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Ultra Training Update #1

New Year!

Ultra Running Training Update

Total distance 36.6mi
Total duration 07:39:00
Average pace 12:32min/mi

Cold weather, cold showers, body composition changes, and a cold.

Progress, perhaps not exactly at the level I want, but on every front i’m making progress. Re-wiring routines to influence behavior is a prococess. Often I read and see advice and motivational videos say do “X” get “Y” Results – this always misses the key compenent that underlies the process and is consequently where people experience the most failure in changing habits, diets, routines, and ultimately behavior. Between the path of x and y is a repeating cycle of will/intent vs old behavior it is a cycle because everyday these two balance themselves. If our continued intent is strong enough we override that old pattern and begin laying the foundation for a new pattern. Some days we slip, but when we slip something interesting happens – it doesn’t wash away all that previous work and intent. Instead, studies show, that it is more of a self-contained map that retains this intent and effort, and with each success and failure we add to the map until it becomes as easy or easier to navigate than our previous map it becomes our go-to pattern. The old map doesn’t disappear, but it is less and less easy to read as all of the new experiences we have are now more tied to the new map. Yet every now and them we find ourselves existing in an old cycles, reading olds maps, perhaps for nostalgia, perhaps a response to something unexpected that our new map doesn’t have a legend for. These trips down literal memory lanes lasts much shorter, but are important reflection points. It is basically a crossroads between the maps, and when you re-affirm your intent to utilize and expand the new map our brains now say -“Ok, new map it is!” – until the next junction, and next, and next, and for some behaviors that have been with us for long periods of time this can happen for years.

Sometimes, I find it helpful to compare this to programming as via our choices we are directly programming not only our experience, but our response to that experience – this programming loop of cause and effect is recorded in our memory. As the choice loop continues to run the equation of choice changes because it is the sum of experience weighed against intent and balanced by the potentiality of that reality.

All that is a fancy way of me saying I haven’t ran this week. 🙂 a slight cold didn’t help. Like tuning a radio station – you get that slight bit of feedback before you find that resonance.

However, I have made a lot of progress on a lot of other important fronts – poco y poco – little by little.

If I can climb these other supporting mountains of change in my life I know the running will be that much easier journey.

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Ultra Running Week#2 Update: Behind The Scenes

Week2

Ultra Training Week

Total distance 36.6mi
Total duration 07:39:00
Average pace 12:32min/mi

0 miles.

I decided that I should focus on getting the knee right and wanted to get a good chunk of the technical work done on the site. So I took the twofer. This site, all the graphics, the custom coding, the social media automation, etc is all some machination of open source projects, my skill, and useful/interesting interactions. So, for the curious I decided to open up the curtain a bit, talk about what is going on from the technical side of this project and some of those goals as that journey runs parallel with my physical journey.

As all of my projects I take a pretty fluid approach so the mechanics and scope can certainly change.

I want this website to be an interactive piece of this journey. To accomplish that it takes a pretty broad array of technical skills, but thankfully I have experience in all of them from previous adventures (Check out AddictiveAngler on youtube). However dusty those skills may be they all seem to be intact and it has been energizing getting all of the wheels greased and geared. So what am I doing?

The Website itself will be an interactive Vlog of my experiences – tracking my runs daily, capable of real-time chat, and an extension of my book.

To Accomplish this i’m building the site itself on wordpress as it offers some baked in solutions via plugins that accomplish a lot of the heavy lifting and require very little programming from myself
The Plugin Run Log, links with the Strava app (and many others, but I enjoyed Strava’s interface and simple setup I have an entirely self contained option as well).

Then I’m using The Adobe Creative Suite for video/photo editing, Open Broadcaster software for all podcasting recording and fruity loops for audio editing.

Phew… like I said a set of skills – and the best way to help your skills out is bootstrapping!

In Reverse… For fruity loops – Looperman is a free loop resource
OBS has loads of tutorials videos on youtube
Templates and tutorials for adobe products can be found in many many places, find some here to start your project.

I’m hoping a Googlefi plan will give me the opportunity to cover some races into a live running tracker but that is a bit down the line.

I’ll be testing out everything tomorrow and hopefully begin with the videos this week!

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New Year! Ultra Running Training Update Cold weather, cold showers, body composition changes, and a cold. Progress, perhaps not exactly at the level I want,

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Patreon

Patreon is a great way for me to fund this entire adventure from gear to race buy ins and maybe even a smidge for my time – join the party for as little as $1 a month and be a part of the journey!

Sweatcoin

Sweatcoin is an awesome concept of a crypto-currency based system that rewards your to move around! Get paid to walk & run, get special offers for your hard earned sweatcoins!

Youtube

I just started up a youtube channel to document this adventure. It is more than just another running story and encompasses the larger adventure that is the past 12 years of my life culminating into now. 

No Absolutes

The philosophy that is inspiring this journey, check out the preview my clocking button! This is my first book and is self published you can order on this site or amazon! 

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Ultra Training Week #1 Update

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It's time to Run!

Ultra Running – The activity I never wanted, but happy it found me…. I think…:)

Ultra Training Week

I first heard about ultra running in 2017 when Courtney Dauwalter crushed the moab 240 with 21 minutes of sleep running for over 58 hours. That means in the just over 3500 minutes of continual movement, across gnarly terrain. I was blown away. I’ve ran a bit, played a lot of soccer but had always hated the running training side of athletics. Post 25 the majority of exercise has been travel, fishing, and weights. I started running again this summer, trail running I found, is my jam. I’ve been an avid hiker my entire life and being able to run around the mountains sounds fun I love the downhill runs after a massive hike up. The mental hook has been gobbled, a summer full of increasing endurance, strength, and stability set the hook and then watching a few inspiration ultra running videos on youtube and i’ve found myself hooked.

This is also a great chance for me to put up or shut up in regards to my book. The inspiration behind this journey is founded upon those pages. I’ve rigorously tested my theories and ideas throughout life and this visceral test of self is a vital piece of my work.

I’m also not going to be following your average training routine. I’m combining intermittent fasting, mushroom supplementation, NMN, and breathe work into my training. I will be training primarily in the cold throughout winter and exposed. The idea behind this revolves entirely around inflammation. Every single piece of this puzzle has showed marked improvements across the board on inflammation as well as down stream effects on endurance, recovery, and lean muscle composition.

In the beginning my nutrition wont be dialed in – I’ve found that when i’m pushing over 30 miles a week my body turns into different type of machine and the way I process, what I process, and when changes dramatically so my idea is to see where I am when I can get 80 miles in a week at that point I imagine a stricter and denser nutrient profile will be necessary (i’ll be making my own bars and snacks). Until then i’ll be consuming extra proteins and extra fats to help with the repairing of the damage and trying to drop about 20lbs slowly through winter.

So how did week 1 go? I hit 30 miles which is the goal for the week until spring. All training (minus weight lifting) will be outside. In additional to this overall big goal I have some smaller experiments and tests. The exposure combined with breathe-work has been shown to do tremendous things for human body. Personally it got me through my first marathon distance run.

I started at 7 am with temps around 19 degree in shorts and a t shirt. I was a warm as a button and everything was going great until mile 12 or so and my knee said no more. The 10 miles back was brutal and ended up in 5 miles of the final walk uphill home being one of the most excruciating pains I’ve had in recent memory. My legs were a litany of what i’ll call acute charlie horses when instead of the entire muscle rebelling pieces quite at different times creating a ceaseless stabbing pain moving constantly all over my legs… I did not know this was possible – something i’m sure i’ll be saying and writing more oft.

Making it home I was unable to walk for the next day and then Wednesday felt ok, let it sit another day went out for a 6 mile run on Saturday, more knee pain at the end.

So, i’m at the end on week 1 of ultra training and despite one of the most painful and cold weeks I’ve had in recent memory I remain enamored with the idea and can’t wait to do my first race The Peak 50 in May. My work has always been cerebral in nature and combing something physical with that work gives me a great personal feeling – something that feels more balanced. I have some healing to do, but also a direction to focus my strength training efforts.

All in all I remain excited for the adventure! Video update coming soon!

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Sweatcoin

Sweatcoin is an awesome concept of a crypto-currency based system that rewards your to move around! Get paid to walk & run, get special offers for your hard earned sweatcoins!

Youtube

I just started up a youtube channel to document this adventure. It is more than just another running story and encompasses the larger adventure that is the past 12 years of my life culminating into now. 

No Absolutes

The philosophy that is inspiring this journey, check out the preview my clocking button! This is my first book and is self published you can order on this site or amazon!