Building your Engine

The method behind the madness. I’m talking about going SLOW. Staying in a low heart rate zone. For those of you like me, this is a very trying time and takes tons of patience. I don’t like to slow down. But, when you’re trying to get faster, going slow in the beginning or BASE Phase is what it’s all about, especially when it comes to building speed endurance.

WHY?? you ask.. Well, our bodies can adapt to being very efficient machines, but they have to be trained to do so. What I mean by this is, even for the “SKINNY” people, we all have fat to burn , we have to train our bodies to burn our almost endless fat stores rather then our carbs or glycogen stores.

What happens when we go slow? We breath slower which means our bodies are getting more oxygen in our blood. Fat needs OXYGEN to burn. When your short of breath.. this is lack of oxygen which means your fat doesn’t have the oxygen it needs to be burned. Instead your body switches to carbs, and those come in a very finite supply and once those are gone our bodies start to do crazy things, actually without sugar, our brains won’t work. Sugars are the source of fuel for our amazing brains. So, lets keep the brain fed and use our fat for energy, we’ll last longer that way.

But if I am going slow, how in the world will I get faster? We’ll your heart is becoming more efficient in this stage AND let’s not forget we will add in some high drills. Just enough to produce lactate, which is also a fuel our muscles use, and flush it out with recovery. Nothing longer then 2 minutes or shorter then 30 seconds. It takes our bodies about 15 seconds to get in this zone anyways. Then for a full recovery, repeat this about 5 times and you’ll be well on your way. You do this about every 3-4 days.

This type of training lasts anywhere from 3-6 weeks. Blow it and your engine will not reach it’s full potential for racing. Which means NO TEMPOS, NO MILE REPEATS, Etc. Etc. and if your heart rate goes high on a run up a hill, well then, WALK!!! Same on the bike. DON’T Blow it and you know the minute you start BLOWING your Heart Rate is too HIGH!!!Let those other people pass you. Either they are truly faster, which means they’re ahead of you anyways OR they don’t know what there doing. They’ll be eating your dirt soon enough.

Remember this phase doesn’t last forever, your build will come soon enough. As well as your peak and racing then you’ll be begging for your base phase ;) .. Just to start the cycle over. So, be patient, be smart and enjoy this time.. cause this to shall pass


Sometimes it Just Hurts

Ever have those days.. you get up and it just hurts. You have a plan but everytime you turn around you hit a wall, those are hard days. You have a hard time seeing the other side of the Hill or Mountain or whatever it is your climbing.

Whether your running, riding, swimming through that ROUGH water or just living life.. we all have days like that. Legs feel tired, shoulders hurt, heart is pounding or life just isn’t what you expected it to be and it can take it’s toll, not just emotionally but physically.

As an athlete, the training we do helps us to cope with all those things that create instability in our lives. We can not control the world but we can control how we react to it, and part of that is being physically fit.

Today I was riding head on into the wind.. BIG WIND, my legs were hurting and I was feeling tired. Then somewhere in that misery and pain, a grin crept across my face that only a million dollars and a brand new Corvette(paid for of course) could have made bigger.. Somewhere a switch went off and the pain turned into pleasure… PURE JOY!! Man it felt good. I LOVE THAT PLACE.

Going 30+miles an hour on a push on a straight away. I feel like I’m FINALLY slowing down, not my speed though, just me doing something for me. We rush around all day and it’s when I am running fast or riding and pushing as hard as I can that I can finally BREATHE.. Let out that silent sigh “AAAAHHH” It feels good.

Just when I questioned why I do what I do.. It all fell into place, that place just for me and a satisified smile crept on my face like the cheshire cat!! I do what I do because I know that I will overcome that place of pain, that place of hurt, that place in life that sometimes just wasn’t what I expected and will be able to overcome it. No, it’s never easy but nothing good ever is.

Give it a try, I promise once you find that place there is no turning back


What’s the KEY???

What’s the best way to train?? The best way to stay fit?? The best way to eat well?? The best way to build endurance??

CONSISTENCY… If I say it once I say it a thousand times, just keep on keeping on. You get up everyday and consistently brush your teeth so you don’t get cavities or sometimes worse, have bad breath. You consistently go to work, eat, sleep. So what is the difference with training? Make it part of your LIFE. EVERYDAY!! The way you eat, the activities you do, even the company you keep. I’m not saying don’t hang with the …unfit… but I am saying, hang out with people who will help keep you in the best shape of your life.

Like Dave Ramsey says “you wanna be RICH.. Do RICH people things” … I say “you wanna be FIT..Do FIT people things.” and you don’t have to go broke doing either!!! Maybe you’ll just rub off on the unfit.. and if not then.. sad for them. As for the RICH hopefully they rub off on me:).

How do you stay consistent?? Why Brush your teeth? BECAUSE IT”S GOOD FOR YOU!!! yes, I know it only takes 2 minutes to brush your teeth and that’s if your doing it correctly. And training can take up to… well that depends on you. But if you add some friends into the mix… I can train all day.. and I bet you can too!!

But everyday?? Well you sleep everyday.. Eat everyday.. So..Yes. I’m not saying workout like crazy everyday, but have a consistent schedule. Change things up. Don’t run the same run everyday, but if you have to change it up. Run faster for 30 seconds a few times add some knee lifts. Do what you need to do. Build on your fitness regularly and make it part of your life everyday!!!