Capacity & Power
Durability

Capacity & Power

“Most triathletes are doing too much [high-intensity work]. You don’t need more than 1 HIT session per week.” ~Jan Olbrecht PhD “Many recreational athletes are scared [that they’re] not training…

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Endurance Training
Training is fun!

Endurance Training

❝What is very clear is that the best athletes in endurance sport spend ~90% of the time below the first lactate turn-point.❞ ~Stephen Seiler, PhD & Dean, Faculty of Health…

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Prep & Base
Prep & Base Training

Prep & Base

In my post entitled Off-Season, I quickly summarised the most important phase of the year, off-season, for recovery of the mind and body. In this post, I’ll outline the next two…

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Separation
Hemsjön (The Home Lake)

Separation

“Silence is a great source of strength.” ~Lao Tzu I recently changed locale: a cabin in the woods near a lake for a large metropolis. Walking through town I am…

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Off-Season

It took me many years to learn the importance of downtime. This year, I finally headed advice from Alan Couzens and took an entire month of complete rest.Alan, Mike James,…

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Free, or One

I long to be set free. To or from, place or thing? This fragmented state, Some odd mentation. The mind paints escape, In time and space. But no locus exists,…

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Mystery
Reed Franklin Daugherity : Howie Reed Nordström

Mystery

"The mystery of life. " ~Hella (my best friend) I feel like a dog who twists & turns his head trying to understand a sound, or what someone is saying,…

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Shinrin-yoku
Shinrin-yoku — Forest Bathing

Shinrin-yoku

Sanity is a walk in the forest:· Terpenes· Quietness· Nature's timingAutumn scent and feel is in the air.Birds are much quieter than even a month ago.The species have changed a…

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Embrace
The start of Day 3 (84.4km run) — Photo by Colin F Cross

Embrace

A good friend recently asked me, "What does it feel like to embrace the pain?"It’s an interesting question to ponder, and one that I wouldn't have had an answer to before Ultraman Canada. For all…

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Endurance Insights
2nd Place Overall — Photo by Colin F Cross

Endurance Insights

One of the overarching reflections I have of racing Ultraman Canada 2019 can be summarised as, "Where did that performance output come from?!"In one regard, I wouldn't have extrapolated my…

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Alignment
Ultraman Canada 2019, photo by Colin F Cross

Alignment

"Beyond the very extreme of fatigue and distress, we may find amounts of ease and power we never dreamed ourselves to own; sources of strength never taxed at all because…

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Messy
Ganesha: The Remover of Obstacles

Messy

You've probably heard it before.Perhaps, like me, you've resisted the message.Even so, it's true;equally as much for athletics as for recovery."Progress is not linear." The look of joy as health…

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Twist of Lime
Windmill Hill (21% grade)

Twist of Lime

It was a miserable, miserable day at Ironman Ireland, Cork. Nearing the finish line, I was tremendously grateful that it was over. Yet, a few days later I began to taste…

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An Invitation
Small Mysteries

An Invitation

Recently, I read a quote that sparked something inside. With a short pause, it was apparent that there were numerous subsequent responses. It would have been easy to disregard these…

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Dark Night

I've made it through another dark night. While I can't say for certain that it's over, it does feel like I've stepped through a door. And on this side of…

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