Low Energy Availability; definition of passion; Dan Lloyd 10 week challenge.
Happy April Fools! I wish this week's photo was a joke, but what can I say...
Here is your weekly TT Times update:
Events We're Looking Forward To-
- 70.3 Oceanside is this Saturday and the first major race on the US calendar. Good luck to everyone competing.
- The Idaho road racing scene kicks off this weekend with the Spring Breakout Series.
- The local triathlon scene kicks off next weekend with the Spring Sprint Triathlon.
Training Thoughts and Updates-
Have you struggled to lose those last few pounds of winter weight despite exerting training and nutrition discipline? This is not uncommon, especially if you're not closely matching your energy intake with your training load. If you keep this unbalanced up long enough you risk placing your body into a state of "Low Energy Availability", thus compromising your ability to lose weight and perform at an optimal level:
"In the situation of sustained LEA, metabolic rate will slow to conserve calories, and the hormonal changes will signal the body to increase body fat and decrease muscle. Therefore, it becomes increasingly difficult to lose weight or change body composition in LEA, which the athlete may interpret as not restricting enough or training hard enough."
Consider using an app like My Fitness Pal to track your calories. When linked with a training log like Training Peaks, you can easily track daily caloric consumption and energy expenditure.
Popular Social Post-
A twitter great thread that has helped redefine my definition of passion.
Quote that Struck a Chord-
"Enduring agony one day destroys your ability to train properly the next. Improvements in running is long term and, like growing up, it is almost impossible to detect any day-by-day differences." - Ron Clarke
Real success- the type that sticks around and grows into something truly meaningful, favors those who play the long game. Famous run coach Arthur Lydiard touched on the topic in this video snippet, and thought provoking blogger Shane Parrish wrote a great article on the "Surprising Power of the Long Game".
If you have a few moments to spare-
Global Cycling Network's video on whipping show host Dan Lloyd into shape over 10 weeks seems to be in contrast to my thoughts above on playing the long game. But Dan is an ex-professional road racer, with over 9 years racing in the pro peloton and competing in events like the Tour De France and other classics. The video demonstrates how quickly the body will build back to a baseline you established by spending years doing consistent, quality work.
Have a great week!