Thursday, December 6, 2007

Mental Endurance

Me and Chris G in New Mexico... WOW that seems like a long time ago... i can't wait to go back when I'm 40 and beat my time!

I would like to say that physical state has nothing to do with endurance performance, but I can't. I beleive that the mind is a very powerful tool, and that slight changes in mental preparation, can make dramatic effects in the outcome. Physical readiness will make it mentally less challenging if you don't have to push as close to your maximums.

I have ran many km's in training for endurance races, and they played an important role in mentally preparing me to know that I can complete further distances. The interesting thing that I've found is that the shorter high intensity workouts put me on the mental/physical edge of quiting much quicker and much more often that the traditional LSD (long slow distance) training.

Crossfit has really amped up my metal readiness. I really love the aspect of being prepared for the unknowable task. It's been my experience as a naturally good runner with a great running base, to have success getting faster at longer distance without a large focus on it and getting much stronger in the process.

"In the martial arts, the mental state should remain the same as normal. In ordinary circumstances as well as when practicing martial arts, let there be no change in the state of mind- with the mind open and direct, neither tense nor unfocused, calmly relax your mind, and savour this moment of peace." - Five Rings

Managing stress and disorientation over long periods without panic or confusion and the pressure of potentially failing is a skill to develop.

many athletes will lose track of a simple count during a high intensity workout....what other basic thought processes do you lose during a maximal effort?

something to think about....

Monday, December 3, 2007

mood and performance

Steve after his first full moon workout...look at the smile... I think he likes it!

I had a really good day today. I noticed that I was willing to try some stunts that I haven't done before at gymnastics. Being in a good mood makes me willing to try new things.(the daring I'm trying to build) The gym was empty and this gave me the freedom to have room to move and try stuff, without eyes watching, or as many.

I also know when I'm having a bad day that, I am more determined when I have a bad day, regardless of result. I can focus negative energy to do something great in some cases.

The more I zone and the more I progress closer to goals, the more I'm determined to get there.... if i feel myself as close to something watch out, because I will near kill myself to get something new.

How does your day to day affect your performance?

another day in the zone

Thanks Again for all that came out to the performance eating seminar, good luck zoning!

[] = block

blocks are totaled as Carbs/Protein/Fat as per the 9/7/3 standard

8oz water,
3 eggs = 3P[], 3F[]
1oz cheese = 1P[]
4cups spinach fresh = 1 C[]
1/3 cup onion = .5 C[]
1/2 cup tomato = .5 C[]
1 apple = 2C[]
15 cashews = 5F[]

total 4/4/8

8oz water
4oz cooked chicken breast
Large salad (romaine, celery, tomato, cucumber)
4TBS of salad dressing

1 cup of grapes

total 4/4/8

16oz water
2oz chicken = 2P[]
2 cups celery =1C[]
1/2 avocado =4F[]
pepper for flavour =0

2/3 cup rasberries =1C[]

total 2/2/4

4pm WOD:(heavy lift normally I have more water)
3/4 liter of water from pre/post workout

8oz water
4oz Chicken =4P[]
2 Cups broccoli raw =1C[]
2 cups cauliflower raw =1C[]
1 small banana =2C[]
8 macadamia nuts =8F[]

total 4/4/8

2oz cheese = 2P[]
12 crackers =2C[]
12 cashews = 4F[]


Days total

THIS IS A 2X fat Rx...

Post your day in the zone for all to see.... !