LONG TIME NO SPEAK - WHERE HAVE I BEEN?
It has been a long time, over a month I think, from the last time I posted. I can tell you that I did not post because of a lack of adventure. The time since I last posted has seen me travel to multiple states and a foreign country. After my podium finish at the TN state Crit championships I decided to take some time off. I was planning on taking off one week to recoup and refocus. Click "Read More" to see what I have been up to during the past month.
GUEST BLOG POST - MATT BACH IRONMAN CHAMPION
Matt is a storied Age Group Athlete that has a long list of victories, including Ironman Maryland. He has the experience of balancing a normal work life and setting sights on a World Championship title. Along the way though Matt started to notice signs that were not normal to endurance training. Matt couldn't shake the constant fatigue, and he struggled to find any enjoyment in racing or training. Matt, similar to me, suffered from chronic overtraining which lead to some severe low testosterone. Matt dives into his experience and his new found knowledge about low testosterone in this guest blog.
There comes a time when you have to admit to yourself that your on the way to over-training. As most of you readers know, 2017 is my first year focusing completely on cycling. I began with a pure focus on running in 2013, moved to duathlon, added in swimming in 2016, and dropped swimming and running in 2017. I also started to completely self-coach myself. I started out the training season in November of 2016 coming off of a bout of low testosterone and chronic over-training. I vowed to myself that I would not fall back into that trap. Did I fall back into it?
AARON SHAFER MEMORIAL ROAD RACE P123
All week long I was glued to the Weather Channel’s weekend forecast for Sparta, TN. Every day the forecast would fluctuate from 20% chance of rain on Saturday to 100% chance of severe thunderstorms. Sadly, come Friday the forecast was sticking to their 100% chance of storms. I woke up Saturday morning to gray skies and an ominous mass of red and yellow moving towards Sparta on the radar. I figured that the storm would pass by race start or at the very least be almost done. I get just outside of Sparta when I finally hit the storm. The storm was so severe that there was a clear line on the road where on one side it was torrential downpour and the other was dry. It is still just over an hour until the race start and the storm was moving fast, but my hope of it passing by that time was starting to wash away with the rain.
When our mind is out of balance, our body will follow
When our mind is out of balance, our body will follow. When our body is out of balance, our mind will follow. The important aspect of life is to live in that middle area where the mind and body are working towards beautiful harmony. Falling out of balance will place undue stress on the mind or the body. This unnecessary stress in our life, especially an endurance athlete, can hinder your quality of life and performance. How does the body or mind fall out of balance? Humans are naturally suited for habitual practices, and if they make you feel good in the temporary moment then these habits will stick. We need to become aware and re-enter a state of balance.
RACE WEEK FOR JOE MARTIN STAGE RACE
Click the button below to read more about my race week. I will release multiple articles that cover the days leading up to the event, Stage 1 and 2, Stage 3 and conclusions. Reports will include data and race breakdowns.
USADA & IREP ATHLETICS PUT ON SAFE SUPPLEMENT WEBINAR
Last night, Dr. Amy Eichner of USADA hosted a webinar on making smart choices with supplements. She went into the resources that athletes can use to make better choices, like USADA's Supplement 411 website and phone app. Dr. Eichner talks about how the supplement industry is loosely regulated and you shouldn't always trust the ingredient list. To learn more about how to supplement safely click the button below. It is a 45 minute webinar that is worth the watch. We will be converting it into a podcast episode too.