There has not been much on snow or road time these past few months but considerable time in the gym working on position.
Basically, I have been doing considerable training over the years but have been unable to hold the proper position and without proper position I have been breaking down in the form of back pain or otherwise.
One would ask, "whats the point of training if you are breaking down" and that person would be correct, or I as I like to say, "based on what I currently know now" you would be correct.
With that one thought in mind, my training since November has focused on proper position, and correct muscle contractions thus allowing my body to perform properly and to its greatest potential. The goal of my current training regime focus's on teaching each muscle when and how to properly contract, as well as, the proper body position to get the most powerful muscle contraction.
The hope is, eventually, the muscles will only know one way to work, the right way. Once this is accomplished, the thought, goal, hope is to be strong enough to get 100% out of this aging body. This is why there has not been much running or skiing, most of my time is spent in the weight room and performing drills, teaching muscles the right way to work.
Once strong enough and its once again time to run, my muscles will be able to do the right thing. Since the muscles are contracting the right way, at the right time, and in the right position, I will be able to run and ski with proper form at my bodies' peak speed.
An example of training proper position, particularly for the lower body, is holding an single-leg squat position for two and a half minutes or 5 minutes in total. As for position, to get into the single-leg squat position, start by standing only on your right foot on top of a bench or box. At this point, you should be standing only on the front of your right foot, meaning your heel should be off the bench. Before lowering yourself down into a squat, make sure that your right upper thigh is perpendicular to the ground. Now, squeeze the glutes and keep the upper body erect. Next, lower yourself down into a parallel squat. During the squat, concentrate on pushing through the bench with the ball of your right foot. Hold for as long as you can.
Currently I am at 90 seconds so we have some work to do before we can get back to pushing the pace but the goal is to be back too full strength for outdoor track. Indoor track will be used for progression and Nordic well there is a whole upper body focus as well, but we will save that for the next post.
Spoiler alert, I will need to be able to hold a push up position for five minutes...
Now this is all a work in progress and yes one must "embrace the nerd" in looking for the key that unlooks our potential but I am looking forward to the journey and regaining back strength, proper position and ulitmately fast times!
Passionate runner and nordic skier who happens to own a run & ski shop!