So in the spirit of my previous article on strength training I thought I’d write an article on what may be the fastest growing ideology within strength training, Crossfit.
Per the Crossfit website “CrossFit begins with a belief in fitness. The aim of CrossFit is to forge a broad, general and inclusive fitness. We have sought to build a program that will best prepare trainees for any physical contingency — not only for the unknown, but for the unknowable. After looking at all sport and physical tasks collectively, we asked what physical skills and adaptations would most universally lend themselves to performance advantage. Capacity culled from the intersection of all sports demands would quite logically lend itself well to all sport. In sum, our specialty is not specializing.”
Two of the most common questions we hear from athletes are "why is another person training differently for the same event and shouldn’t I be doing what that person is doing?" and "why isn’t the program I used last year working as well as it used to?"
I started participating in triathlons based on what amounts to me running my mouth fueled by too much scotch. I was a power lifter. What did I know about endurance sports? Initially I trained by plans that I found on the internet. These plans said they’d get me from point A to point B, and they did. Suddenly the time that used to be filled with weight lifting was filled with swimming, biking, and running. I’d train myself I mean how hard could it be? I’d just take these “box” programs and slightly alter them to work for me and extend the time out as I extended out the distances I competed at. More is better right? Well no, not really. I am overly competitive and my drive focused in the wrong direction leads to issues. I find this true of quite a few of us in the endurance community.
So I was debating what I would write about for one of my first articles for Sonic Endurance. Hmmmmm…… maybe weight loss? I did used to come in at 250 on the scales. No I’ll make that a topic for another day. I went through several options before settling on one. I'll write about strength/weight training and its place in triathlon. Might as well hit one of the hot button topics right off the bat, right?
With January quickly passing, U.S. based athletes are turning their thoughts to early season races. The first U.S. based Ironman on the schedule is Ironman Texas in The Woodlands, Texas on May 18, 2013. For those who do not live in the Greater Houston Area, The Woodlands (and the official name is "The" Woodlands, not just Woodlands) is a nice area. If you are staying near the start / finish line there are plenty of restaurants, stores and attractions within walking including Chick Fil-A, Sweet Tomatoes, Starbucks, HEB and Lululemon -- pretty sweet. As far as the courses go, there are some positives and negatives and if you pace the course correctly, it can be very fast.
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