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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Yet another Crossfit update

It is now November and I have a full four months of CrossFit at a legitimate “Box”, CrossFit speak for your good, ole’ gym. I have to say that I do enjoy the workouts and camaraderie at the box as I usually go in at 5:30 in the morning and work out with an excellent group of people. You have to be motivated to come in that early! I admit I have slacked more than a few times and hit the afternoon class instead.
The one issueI have with CrossFit is the cost, plain and simple. I understand you have to keep the place lighted, pay coaches and so on but geez the heavy handed mandates from corporate go a bit far into the pocketbook. Are you hearing me Glassman?
That brings up my current situation and that is I am putting my membership on hold for the rest of the year in order to save some cash and give the body a little bit of a break. My back and shoulders are in need of some rest. I have learned the hard way that although I am forty years young that I can’t workout six or seven days a week. If I do bad things happen and I would rather not go to physical therapy anytime soon. I am still going to CrossFit on my own and hit the free class on Saturday mornings to see where I am at.

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Ergh bikers that don’t even try to follow traffic laws

Mr. Commuter man/biatch,

If you blow through that stop sign one more time in front of me we are going to have words and then some. Over the last few months I have run into you numerous times. At a three way stop you blow through taking a right as I am coming across the intersection. You do not even try remotely to follow the law. 

I am a biker and this pisses me off to no end. You know the rules of the road so try and follow them, no follow them, end of story!

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