Snapshot of this week’s ideas: Workout highlight: Earth’s power. Nutrition highlight: Meal planning. Words of Wisdom highlight: You don’t know what you don’t know
February is here! One more MAF base month before the speed work starts. That means race season is getting closer! Just knowing that helps me get out to that sub-zero garage at four in the morning to put in my work. This week was another week of MAF work, but it was a good one. My Tuesday and Wednesday times rebounded after last week’s dip, Friday was about the same, but Saturday’s was worse. Friday and Saturday were below zero again, and my toes really did not like that. On Sunday, I tried my speed work in my biggest gear, so we will see how Tuesday’s ride goes after that. I am excited to see some consistently higher morning temperatures this week.
This week’s work:
Tuesday- 30-minute ride for 14.04 virtual miles
Wednesday- 30-minute ride for 15.46 virtual miles. (6 x 4 minutes in the biggest gear, 1 minute easy spin)
Friday- 30-minute ride for 13.74 virtual miles.
Saturday- 60-minute ride for 27.47 virtual miles.
Sunday- 30-minute ride of speed work. 3 x (5 min. of 20 sec. on and 10 sec. easy followed by 5 minutes at MAF)
Have a plan. My amazing wife plans out weeknight meals for an entire month. This serves a few purposes. One reason to do this is so we can do one big grocery shop per month. We do this because we like to shop at our local co-op, Lakewinds Food Co-op. We are members there and get a five percent discount that we can use once a month. Since the natural, organic food they have is a bit more expensive, this discount helps us justify shopping there. The other reason for the monthly planning is that it makes meal time less stressful. By planning the month out, it is easier to get things out and go.
I believe this brilliance on my wife’s part allows us to maintain our healthy eating habits. If we did not have this plan, it would be so easy to pick up frozen pizza, or other frozen meals, to just pop in the oven. We would also probably eat out more than we do because that would be an easier option. I know it is a pain for a little while at the end of the month to get things ready for the next month, but that saves hassles the rest of the time. (This also is another way my wife shows just how much smarter she is than me.)
Grounding, or earthing, is something my wife has talked about for years. (Are you sensing a theme…the ways my wife’s brilliance has made my life better.) I have started to really believe in this practice lately. Earthing is a way to connect to the Earth’s natural energy. The natural electric charge of the Earth has many scientific benefits. It can decrease inflammation from workouts, or just everyday life. It can even improve sleep.
In the summer, my wife dislikes wearing shoes outside. I can’t do this all the time, but I do try to mow our lawn barefoot to get in contact with the Earth. While I don’t get my grounding the way she does, I get mine the most is when I sleep. I have an Earthing system that plugs into the ground portion of an outlet. It has a cord that attaches to my wrist and provides the Earthing benefits I mention in the next paragraph. The other three members of my family have mats that plug in and fit under the sheets of the bed.
I have noticed that I wake up a bit more sore on nights where I forget to put on my wristband. It helps me to get a more restful sleep, so I can wake up ready to face the next workout. I do not see the wristbands on the Earthing website anymore, but you can definitely find the mats and other accessories.
Wisdom of the Week:
“You don’t know what you don’t know.”
I started triathlon with a challenge from a friend to do the local race. Training? I did a few bike rides on my rickety old bike, a few runs, and one or two swims. After crossing that finish line and almost collapsing from exhaustion, I was hooked. My competitive spirit took over. I wanted to get better. Thus, began the training journey I have been on for over ten years. I started by not knowing what to do for training and I am now on this very scientific MAF journey.
I have been collecting training knowledge, whether for triathlon or just lifting weights, by listening to podcasts, reading articles, watching YouTube videos, etc. Whatever I can get my hands on, I take in and see what I can use. There are a huge number of places to look and find the exact workouts you want. I never stop learning, or stop the quest to get better.
It could be at work, in an athletic event, or just as a person, there is always so much to learn. Everybody is sharing things on the Internet these days, me included. You can find what you need as long as you are willing to look. So, put in the work and do the research because “you don’t know what you don’t know.”
That’s just a bit of my experience. Have a great week.