Great day on the trails at the 2019 Athletics Alberta XC Championships in Westaskiwin, AB.
Photos of last weeks HYROX completion in Miami.
The photo of the start includes me on the left.
Overall I felt strong on the run, Ski Erg and rowing machine but struggled with the sled push and sled pull and the wall balls. On the Farmers carry, lunge and burpees it wasn't pretty but it was smooth and controlled.
Had some traction issues on the sled push and the wall balls, well lets just say smacked ham!
With my finish I qualified for the World Championships in the 50+ category in Berlin in April.
This past weekend, as part of preparations for the upcoming ski season I took part in the Sundby Throwdown, a 10km rollerski classic time trial.
Great day, great atmosphere.
I can't get over how much fun it was. Yes, it was just a little double pole time trial. But, what I saw was groups of people coming together to share more than a race.
It really had a sense of community, people laughing, joking and having fun
The focus now is getting ready for HYROX Miami coming up on October 19th.
As part of having a more of a multi sport approach to my training I have added HYROX to my training regime and have entered in the HYROX Miami event coming up on October 19th at the Miami Beach Convention Center.
Miami will be the premier HYROX USA event this year and the debut in the U.S. will be special, the two current HYROX World Champions Imke Salander and Lukas Storath will be competing in Miami to defend their titles.
Should be a tremendous challenge and ultimately add variety in my preparations for the upcoming ski season.
The last few blocks of training I have been focusing on easy training, strength and technique. The easy training has been a combination of running, hiking, rowing and roller skiing in preparation for the upcoming ski season. As part of the preparation I have been doing the Frank's XC Fall Race Series on Wednesdays and the New Balance XC Race Series on Saturdays.
At last weekends New Balance event in Goldbar Park I had a moment where everything came together mid race when it occurred to me that I was letting expectations take the pure enjoyment out of racing, in that moment I let go and raced as fast as my body allowed, I wasn't racing anyone, pacing off anyone, just simply running as fast as I could on that day given the conditions and man did I enjoy.
Since that moment with each race since I have set myself on the start line with the task at hand and have let my body decide, freeing myself to simply run.
Breaking free, breaking free putting in the mileage and the hours of training, taking in the views and enjoying each moment. These past few weeks have been a change of direction for me, taking more of a multisport approach (running, mountain biking, roller skiing, rowing and hiking) with the mileage and reducing the intensity to focus on technique and position activating a greater range of muscles. The technique method incorporates very slow repetition speeds as compared to traditional tempo workouts, with emphasis on minimizing acceleration and momentum to reduce the force the body is exposed to during exercise and improve muscular loading. This way the mileage can be increased progressively while reducing injury and the muscular fatigue from the impact of the increased mileage while building aerobic power.
The first week of the mileage game is under my belt with two runs per day for the full seven days with a 40 minute run in the morning and a 40 minute run in the evening with core strength, feeling good and ready for another week.
"the mileage game"
Passionate runner and nordic skier who happens to own a run & ski shop!