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