YogaSlackers Women Who Sport
7 months ago
|Yosemite's Camp 4 and the infamous Midnight Lightning boulder problem at it's center.|
|Badasses of Camp 4|
|The Rostrum, A Yosemite Valley test-piece.|
|A sub 3 hour marathoner. Pretty elite!|
|Yumm...... soggy cereal!|
|During the 2010 AH135. Brings perspective |
to my 10 minutes of weekly suffering....
Opinion is nearly unanimous among cardiologists that endurance athletics significantly increases the risk of atrial fibrillation, an arrhythmia that is estimated to be the cause of one third of all strokes. "Chronic extreme exercise appears to cause excessive 'wear-and-tear' on the heart," the editorial says.In some ways it's not surprising to me. The research also tries to tie high intensity exercise to eventual health problems. While any new research is bound to cause controversy, the authors seem pretty confident they are on to something. Does it make sense? I'm sure we'll hear more about it in the future so i'll wait for a bit before i weigh in.
|Alison Kelly during END-TOMBED|
|Suffer Mountain - always pretty from a distance|
|A real life pain cave|
|Suffer Mountain - usually not so pretty up close|
|Occasionally you even find caves on suffer mountain. They are rarely warm or big enough to train in though..... Jason and Chelsey during our 2010 'too much fun' expedition.|
|Darren Miller during 2012 END-WET (27 mile river swim). The event is my swim goal for 2013.|
|My doppelganger facing his own doubt during END-TOMBED|
**Yeah Baby! The "insanity" of 1929...Charles Atlas's "Personal Training In The Art Of Building A Dynamic Life!"
|Dr. Timothy Noakes|
|I'm up there, somewhere, getting really near the top...|
|As long as the plateau is close enough to the summit, there's really no reason to worry....|
SUPER article! I provide strength coaching for a large number of endurance athletes & I agree-there are smarter ways to train than what many try as they prep for big-distance races. It’s fascinating to me that you recommend only 1 long run a week…and seriously shorter swims…have your athletes felt like, come the real-life moment of being in the race, they were prepared to handle the long distance despite not having gone that far in practice?and Ben's reply:
I think this is a great answer that applies to all ultra endurance events, not just Ironman. In my opinion, the best reason to choose traditional, high volume training for endurance type events (particularly as an amateur athlete) is if you lack the confidence required to complete such event. LONG training can provide some of that confidence. But if you've already got that confidence, or can get it in another way (trusting your coach, for example, as Ben's clients will have to do), then I think the jury is no longer out: low volume, high intensity training can and does (if properly carried out - but that's another post entirely) provide an adequate physical base from which to take on even ultra endurance challenges.Kate – mentally, the answer is NO. Athletes actually feel intimidated when they know their friends are running multiple times per week and doing long runs of 2-3 hours. That has been my biggest barrier as a coach – getting my athletes to TRUST that minimal training works.But physically, the answer is YES, and once that first Ironman is under their belt and they see that they actually don’t need to train 20-30 hours a week to accomplish their goal, or beat the people who *are* training 20-30 hours a week, it’s a pretty cool switch to see flipped.
|Tammy and I after our first race together back in 2010|
|Scene from 2011 Swamp Donkey where team ENDracing took 4th in the premiere category|
|Silver bullet #1|
|Silver Bullet #2|
|if he's like me, inside he's smiling!|
|"i tasted my own blood" icon|