Set The Bar High

If you were an excellent swimmer with great stamina and superb skills, you might not know if you were capable of swimming the English Channel until you actually set out to swim it.

You never know our limits until we test them. And even if we do discover limits, those limits can certainly be conquered with enough determination and effort.

Just give it your all and you may surprise yourself!

Set your goals high and celebrate every achievement no matter how small or how big as those achievements bring you closer to your life changing goal!

DO IT NOW!

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Back to the Nutritional Basics

I read a lot about nutrition, performance, training and technology. It keeps me up on the real and unreal. It also help me form my own opinion and decide on what to bring to my athletes.

One thing I never understood is the flip flop approach in nutrition. One day coffee is evil, the next it is a miracle. Eat low fat, high fat, low protein, lots of protein, low carbs, bad carbs, good carbs.

It will make your head spin!

One thing I do know being a coach and athlete is the nutrition plays an integral part in performance and recover.

When you look at the basics you have you proteins, carbs, and fats. Our bodies are designed to process these basic nutritional building blocks into energy. Thats it. We are designed to eat for energy. Vitamins aside, this energy helps us repair, recover and train.

I recently found this article about 5 Superfoods.

This is bringing it back to the basics.

You have your eggs which was once evil, turmeric which seemed to disappear, chocolate which was once evil because of sugar, butter which was pure evil and peppermint. Well never really read anything bad about peppermint.

Enjoy the read and make an omelet with eggs in butter, throw in some veg, sprinkle some turmeric. Have a glass of water with a peppermint leave. Oh and make sure you throw in some dark chocolate.

Good Pain, Bad Pain, and In-between

FOCUSED TRAINING AND PAIN

There are three different type of pain when it comes to training. You have GOOD PAIN, BAD PAIN AND IN-BETWEEN.

You are reading this thinking, “WHAT?!?” Just stick with me! I know we are in a culture of a lot of flip flopping when it comes to knowledge. We hear, “No Pain No Gain” then we hear, you should not have pain, then we hear you should do High Intensity Training till your lungs explode.

AHHHH! When we are training for our goal, whether it is to loose weight, PR, or win a race, etc. You have to stress your bodies different energy systems through focused training and allow it to recover in order to make the gains that you are looking for as part of your goal.

NOW! With focused training comes focused pain?You have GOOD PAIN, BAD PAIN AND IN-BETWEEN PAIN. You might be confused but hear me out.

  • GOOD PAIN – This is the exhausting pain you feel from the long endurance ride or run where you just pushed your body to a level that it is familiar with but not happy about. Think of the feeling when you go out for that long training session or low weight resistance training.

  • BAD PAIN – This is the pain you never want to feel. This is that popping in the knee, a strained muscle, IT band slipping, foot pain, shoulder freezing, calf feels like lighning bolts are hitting it. This is the pain that ends up in a trip to the ART therapist for some soft tissue therapy!

  • IN-BETWEEN PAIN – This is the good stuff! This is the pain where you are teetering between BAD PAIN AND GOOD PAIN. This is the threshold workouts that are slightly above and below threshold. This is the workouts where you have nothing left to give!

 

IN-BETWEEN SESSIONS ARE THE MONEY WORKOUTS. IF DONE CORRECTLY, THEY ARE THE WORKOUTS THAT CAUSE THE GREATEST BANG FOR YOUR TIME.

SO SET YOUR SAILS, TRAIN VERY SPECIFIC AND FOCUSED WHILE THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX.

THIS WORKS!!

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