Wednesday, November 21, 2007

who do you want as your strength coach!

getting to a distance goal!

Me running the Bataan Death March in March of 2004. 43km with rucksack in New Mexico (500ft of elevation during the race, and 2 miles of loose sand) Read more about the race at

As of recently my fitness spirit has led me to obtaining a great 500m rowing time. (1:30... currently I'm at 1:34.8) There are many ways to train for a goal, but sometimes the way you track something or time it, can change the way you think.

for example
Standard: the way in which most people will time an even. Press Start and GO and then move and press stop when complete. this gives you an idea of how much longer than your goal it takes you.

Reverse: If you have a goal time this will give you a better example as to how much time you have left to complete the task. Set time to goal time and watch those seconds disappear. Track how far you have left and close that distance. (excellent on the track and dead simple on the rower)

Pace: If you have the luxury of running with someone that can make your goal time, give it a try and see how long you last. On the rower set your pace boat and try to keep up!

With all distance training, even sprints there is a method to the madness. They are tactical events and should be treated at such. Even though you have me beat from the line I will have more energy to pass you at the end. Negative splits, meaning that the second portion of the race is ran/rowed whatever faster than the first. This strategy will lead to drastic time improvements. Remember that the end of the race, is the important part to be ahead at.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007


Any diseases and conditions that cause illness in humans is nutrient related. They may include deficiencies or excesses in the diet. Obesity and eating disorders, and chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, hypertension, cancer, and diabetes are cause by intake. Nutritional diseases also include developmental abnormalities that can be prevented by diet.

Chinese medicine has been using natural methods to prevent disease for thousands of years successfully. I beleive in eating real foods, that are unprocessed to accomplish this task.

Why is this not commonly known information???? Large groups such as the FDA in the US have determined that diseases are to be cured by drugs, even though they themselves admit that ALL disease is caused my nutritional intake. Scurvy is the best example of this. I could go and eat oranges and be 100% cured from scurvy, but I would be prescribed Vitamin C..... now in this case I would say both are equal solutions. In many scenarios they are not. Side effects from drugs are typically unknown or considered acceptable.
Do you accept unknown side effects.

many times drugs usefulness are very ineffective are fixing problems. Cold medication is a perfect example of this.

There are no side effects to eating properly, only side benefits.

Any of my zoners out there post your experiences in how you feel day to day, or how about how long you have been on the diet and when the last time you were sick was (and how long it took before you were better).... It's amazing how simple this is and that the food that makes you perform better will make you lengthen your life, and prevent disease.

Eat and perform like a champion, live a long and full life!

Monday, November 19, 2007

Put yourself to the test!

Mixing testing weeks into your training can be a realistic wake up call. Many crossfitters use the crossfit north fitness standards sheet. This is a very interesting read and has been a great challenge for me to overcome my one dimensional athletic skills. The best part about being conscious of your short comings is that you can adjust your training to overcome these.

An example of this is that many people will feel that strength is their weakness and will add more strength days into their training (1 out of 3 days will be heavy lifting)
This strategy can be used for sport/works specific goals.

A big part of the testing is the attitude of setting personal records and not just saying I know I can do this or that. Do it.... and set a record! DON'T CHEAT YOURSELF

Fitness skills test sheet

Good luck, and feel free to post or tell me your results.
Set new goals based on test results!!!!!!!