Spent the weekend in Canmore taking in the NorAm events this past weekend.
Great atmosphere, great energy with one of the largest fields I have seen at an event in Canmore with all ages represented, young and old. I entered the Open Division instead of the Masters Division as I wanted to do the Sprint event and I like the energy at the start line in the Open Category.
I like the feeling of being in the mix, and being on the trail and experiencing the speed the young guns represent..
I had glide waxed my skis on the Tuesday at the shop before I came down and I do the classic events on skin skis so there is virtually no stress for me at these events, I am there to push myself and myself only, no pressure for a result or a certain time.
In my time in Canmore I was able to ski twice a day, attend yoga in the evening, visit with friends and take in a few meetings with suppliers.
The Sprint race was my first day on snow this year so it all came fast and furious but I love to race and I love to be part of the action, even if my days of being competitive the open category are behind me.
Reflecting on Nationals and the work put in and how good training went and having the body break down with back restrictions, I went for a long walk to work out the back tension, which works quite well and decided to do a Yoga class the next day and just see if where my body was at, in terms of range of motion combined with strength.
During that yoga class and the tightness and restrictions it occurred to me no wonder I cannot reach my full potential aerobically with each of these muscle restrictions. The strength training has been good, I can feel the gains in the yoga class but at this point in my training Hot Yoga is going to be my driving focus, reducing Olympic Lifting to once a week to monitor strength and range of motion progressions while maintaining my aerobic best workouts.
Wonderful event and great energy.
Such a great atmosphere with athletes of all ages and abilities taking part in the National XC Championships in Abbotsford.
Brian took forth overall and the FTRS Masters 50 Team took the gold with Shane, Syl and Chuck.
For myself, I had some issues with my back flaring up, not sure of cause, but it was a "no go from tower!"
Training is progressing well and there are a number of events coming up before the holiday break.
On the training side I have been focusing on the Mileage Game plus HYROX specific workouts and short intervals, following the principles of Jan Olbrecht for the Mileage Game and Frans Bosch for the Iron Game.
With Jan Olbrecht the focus is on easy mileage but also short intervals and short interval workouts followed by as much volume as you can manage in terms of schedule and stress load.
The aim is to complete each workout with purpose, full effort & enjoy the process and it is never "just another day at the office" when you are in the gym or on the trail. My easy mileage with short efforts are done Running (treadmill & outdoors), Skiing, SkiErg, Rowing Machine, Sled Push, Sled Pull, Lunges, Farmers Carry, Wall Balls, Rope Climb and Burpee Board Jump.
With Frans Bosch the focus is also on quality duplicating the demands of high intensity training with low intensity training with exercises that demand the body to move in the way you want the body to move come completion day.
I take a similar approach to strength training specifically preparing for HYROX with easy endurance strength spiced with short power strength.
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.
Passionate runner and nordic skier who happens to own a run & ski shop!