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 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
This is another one of the issues where I feel my philosophies differ from that of most conventional triathletes. For me strength training plays a huge role not only in becoming a better triathlete but is critical for achieving better overall health, reducing injuries, and obtaining/maintaining better body composition. There are three main reasons why many triathletes don’t strength train:
- Not enough time – This one is hard to argue with. I think some triathletes are not necessarily against strength training but it is extremely hard just to get enough swim, bike and run workouts done each week, so if the choice is bike ride or weight session, a bike ride will usually win that battle. However, I still recommend making strength training a priority at least 2 times a week even if that means one less swim session or bike ride. Continue reading