The Black Track Cut No Slack

IMG_6242There are tracks like this in nearly every city or town with a school or recreation center. Sometimes running in an ellipse in the summer sun is just what I need. In off-hours, frequently, no one else is there. What a great opportunity to make a training meet-up with a friend who is at a fitness level close to yours. Early mornings on a track can also be invigorating. Remember this option; it’s a good one. Use it according to your needs, fitness level, and do check with your physician if there are any known conditions for which you should get a doctor’s OK.

Today for me, this is how I used the track.

warm up: 50 body weight squats (25 half, 25 full).

Ran 12 laps (3 miles)…

One Sprint per lap, or 1/4 mile…

Eleven 50 yard sprints…

Lap 12 was a 220 meter sprint…

1 quarter mile cool down walk…

It was 90 degrees Fahrenheit.

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Take Flight — a Memorial Day Reflection

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Dedicated to those who are here who can hear for those who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of their fellows, their country, and principles for which this nation must still stand.

In the darkest nights of the soul the fuel for your Phoenix bubbles and boils around your spirit. From the ashes of some future ignition, burn, and flight, win or lose, you will rise again and be better than ever before; more capable in some way, known or unknown, to break through and see done what must be done as the reason for your being here. The darkest nights are never so dark as the dawn is light.

As the Marines say “pain is weakness leaving the body,” so the dark nights of the soul are selfishness of the past leaving the spirit, to be ignited in future service to those in need. These flammable drops may provide fires with which to liberate captives, empathize with and put sinners back on their feet, melt barbed wire, and elevate our human race just a little more before you die. No earthly reward could be better than simply completing our purposes for being. Each of us is given such a purpose, known or unknown, yet accessible more purely through standing again and believing.

The big picture is in our hearts, the sky within, from a vista point that can consider all people, all events, and all that must come with the indomitable commitment of a dedicated, singular spirit behind humble eyes, trafficking in the divine energy of love for all.

Coastal trails and fair ocean breezes

 

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No One Says You Have To…

Usually, no one says anything at all. They’re too preoccupied with their own lives to care too much about whether you are training or not. But someday, there may come a moment in time when everything slows down and you are in a situation. Not just any situation, but a big situation requiring that you be strong, fast, durable, fit, tough, coordinated, accurate, agile, and 100% committed.

So, just…

Strap on your helmet and your cycle shoes;

Slide into your road running shoes;

Tie-on your trail runners;

Pack your swim gear;

Wrap your hands;

Lay down your training mat;

Decide on the park with all the bars and props;

Remember that sprinting track;

Go to the mountain trail;

Hit the gym;

Arrive at the ropes course;

Turn the key, lock-up and go. Go out there, or in there, and find a new training experience this day.

Forget all the other times, forget you, forget them, forget it, forget whatever, and move-in-training with no catches, divisions, or hesitation, just the best form and flow of movement you can find.

It need not be perfect movement, but get moving, and work on improving each time you train until your weak is strong; slow is quick; quick is lightening fast; sluggish is sharp; hesitant is rhythmic; off-is-on; and you find within yourself ever-better performance each new evolution you train through.

Be patient and non-judgmental toward yourself. Simply let your analytic self see the objective, see the difference between what was done and the objective, and let your whole self get behind a new effort ever closer to, or right on the objective, getting better, closer, and ever more proficient.

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Each new flight is yours to navigate.

If you can do this once in training sessions during one day, you can do it every other training day the rest of your life, improving in some way, small, medium, or big. I’ll take any improvement I can get on any given day, and let the rest go until tomorrow.

Round 3 with the Versatile Round Timer

Three minutes can make a difference, fuel some inner heat, and force better breathing to keep on…

If you do this get cleared by your personal physician for it and get a tutorial on wrapping your hands. Have fun!

Note, the round timer has a clip on the back, suggesting it can accompany and time you at whatever kind of interval training effort you would like, except underwater:

IMG_2126and it says something really important for all of us, now matter who we are or what we’re training for. I took a close-up and made it the Header photo so you could read it!

Mother Teresa: Personal Trainer

What? This:

By internal and external silence, we may bypass barriers, snags, and diversions from purer, more efficient training, study, and accomplishment.

How often does inner or outer chatter delay movement, and this delay, like gum on our shoes seems to swallow time.

I take this inspiration from my a current book in my reading list, entitled, “No Greater Love,” by the late Mother Teresa, a saint.

 

She also wrote that you can’t learn humility by reading about humility. Only by undergoing humiliations (which are guaranteed throughout our lives) do we learn humility. I wonder if typos are included?!

Today, Now…

img_2945.jpgAs the night cools the path of the spartan sun, a hot day’s light drifts into space as I contemplate sleep.

Now is the best time to reach beyond the solar system of my small life and share a few observations from this week.

Health, wellness, and functional strength are like a land grant to each person to farm.

There is no guarantee the farm will not be beset by pests, drought, or fire, yet we farm what we have.

And yet a farm is a foundation for living. What is the purpose of living?

The good purpose of our lives is so simple, so central, so much who we are, it is easiest to miss for being right in front of us.

Today, now, I simplify, letting go of my ambition, letting go of the wants I have dressed as needs, and I want to gaze wordlessly into my own heart to weed this given field; to make it fertile; and to grow all I can to hold with soft hands and distribute whatever I may be given to give. Truth told to self is a calmer of all faculties before sleep.

As I descend, I trust sleep. Sleep is rain, dew, cool, and recovery. Sleep is part of training. The heat and pace of the day will return tomorrow in which I will work my field. Peace.

What Is Adaptive Fitness Training?

Sticky note for the peak register at Mount Parnassus, CO. A favorite photo because someone dedicates the summit hike “to Kristen who has never hiked above tree line.”

Soon it will be time to release the title, cover, and the book on adaptive training principles and dimensions.

Once the book is released, please feel free to share the book with your friends, family, and anyone you believe may benefit.

Adaptive training principles and dimensions can help anyone create their own best foundations and pathways to new levels of training consistency and fitness.

Mental Approach to Weight Loss

light from the engine of the solar system makes matter beautiful

light from the engine of the solar system makes matter beautiful

If you suffer inner torment over your weight, shape, or features, I offer the following:

Do not look to the body of your vehicle to get where you want to go.

It’s all in the engine. Clean and prime it with only good fuel and keep your fluid levels topped off. Remove unnecessary junk from spark plugs, mental and physical.

Start your engine.

When it is warm, make some trips. Some test runs.

Work out the bugs gradually, one at a time. Talk to other owners, read some owner’s manuals, and with excellent focus, tend to the priority fixes right on down the line.

Be encouraged the analogy to a car stops there.

When you focus on the engine within you, it will transform the body without need of welding, primer, cements, or paints.

fire-up(side down) your motivation

fire-up(side down) your motivation (Don’t do this. But if you find yourself upside down, use better form than me and make the back of your head more aligned with your back with slight chin tuck. If you fall, impact will be distributed through a larger area, and whiplash is less likely).

Consistency Reflection

Imagine yourself free of all obligations. Would you train for anything? For anyone?

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back up your people by training yourself

What would you have to prepare for? Would you train for the sake of training? Could that sustain you?

What do personal relationships have to do with your training life? What does your training life have to do with your relationships?

Here’s a concept some enjoy as real: relationships and self-training become mutually nourishing.

Thanks for being here with your thoughts. Feel free to share your thoughts in comments if you have time. We can all learn more about making our lives richer in relationships.