat your apple a day, take your vitamins, but chances are that you will get sick and will have to step your training back or take the dreaded rest week or two.

It happens and it happens to everyone. When training at high or higher levels than your body had adapted to puts you immune system in a compromised position.

So what to do if you get the dreaded sickness. Well first, go to the doctor and get set on the correct path to recovery. I am not a medical doctor so I will not make medical assumptions.

However, most importantly is to listen to your body. If your training session seems harder than normal, take a break. If you are not recovering well, take a break. If you are physically and emotionally drained, take a break.

Listen to your body and listen closely, that week or two in poor training sessions can put you out of the game for a long time. You are better off taking the small loss in fitness by cutting back or even taking off for a week or two.

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