You are more powerful than you think. You have enormous power of words and actions. These powers are at your fingertips anytime, anywhere. Realize that by simply complimenting or wishing a good day to any random person you can totally change the course of their day, a week or even a life. Offer your help to carry a heavy luggage to the older person on a plane or at the airport. Pull over to the side of the road for a broken vehicle and ask: How can I help? Noticed your work colleague is stressed out of his/her mind? Come up and ask: How can I help?
Realize that a lot of people are just trying to get through the day, reacting to arising stressors that pop out on them. This is where you get a chance to utilize your superhero powers.
You are the superhero! Use your powers with a cashier at the store or a person sitting next to you on a bus or at the office, with a friend or family member. Use it for good!
If you were to do at least one good thing a day, it’s 365 a year. What are the chances that at least five of them will have a positive impact on anyone? 10, 20?
All the stretches I’m going to show, are the basic stretches that you need to maintain on a regular basis. Ideally this routine will be done at least twice a week.
Start on all fours with hands directly under shoulders, knees under hips.
Walk hands a few inches forward and spread fingers wide, pressing palms into mat.
Curl toes under and slowly press hips toward ceiling, bringing your body into an inverted V, pressing shoulders away from ears. Feet should be hip-width apart, knees slightly bent.
Hold for 3 full breaths.
Hip Flexor Stretching
They let you to walk, kick, bend, and swivel your hips. But if your muscles are too tight or if you make a sudden movement, your hip flexors can stretch or tear. This stretch will help keep your hip flexors loose and prevent injuries.
Squeeze your butt cheek
Engage your core
Don’t spike your toes. Keep your foot
flat to create a greater stretch
Hold for 30-40 seconds
Running involves your quadriceps or “quads,” which is the group of muscles at the front of your thigh, attached at the top of the kneecap . This stretch will increase the range of motion around a joint and also loosens up the stiffness in the muscles.
Squeeze your butt cheek
Engage your core
Toes are flat
Hold for 30-40 seconds
When your glutes are tight and fatigued they can cause you to have a sore lower back and hamstrings, poor balance, and even shooting nerve pain down your leg due to sciatica. Regular stretching will prevent these.
Both hips are parallel to the floor. (you should feel a good stretch on the foot turned to the side)
You can play with this pose, rocking side to side.
Hold for 40-60 seconds on each side.
If you want to feel a greater stretch, reach the arm of the feet bent up and to the side.
You use this muscle during any type of athletic motion that requires you to move your legs from side to side, such as ice skating, kicking a soccer ball or volleying in tennis. Stretching this muscle can help prevent and rehabilitate groin injuries.
You’re on one knee.
Arms on the ground, supporting you.
The leg you are stretching is straight
with foot flat on the ground.
Sit back and hang in there for 30-40
Kneeling Hamstring Stretch:
Tight hamstrings reduce the mobility of the pelvis, which can put pressure on the lower back. This stretch will prevent them from becoming too tight and provide extra support for the back and pelvis.
Kneel down on one knee and place your other leg straight out in front with your heel on the ground.
Keep your back straight, hands on the ground in front. Make sure your toes are pointing straight up.
Slowly move your hips back using your arms for balance.
Hold this stretch for about 20 to 30 seconds and repeat at least 2 to 3 times.
Level Leg Extension:
Start in neutral quadruped position: arms under shoulders, knees under hips, chin tucked for neutral cervical spine, flat lumbar/thoracic spine (engage abdominals).
From a neutral quadruped position, extend one hip and knee backwards while maintaining spine in neutral position.
Control leg extension by engaging abdominals.
Come back to starting position. Repeat 5 times on each leg.
If you feel strong, keeping your spine and waist long, extend one leg back and up, as you simultaneously extend the opposite arm just parallel to the floor. Alternate 4-6 repetitions on each side.
Pre-weight: 67.6 kg (66.8 kg last week) Post- weight: 67.1 kg (66.4 kg) Consumed: 1000 mL (plain water) Loss: 1.5 kg (2%) GOOD!
Fueling (200 Cal: 21/12F/4P): VEGA Bar Liked it. Tastes good
Felt strong! 200 Watts were so much easier to hold than last week. Not sure if it’s because I was using the “Standard mode” instead of “ERG”. Or maybe it’s because the plantain I ate before (high GI food). Also yesterday, 90% of my carbs came from the brown rice, instead of oatmeal, as usual. Is it the thing that made a difference? I am really proud for myself and my body. I can say that I even enjoyed the workout. Feeling good and strong!
Spartan race is over and it’s time to sit back and relax. While still in Quebec, visiting Montreal is a must.
Highlights of the trip: 1. Mont Royal 2. Old port of Montreal 3. Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal 4. “Stereo” night club 5. Bota Bota
Interestingly, when I asked locals to suggest places to see, they mention a spa. Apparently it’s a high end place, called Bota Bota. Located underground, right on the Old Port’s pier. Unfortunately I haven’t gone there, but it’s on my “Want to see” list for the next time I come. I love spa’s, steam rooms etc.
This is not the Canada I know. I’m in Europe. Everything is in French, road signs, restaurant menus, the language people talk – I’m in France 🇫🇷. Architecture, streets, cafes and bars.
Beautiful people! No only girls and females in general, but also men are just such a beautiful human beings. Is there is a “perfect human “ factory in Montreal? Kids, women and men are dressed with such a good taste and style. Every person that passes you by, leaves a trace of smell of perfume that could make your head turn. Without extravaganza I got so much aesthetic satisfaction from just watching people around. I’m in Spain 🇪🇸 back again.
Every Starbucks has an added “Cafe” word in front of it. I was fascinated to notice that none of the fast food places I went in for the “washroom” has obese people in them. I don’t actually remember seeing any crazy oversized people I’m so used to seeing from living in the states for the past few years. None of that here. Concentration of running and cycling people is austonishing. In this regard Montreal can easily compete with Paris. The city is an active city for sure. That probably explains my observations of overweight people, or to be exact – the absence of them.
Talking to people is pleasurable. Everyone seem to be so kind and happy. Bonjur! Sava? Mersi! Damn I like it here. I don’t even mind learning French.
Am I just seeing what I want to see? Am I wearing the pink glasses and things are not as bright as they appear to be here? Would I still like this place if I went and moved here?——One of my favorite places in the States is Austin, TX. Montreal, QB is my favorite Canadian City by far.
Fueling: 700 Calories (116C/18F/31P) Cliff Energy Shot Cliff Bar “ONE” Protein bar (zero sugar) – don’t like it. Medium Banana
Workout was hard. Barely held 200W. 1 hr into the ride had to lower power down to 180W as I found it really hard to continue holding same output. Really challenging workout. Glad to be done… sore and exhausted.
On May 19th I am doing the SPARTAN race near Montreal, Quebec. A day before, I’ve got scheduled a long bike ride which I planned to do in Mont Tremblant. Why there? This is where one of the most popular IRONMAN races take place in June. I am not doing that particular race, but since I’m in Quebec, it’s a great opportunity to ride along the bike course. Mont Tremblant bike course (100 km).
Arrived to the Mont Tremblant at 8 am. Had no specific agenda for the ride. The only plan I had is that the ride had to be no longer than 3.5 hours. Studied the map, packed the pockets with protein bars and headed out on the course by myself.
Leaving the parking lot I noticed two guys with fancy TREK bikes, getting ready to head out. I started the conversation by asking if they’re going to ride to IRONMAN course and what should I be aware of, going into such a long ride.
I learned that they came to Mont Tremblant for a training camp. And they, along with the group of other athletes are going to ride the full course. They also said that the group will be heading out in an hour and invited me to join them for the ride. I was hesitant to agree for two reasons:
I haven’t payed for the training camp;
One hour wait seemed like forever.
However since I haven’t done the course before and wasn’t familiar with it I decided it will be a good idea to follow the group so I don’t get lost and it’s always more fun to ride together. I agreed to wait and I am glad I did.
One hour later I met the rest of the team on the main square. There were about 20-30 athletes all excited and ready to roll. Everyone seemed to be talking French – the foreign language to me. I introduced myself to the coaches and asked for permission to join on which I got a positive response. Great!
Athletes were really nice and welcomed me into the group. I met a lot of cool guys and made new connections. Thank you for being so nice and accepting a random guy off the street to your group.
At the beginning I got assigned to the slower group, however after the first 10 km I was suggested that I go ahead with 3 other faster riders. Christopher and me went ahead and were cycling side by side for the most of the time. Two other guys couldn’t keep up so we just dropped them. Sorry folks =)
At the beginning I was worried it will take me much longer than 3:15 hr, but now I am really surprised to see how perfectly the time aligned.
How me being here at that exact time, that exact parking lot allowed me to meet all this people and cycle with the group for free. WOW!
It took me 3hr 16 minutes to do the full IRONMAN course. Have no idea of how good or bad, slow or fast this is. Moreover I don’t give a crap.
The question that matter is: Did you ENJOY THE RIDE? Yes I did!
Could I’ve done it faster? You bet I could, but this was not the day and time to give my all. Hawaii 70.3 will give me the chance to push the pedal to the metal.
We had a support vehicle and a mid way fueling station with bananas, oranges, Gatorade and this “Fruit” bar:
They are 25g pure sugar in a form of jelly worth of 100 calories. I loved it. And what a boost I felt after just taking one. Felt the warmth in my stomach and the power in my already pretty fatigued legs. Rocket Fuel! Unbelievable!
Note: Don’t be afraid of sugar while racing or training.
Fuel: 145g Carbs 30g Protein 21g Fat Total: 822 Calories
I don’t think I am consuming enough calories.
The nature at Mont Tremblant is so beautiful! Woods, lakes, mountains… Being an outdoorsy guy, I can’t stop enjoying the scenery along the course.
There are IRONMAN signs along the course, which makes it easy to follow and not get lost. They look like this:
It was a great ride! A challenging one.
Training 95% solo I made a new discovery and learned the lesson: it’s much safer and enjoyable to ride in a group of like-minded people.
Fueling (380 Cal: 58C/11F/21P): Questbar Cliff energy shot Gatorade G2
Pre-weight: 66.8 kg Post- weight: 66.4 kg Consumed: 2240 mL (2.24kg) Loss: 2.64 kg (4%)
200 W – somewhat ok to hold. Stay focused, you can do it. 210 W – didn’t feel the difference 250 W – RPE 8-9 was able to hold for 5 minutes, then switched from “erg” to “standard” mode. Can’t hold anymore. 200 W – RPE 8-9. HR is really high (163). 225-210-200 W – pulled as prescribed (RPE 9). Barely held cadence of 85-90. That’s all I’ve got…
55 minutes into the workout. 35 to go Can’t hold 200 W Completed remaining part of training to the best of my ability: 180 W – HR 156 (unusually high for this wattage) – Cad 80
Overall performed better than expected, however not as prescribed.
IRONMAN Marbella 70.3 is over and Kona race is in 2 weeks. I took about 10 days of recovery and this is the first somewhat serious bike workout.
Since Hawaii race will be done in much warmer climate than I’m used to, I need to train for that. To do so, I implement the “heat training“. I am not using fan + wearing warm cycling pants, windbreaker, long-sleeved shirt underneath and a heat.
10′ easy spin
Complete 75′ ride holding 150-175 At the top of the 20th min put in 5×5′ bouts at 205-210W on 3′ soft pedal
5′ easy spin
FUEL No fueling. Workout performed in PM. Properly hydrated and eaten.
I totally failed to complete this workout as prescribed. Again… I am beyond being disappointed with my bike performance over the past 2.5 months. I’ve been steadily declining up to this point, where I can barely hold 140 Watts… I try so hard, I put so much effort, but I keep on failing and failing. I am not enjoying the workouts. With so manny failures I am afraid of bike. I don’t even want to touch it. My confidence on the bike is below the ground. I absolutely HATED this workout.
What is wrong? I can’t find the answer. What am I doing wrong? What is missing? I need help, I can’t figure it out on my own.
Didn’t learn anything… Besides that next time use the “standart mode” instead of “erg” on the trainer.
#1: Increased volume (three times a week 1 hour each) #2: Proper mechanics #3: Proper training plan (most important) #4: Having a coach
3 Essential Aspects of Swimming to Work on:
#1: Tautness #2: Alignment #3: Propulsion
It’s the ability to hold properly our bodies in the water. It’s about holding a proper pasture of your body in the water when all your weight is displace in the water. Don’t be a spaghetti stick. To develop it we do:
A lot of kicking. You need a snorkel and kicking board. Face in the water, hands are holding the board under, stabilize your upper body and kick for several laps. Don’t wobble, stabilize the upper body.
Vertical kicking. Begin from 10-15 seconds and work your way up.
Warmup: 2500 (zone 3: 70% effort) Main Set: 6x(50 zone 5: fast/uncontrollable followed by 100 zone 2: easy/recovery)
Alignment: “The channel”
Imagine the straight line going through your spine, your head and between your legs. The goal here is to keep this line straight while we swim. Look at your hand, watch it stay in the channel between center of your body and a shoulder line all the way through. The hand can’t go to the left or right, outside of the channel. If it does, your body gets miss aligned.
Another thing to focus on is the position of your head. It has to stay absolutely stationary. It turns only when you take a breath. When you ride the bike and turn the head, you get misaligned and loose balance. Same occurs with swimming.
Pull with buoy, ankle band and snorkel so the head stays stationary. Feel the fishtail. Engage your core. Point your toes. Take off the equipment and replicate it without.
Warmup: 500 Pull with snorkel, ankle strap and buoy (easy 60-70% effort ) 5×50 Keep snorkel and strap on
Main set: 12×200 swim with 30 sec rest: 1: 4×200 (Easy Zone 2) 2: 4×200 (Medium Zone 3) 3: 4×200 (Fast Zone 4-5)
There are 2 phases in propulsion:
Set up (or commonly called a “catch”)
In the set up phase a lot of athletes reaching straight upwards. Wrong! It slows you down. While you extend upwards you also extend downward. Thats important. Don’t try to create the “distance per stroke“, there is no benefit to extending upwards. It loads your shoulders and slows you down.
The next thing you need to focus on in the set up phase is keeping your palm and forearm in a straight lane. Don’t twist or bend your wrist, it got to stay straight. As you move into propulsion phase your elbow starts to bend sideways and stays above the wrist. You need to create the tension in your hand and forearm. There will be not much of propulsion without tension. To create the tension you need to keep in your hand and forearm straight and sturdy. So you’re bending your elbow more and more as you move along the propulsion phase. You are holding onto the water with your wrist straight, now you focus on the direction on the pull phase. Keep it super simple: You literally pushing water straight back towards your feet. Always keep your finger tips pointed towards the bottom of the pool. As you push the water towards your feet, you need to do it explosively. Your hand goes faster and faster as you push back, making the movement ballistic. Most people push the water at the very consistent but slow pace throughout the propulsion phase. Grip it and Rip it.
Front-mounted Swimming Snorkel (by Finners): to break down your mechanics into bite size pieces and work on each individually. It eliminates the head movement.
Buoy. Used for pulling.
Ankle Strap. Eliminates kicking while pulling.
Paddles. Mostly beneficial for elite athletes. Not necessary for regular athletes like me and you. The purpose is to desensitize the hand and give the feeling or forearm engagement and creates facilitate high elbow.
Bouncy Shorts. They give you extra floatation. Used on recovery days.
Stretch Cords. For on land training. Great for warming up before the race.
Fins. The right fins should be made from sturdy material on the sides, so they’re not too playable, medium length and the blade that’s playable. The main reason for use is to promote recovery. With long bike and run sessions they are great to facilitate recovery of your legs. The another reason of use is to learn the proper mechanics of kicking.