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As if the conventional triathletes needed anymore reasons to hate me I have stopped doing the long slow distance (LSD) training that is the accepted norm, and instead I have been training using strictly the CrossFit Endurance methodology for the last month. And guess what? I like it a lot! I believe I have found the training program I have been looking for. I have never really been a fan of the LSD training methodology I just did it because that is just “how you train” for triathlons. But the idea of doing 4-hr bike rides or 2-hr runs just makes me sick, it is boring, dangerous (more time on the road), and even lonely.
Before I even knew about CrossFit I always gravitated towards shorter (duration) but higher intensity workouts. Growing up playing sports that was how we used to train. We did lots of sprints, plyometrics, and strength training. The general philosophy was “we may not be the most skilled but nobody will be stronger than us”. Not to mention I really enjoyed the camaraderie of team sports and CrossFit does a great job of bringing that camaraderie back. The “shared” experience of the super hard workouts and the overall encouraging environment of CrossFit build friendships and makes the whole experience better.
What is CrossFit Endurance? It is an endurance training program where building overall strength is the main objective. Athletes focus on building strength, explosive power and speed by conducting Olympic style lifts, sprinting, plyometrics, and even gymnastics all in the pursuit of greater overall fitness. An average training week for me looks like: Continue reading
I was recently interviewed by Joseph Harvey author of the blog Tri for Time about being the “Primal Triathlete”. Tri for Time is a great blog which provides tips for the time crunched triathlete. Below is the interview from the Tri for Time blog:
Here’s the first interview with a fellow triathlete who follows a paleolithic style of eating. Garett is the author of Primal Triathlete, which includes Garett’s diet and fitness logs, along with various motivational posts. It’s a fascinating read for anyone wondering what exactly does a triathlete who trains off of a paleolithic style of eating actually do (and eat).
Joseph: How did you discover the diet?Garett: I have always been fascinated with nutrition and how it effects your overall health and performance. I discovered the primal diet about two years ago by stumbling onto Mark’s Daily Apple while doing some research. The idea of eating an evolutionary based diet just made a lot of sense and after reading his blog religiously for about six months I bought the book Primal Blue Print. The “Primal Blue Print” is a great introductory book for anybody wanting to learn the science behind a Primal/Paleo diet. I have been nearly 100% Primal for 1 year.Joseph: Have you ever had a run-in with a fellow runner or triathlete about not eating enough carbs? Continue reading
I know I promised to post my weekly food log; I previously posted two food logs and then have not posted since. The reason I have not been consistent about posting my weekly food log is not because I am trying to hide anything I just quickly realized that my food logs were very uneventful. I typically cook 1 or 2 really huge meals a week and that’s all I eat for the entire week. I have no problem eating leftovers; in fact I love leftovers because they are extremely convenient especially when you have a very busy schedule. I try to do all my cooking for the week on Sunday and then eat leftovers for the rest of the week. So instead of posting my detailed food logs I will tell you about my macronutrient breakdown and give you general of my food intake.
The three main macronutrients that all food is composed of are; protein, fats, and carbohydrates. I did track my food intake for one month to get a good (general) idea of my macronutrient breakdown. My typical macronutrient is as follows:
For me the ultimate triathlon question is: For shorter races (Sprint and Olympic) do I take a spare tubular? Nothing stresses me out more than this issue! Of course this also sparks the popular debate of tubular versus clincher? I have a Zipp 404 front and a 808 rear, both are tubulars. Taking a spare tubular is definitely a pain in the ass as it is much bigger and much harder to “hide” than a spare tube (clincher) which could be folded up and place just about anywhere. I believe that tubulars are a higher quality and faster tire when compared to clinchers but carrying a spare tubular tire during a race sucks!
For a longer race such a 70.3 or 140.6 there is Continue reading
I know I have been bad about posting but I figured this would be a good time to give a training update. As you know this blog is about me becoming a competitive triathlete while using unconventional training methods and eating a primal diet. This season I have completed 4 months of training and have done two races and so far I feel great!
I have also just started Crossfit as a way to supplement my training. My training methodology is based on muscular strength versus just pure endurance training. My definition of strength is having at least a strength to weight ratio of one. This is the best definition of how strong your are, can you do pull-ups, dips, and push-ups? Are you able to dead-lift, bench press, and squat your body weight (for these exercises your goal should be to lift more than your body weight)? For me, weight training and strength development takes a higher priority than the longer slower cardio training that has become the norm for many triathletes.
With that being said, I am unwilling to sacrifice muscle strength for faster results. Many triathletes subscribe to the Continue reading
Spring Break, Ice cold water, and many unexpected challenges, looks like the 2011 race season has begun…Saturday March 19, 2011 I had my first race of the season an Olympic distance race in Lake Havasu, Arizona. The Lake Havasu Triathlon is a VERY early season race thus my personal expectations are fairly low. This is the third time I have completed this race and for me this race has one main purpose: It is a benchmark for me and helps to determine my training focus for the year. In other words, helps me better determine my strengths and weakness.
Lake Havasu is a great place for the first tri of the season because it takes place during spring break and there is plenty of great scenery, if you know what I mean :).
Race day: This is an early season tri which typically means cold water and Lake Havasu did not disappoint. The water temp on race morning was a cool 62 degrees. Awesome! Why can’t I find those stupid swim sock things and are they even legal? Nobody seems to know if you can wear them but it does not matter because I don’t have them anyway. As the swim started I get a headache from the cold water on my forehead…I guess I need to buy a neoprene hat. Anyway despite being cold I post a PR for an Olympic swim 27.44 minutes.
While running on the beach to the transition area I realize I can’t feel my feet, which probably worked out in my favor at first because Continue reading