Category Archives: Fitness

Back in the saddle

Just like it says – today was the first time in over a month where my ass was on my road bike for all of fifteen miles. It doesn’t sound like much but between the back issues and busted up ribs over the past six weeks this is a move in the right direction. I think you would call it progress.

Now there was no hauling ass today, just a cruise around Lakewood and Denver. On my travels through a hipster neighborhood – the Highlands in Denver, I came across an interesting gym – CrossFit Cuspis. I ended up talking to Spencer who was manning a laptop by the door, actually I was surprised to see a CrossFit gym open in the middle of the day. Usually they are open in the AM for the crack of morning crowd and then the after work crowd. Any who looks like they might be a good place to get a lunch workout in and work on my rusty CrossFit skill repertoire.

This weekend there is a CrossFit workout lined up for me but that will be done on my own in order to not look like a bumbling uncoordinated fool among hardcore CrossFitters.

 

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The hurt – over forty now

The last two months have been troublesome to say the least, hurt one area and it affects so many others.

First I received a good bruising on my rib cage which kept me from doing pretty much anything. As a consequence of that my back decided that it wanted to act up after a short bike ride and knocking some tasks off the honey-do list. When it acted up that was the worst it has felt since I originally injured it. Now two weeks after the back spasms and intense pain I am functional, maybe at eighty percent capacity.

Lots of work to do the next month if I plan on surviving the mountain bike trip in August with my brothers and friends. Getting old is not for wussies!

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Paleo and food choices

So I know all of you hard-core CrossFitters who have totally drank the Kool-Aid swear by the strict Paleo diet and all else is heresy.

Well I am here to burst your bubble and say that a strict Paleo diet is not for everyone and part of that group is me. My reason is this – cardio and lots of it, besides I do not believe there is one “diet” out there, that is the way it should be as each person has different needs and the latest diet you saw on TV is not the be all, end all. I enjoy CrossFit but I am not what you would consider a hardcore disciple. I enjoy many other activities such as road cycling/racing, mountain biking, running and so on. These endeavors require carbs and lots of them; this is where Paleo falters, note I said falters not fails, so just relax and hear me out.

Along these lines I have found this book, The Paleo Diet for Athletes. There is just no way to have the energy for a long, hard bike ride by eating strictly Paleo – been there, try that, BONKED. These two authors get it also and one is Dr. Loren Cordain, who originally put to paper the tenets of the Paleo diet. Find what works for you, stick with it and don’t do something blindly because someone told you to. The “everyone else is doing it” message fails to hold any water here.

A good site that I have found with quite a few recipes – most Paleo, is Paleomg.com,  check it out. As a matter of fact I will be eating some of this tonight.

Enjoy and make your decisions based on knowledge and experience.

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Back Flare-up

What the ? I went for a ride a week ago and then again yesterday and my back is up to its old tricks which means nice, little back spasms throughout the day. WONDERFUL!

Last weeks ride was at such an easy pace as was yesterdays and still no love. I am guessing that sitting in a truck for basically four days straight has royally pissed my back off. Just saying…that and a real lack of any core work , Crossfit or kettle bell workouts has caught up to me – man that did not take long.

Moral of the day? – Do not neglect taking care of yourself, especially when you are on the downside of forty years-old.

 

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Basement training

By basement training I mean sitting on your bike in the basement or wherever it is you set up bike plus trainer, pounding away at then imaginary miles while trying to mentally be anywhere but your current situation.

It may sound odd but this is a positive thing, yes, you are on the trainer with short-term and long-term goals in mind while your brain is trying and sometimes succeeding in going to your happy place. Anyone who has done this knows exactly what I am talking about. Your first season on the trainer you look forward to it the most part because it often gets you ahead of the game when hitting the road with your teammates early in the season. You can of course overdo it and become a “Spring sensation,” but I don’t know too many people that kill it on the trainer and still have their sanity – well maybe one but all he does is ride his bike, eat, work and sleep but he is driven by a different force than the rest of us.

Later seasons on the trainer tend to be pure torture because you know damn well you have to do it if you want to be more than pack-fodder come race season or even at your next group ride. Which of course, whenever the leader says it’s going to be an easy, base ride, you just have to laugh because ten minutes into the ride the attacks begin and before you know it your easy group ride turned into the usual dick-swinging contest on the bike.

Why do you do it then? Because you don’t want to be that guy, that’s why.

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New Years Resolutions

It is the beginning of the year and you know what that means? EVERYONE who is not health and fitness oriented will make resolutions in the New Year to be skinnier, healthier, buffer, the list goes on. They will all go to a gym, pay for fancy diets and programs to help them lose weight then in three to six months – maybe less, relapse into what they have been doing for most, if not all their lives.

I am just saying but what you all need to do is change your lifestyle, not hop on the latest bandwagon fitness craze that was on Opra/Ellen/Blah-blah-blah. Set realistic goals and work towards them in steps. Simple, right? Actually it is, people make it harder than it needs to be. It is hard because it takes hard work and discipline, not the latest pill. So go out there and do it!

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Motley exercise

So I have not gone to a box in about a month. You know what? I miss the camaraderie but I have to say that I have been getting good workouts in on my own, short and intense. I definitely see the benefits of group training and believe it to be one important piece in improving your fitness and overall health, both physically and mentally. Especially when it comes to working through a plateau or learning something new that you are having problems with.

However I don’t feel that the group is necessary for most facets of taking care of personal fitness. A person that is motivated is going to do it whether or not there is a person yelling at you to complete that last rep. Yes I know some of you will say that having somebody there to get you to complete whatever movement you are doing is essential and I beg to differ.

You want it? You will find a way to do it, END OF STORY.

Remember set goals and stick to them, that is what helped me a lot and I mean by setting realistic goals and taking baby steps to get where you are going.

DO NOT DO SOMETHING TO GET IT DONE! DOMINATE IT!

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