Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Train smart for competition

It happens all the time when training for an event as demanding as the spartan races, I push myself so hard in training that I’m injured, completely burnt out or both by the time it comes to the actual competition. To prepare for the spartan sprint race in Tuxedo I didn’t alter my normal training regimen and was pretty pleased with my results. But thats not going to fly this september in staten island, I’m going to need what I brought to Tuxdedo......and then some. I’ve really been pushing myself these last few weeks to increase my endurance, the fantasy of coming even close to Hobie drives me through each intense workout. I often think.... what’s Hobie doing? what does this one say about nutrition? What about this fitness guru, what’s he saying? There’s no question that there’s useful information out there but adhering to someone else’s training program to the letter is somewhat akin to taking someone’s meds because you have similar symptoms. I believe that when it comes to preparing for events such as these, an eclectic approach is best. You are your best coach, listening closely to the cues your body is giving you. For me this means recovery time is as important as intensive training time. I have a bad habit of trying to train through an injury, or rather not altering my training appropriately when injured. Sometimes I’ll almost unconsciously target the area of my body that’s injured (maybe I should discuss that one in therapy). I’m really attempting a different approach this time.......more rest, better nutrition, smarter training. I will keep you posted on my (hopefully uninjured) status.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

NY Spartan Race. 6/4/11

The spartan race sprint is 3 miles of brutal hill running, rock scrambling, obstacle scaling, javelin throwing and gladiator avoiding hell and it's the most painful fun I've had in a long time. I finished in the top 10% of the elite division and my clients Courtney and Margaret finished 1st and 9th (I'm blown away). This was a wicked tough race and all facets of my training were utilized. The aspect of Inside Out Training that that was most beneficial to me during the race was the mind-fullness that I always preach to all my students. Be aware of your energy levels, your abilities and your rate of recovery, training smart is the best way to become a winner. To me training smart means "I buy the whole package", strength, flexibility, agility, power and speed, and with these in your arsenal you'll never be a loser. To me, not being a loser is not letting myself down no matter what place I finish, it's knowing that there were no "holes" in my program and confirmation that I'm training effectively for what I want to excel at. I compete against myself, pushing as hard as I can, comfortable in my own abilities I find myself encouraging other racers, because that's who I want to be, and what I want to receive from other people. This is where I'm most at home, helping coaching and supporting, simply because I want the same things and hope to be treated the same way. This is winning at life, the person I want to be. There are more races to come, I feel re-invigorated and motivated for the next event, now I've got something to train for!