During that #Equifit, she took a bunch of readings and tested my strength (or lack of!) in NUMEROUS areas. This was QUITE a thorough process that took about an hour. And, it was a humbling experience because it highlighted my asymmetries (not abnormal) that need to be addressed AND it reminded me that I need to be FOAM ROLLING!
It turned out that all that data gathering wasn’t a “front” to get me to join their gym or purchase their personal training services. In fact, I was never asked to join and nor was I coerced into purchasing personal training sessions. I loved that they left the decision up to ME!
Here I am now as a member of #Equinox and have had two personal training sessions with Lori. And, those sessions specifically addressed my weaknesses AND they weren’t just random strengthening exercises. They’re designed around my goals this season, particularly Ironman 70.3 Steelhead (in which Lori is racing as well!) and Ironman Wisconsin, and making sure that I get there in good shape. So, we’ve done a ton of glute (lots of lateral!) and core strengthening and some upper body stuff to support my swimming.
Why the long post with all the detail? THE FACT THAT I HAVE TO GRAB ONTO SOMETHING AND SLOWLY LOWER MYSELF, because of how sore I am, is reminding me how awesome my session was TWO DAYS AGO! Gotta love #DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness). And, I want to remind you all that #CrossTraining is important during all that crazy endurance training we do — it’s a reality that must be addressed and can stave off injuries!
i have to be honest…
i am a rebellious person.
when i’m told not to do something, i typically want to do the opposite because i want to prove that i’m in control and not you. the same can be said when it comes to food.
since moving toward a paleo “lifestyle” in november 2012, it has definitely had an impact on controlling weight gain through the holidays and winter, coupled with non-ironman training type cardio.
going paleo, to me, has different depths. you can go ALL in (or have to due to medical conditions), where you are looking at specific chemicals in the products, how the animals you’re eating were fed, etc. or, you can go a little simpler, as i am. what are the key elements of paleo that i, personally, try to keep an eye on?
avoid processed foods.
too many items in the ingredients list = no no.
notice how i said “avoid” above?
it all sounds pretty easy, right?
i WANT that bag of chips. i WANT that cupcake in the office kitchen. i WANT those french fries! i WANT that sushi! AND, I’LL HAVE THEM! those are the times that you DON’T see me posting pictures on Instagram because i’m ASHAMED!!!
but, there you have it… i’m human! i have those cravings and the fact that i’m not SUPPOSE to have them, makes me want to have them even MORE! REBELLION!
but once you read Paleo Diet for Athletes, you learn that those “non-optimal” foods are typically “ok” during stages III & IV of recovery! so, workout and ye shall be rewarded! the longer the workout, the longer stage III is! read the book so you fully understand!
so, ken… what’s your point?
my point is that it’s perfectly fine that i rebel. yes, i should do less of it. and, that’s a work in progress. i’m working on focusing on those foods as “rewards” and “integral for recovery” post-workout. so, i don’t really HAVE to rebel as much as i want to, especially because my training has started to ramp up significantly lately with the LA Marathon in March.
how do YOU rebel? what’s YOUR weakness?
it’s like i post a dramatic two paragrapher and leave y’all hangin’! sorry!
i had my issue on the bike last tuesday…a WHOLE 10 days ago…
that also happened to be the last day i worked out (until i snuck into the gym to do a quick “efficiency upper” workout after work today!)…
this is how it played out…
POOR ME! eh…whatever!
so…bike…dizzy…flush…tired…weak…worried…took time off…planned to try back up easily this past monday.
no go…got hit with some flu bug that had me with a sore throat and REALLY tired beginning saturday evening.
it must be related to everything else, right?
OH…and, it MUST be related to my blood pressure which tends to “ride high”, right?!?
saw doctors…they just think it’s a virus…and that my body has been spending time telling me subtly with the random dizziness during workouts and then suddenly reared its head this weekend. AND, that blood pressure…nope…no need for drugs yet! just gotta keep an eye on that salt (wahhh!) and keep the activity high (yay for training! ugh!)
ok…thanks…i wish you drew blood and did more to be sure but that’s just super-neurotic me!
what do i think?
yes, i think they were correct.
i also think that a lot of everything was MAJORLY due to stress and fatigue… the nutrition thing i think is next on that checklist.
i’m a high strung guy. i’m super anal-retentive. i’m a worrier. i want everything i do to be 200% great so it takes a lot for me to delegate. therefore, my plate is typically OVERFLOWING! oh…it probably doesn’t help that i pretty much self diagnosed myself with attention deficit disorder too, does it?!? (i did an online test!)
I ALWAYS WANT TO PROVE THAT I’M GREAT BECAUSE I WANT EVERYONE TO LIKE ME! so, i take on everything and try to do tons at once and make tons of notes to myself so i know where i left off on the project i just walked away from. (post-it would make a fortune off of me if i didn’t enjoy evernote so much!)
yup…i laid it out there…so?
how do i continue accepting that all of the above that i just threw up onto you is…hugely…just me?!? how do i make it not literally get me sick?!?
i share it.
i think about it.
i try not to over-analyze it (keyword: TRY!).
and, i work on taking care of it…
“it” is ME!
i need to say “no” more often when asked to do something. i need to understand that it’s okay not to be perfect all the time. i need to let go more and trust in others. i need to allow myself to get a massage more often than i have to help me relax because i recognize that it’s really difficult for me to just stop, close my eyes, and take deep breaths in the middle of the day…i need to “schedule it”.
clearly…i haven’t been doing much training…almost two whole weeks…so…i’ve had time to think.
where do i go from here?
my plan is to feel good that i just shared all that with you…
then, i’ll work tomorrow…then, i’ll hopefully get to the vision quest workout at the UIC 50 meter pool in time to get a few laps in…and then i’ll enjoy my evening…
i’ll try to disconnect more and make sure i’m “doing me” enough so i can be “on and fresh” for training and the rest of my life at work and with my friends. this is a perfect time for a restart. i mean, it feels like spring in chicago already! AND, i’ve been given permission by my coach to follow doctor’s orders and ease back into training by doing 50-60% of what is prescribed this weekend.
i’ll balance it.
i’ll figure it out.
i’ll let go a tad.
but, i won’t try to change me.
after quite a few random drills that were probably laughable, I decided to say, “FUGGIT! JUST GO!”
so, that I did.
1×25 no stopping and only breathing to the left.
1×25 no stopping bilateral breathing…WAS OK WITH OCCASIONAL WATER SWALLOW!
REPEAT LAST 2 STEPS TWICE!
3X25 BACK TO BACK!!! WOO HOOOOOOOOO!!!!!
THAT! IS! ALL!