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Vital Benefits of Alternate Nostril Breathing

BE CALM & BE STRONG

Alternate nostril breathing is a yogic breath control practice. In Sanskrit, it’s known as nadi shodhana pranayama. This translates as “subtle energy clearing breathing technique.”
This type of breath work can be done as part of a yoga or meditation practice. Alternate nostril breathing can also be done as its own practice to help you quiet and still your mind.

BENEFITS - the quick list
Alternate nostril breathing may help to:

  • Balance the body energetically
  • Relax your body and mind
  • Reduce anxiety
  • Heal from stress
  • Promote overall well-being

BENEFITS - the SUPER cool stuff

  • It improves attention and fine-motor coordination/performance.
  • It activates the parasympathetic nervous system and reduces blood pressure.
  • Lowers stress and improves cardiovascular functionOne of the main benefits of alternate nostril breathing is that it may lower stress. A 2013 study found that people who practiced alternate nostril breathing lowered their perceived stress levels.
  • Improves lung function and respiratory enduranceYogic breathing practices may improve lung function and respiratory endurance. A small 2017 study examined the effects of pranayama practice on the lung functions of competitive swimmers and found that it had a positive effect on respiratory endurance.  Improved respiratory endurance may also improve athletic performance.  The swimmers in the study did alternate nostril breathing in addition to two other breathing practices for 30 minutes, five days a week for one month. Larger, more in-depth studies are needed to expand upon these findings.
  • Lowers heart rateLowering your heart rate can help to promote cardiovascular health. According to a 2006 study, engaging in a slow yogic breath such as alternative nostril breathing may significantly decrease heart rate and average breathing rhythm.
    Alternate nostril breathing may be a useful method to help you lower your heart rate in the moment, too.
  • Promotes well-beingAlternate nostril breathing may enhance overall health and well-being. It has also been shown to have a positive effect on mental health by reducing stress and anxiety.​
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How To Do It
Focus on keeping your breath slow, smooth, and continuous. Focusing on your breath will help you to remember where you are in the cycle. You should be able to breathe easily throughout the practice.
To practice alternate nostril breathing:

  • Sit in a comfortable position with your legs crossed.
  • Place your left hand on your left knee.
  • Lift your right hand up toward your nose.
  • Exhale completely and then use your right thumb to close your right nostril.
  • Inhale through your left nostril and then close the left nostril with your fingers.
  • Open the right nostril and exhale through this side.
  • Inhale through the right nostril and then close this nostril.
  • Open the left nostril and exhale through the left side.
  • This is one cycle.
  • Continue for up to 5 minutes.
  • Always complete the practice by finishing with an exhale on the left side.

Useful and Research Links
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5660749/
https://www.calmwithyoga.com/increase-vital-energy-alternate-nostril-breathing/
https://theyogaspace.co.uk/blog/PostId/261/yogis-ahead-of-science-one-nostril-breathing-determines-how-you-feel

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Exploring a Personal Upgrade

I am a super sentimental person.  Like over the top.  Scrapbooks.  Pictures.  OMG. The pictures.  I have 28,000 on my phone, not really organized or backed up well.  

When I was a child, my parents/mom did none of that.  I have virtually no pictures of myself as a kid. My mom didn’t show up at my soccer games and take pictures.  She didn’t bug me about holding still to catch the smile and such.  She wasn’t that kind of person.  I guess thats ok.  

Though let’s be real. It stings a SHIT TON because she loves loves loves to take pictures of flowers and things and that. And her cat.  I mean, that was recently, I couldn’t say that about her during my younger years.  I really don’t remember that about her. She went to school, worked and such.

I am sentimental.  I think a decent portion of that comes from my past, not having real great memories and having just about nothing of my childhood.  Like I didn’t exist.  

WOW. There is a truth right there.  Like this 2000 piece puzzle that D and I worked on. I really loved the experience.  We grew as a couple a bit.  We enjoyed each other a bit.  There was a lot of thoughts that I entertained during.  The kids helped.  Just good stuff.  So ... when it was finished, I saw a cool puzzle.  But I also saw a glowing thing of love and family.  Of something that I want a lot more of.

LOL.  Kind of like my AWFUL looking bike shoes.  They have gotten me through all my triathloning so far.  3 ironman.  A lot of blood guts and tears.  And yeah, a couple of times they might have smelled like urine.  A couple of relationships.  Some amazing times.  Some horrible times.  So I see them now, with new shoes that are just fine, training for ironman #4 (corona style, meaning a self ran ironman due to the world shutting down to survive), and I don’t want to throw them away.  D had fixed one of them when we first starting out out.  I mean seriously!!!! Some new dude was messing with my STINKY bike shoes, fixing them so they didn’t hurt my feet.  I want to dip them in that plating stuff like you do the baby’s first shoes and hang on the wall. LOL.  I’m silly.

Back to the puzzle, I didn’t want to take it apart.  I wanted to glue it together. Memorialize it.  Hang it up.  To store the juju, love and magic.  Cling to the hope that during difficult times in our house, that it will continue.  (I struggle with fear of abandonment issues, thanks mom and dad).   

I’m doing this relationship school program which is really helping me to open my eyes to how some of my behaviors make it claustrophobic for others.  Make it compressing.  I feel like this thing I wanted to do with the puzzle was more that than loving and honest being a sappy sap.  I wanted to grasp on to something in the hopes that it will stay forever.  

Thats the heart of a child that has been abused, starved, victimized and abandoned.  Those monsters, I’m working to get to know, tame and learn to be friends with.  Maybe help them be less monster like.  You know, like the Gremlins.  They didn’t eat over midnight.  They returned back to cute and cuddly.

I let the puzzle sit for a good bit. To try and figure out what I was going to do with it.  I was having a hard moment related to teenagers and the struggles there, was in a pissy mood ... D said, don’t take it apart.  I was on the verge at that moment of just throwing the whole thing away, I’m that frustrated with the teenager/ex husband situation.  His kind words, direction, calmed me down in that moment and I walked away from it.  

I came back the next day and decided that I was going to do something different.  He doesn’t view stuff like I do.  He’s not even remotely as sentimental as I am.  Though it did mean good stuff for him.  And we live in a tiny house.  Hoarding all the good juju stuff just isn’t possible.

It really came down to the biggest reason why I wanted to keep it. Store love.  And grasp things so they don’t change.  So I thought.  I can keep the puzzle. Maybe we do it again. I have another puzzle.  Love isn’t something that just stays in a puzzle.  It’s stored in the kitchen table that it was on. In the location.  In the act.  In our home that we are working hard to build and protect.  

So ... as we begin to work on another puzzle, that love is there.   As is well. 

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We were never meant to do Personal Growth Alone!

❓Do the work by yourself? or are these relationship things needed?

❓Do we have an epidemic of blocking, unfriending, ghosting?

❓Do we run away from the unknown, the uncomfortable, the scary too much?

❓Do we need to learn how to share space, love and energy with others?

I started out as a Life coach, and a nutrition coach, then a yoga teacher, now a tri coach, or epic hard stuff. It has been interesting to see the progression of myself and how I have more tools to help others achieve their goals and dreams, and help them to see that they can achieve a whole lot more than what they thought possible. Pretty hard cool, I get to see miracles. All the stinking time.

I have been working on myself, pretty heavy for the last 5 to 10 years. I have a lot to unravel, clean up, clear out and all that. Rebuild stronger. More resilient. Through all of this, I see with each step forward that my abilities to help others increases. Cool.

Currently I am learning that we really do need each other. This is probably one of the biggest things that we are getting wrong. That we feel like we have to figure stuff out on our own. Our culture teaches that. And let’s face it, being vulnerable and asking for help. We really suck at that. We are super judgy of ourselves and others which makes this line of thought even more of a challenge. Why would you want to make yourself vulnerable to someone when maybe you fear them judging you and being an ass, which, perhaps thats historically what has happened. And frankly, I don’t see ourselves as a culture improving on this much.

Social media is sure making this even more of a emotional habit/escape that we do. It’s so easy to unfriendly someone, to ghost them, to not communicate. And then to take it up a notch and to post silly self rationalizing things that make you feel better. Promote the person not taking responsibility for it. AND we get acknowledgement and positive re-informcement for that crap tactic behavior because either the people liking and encourage you doon’t know the story, their own story is trigger or we just like being bullies and self righteous judges of all things. That mob mentality.

🙂 Gosh. That was a lot. #nmf

So, these relationships that we find ourselves in. Rarely do they go perfect. There is some rubbing. Especially with time. Our friends and lovers, children and what not are mirrors for our own stuff. We love to leave those relationships because it’s hard to look in the mirror and see someone that really embraces the victim role, can be an asshole, Whiney, etc. How’s that for judgy. We all have our stuff that promotes behaviors that hurt others. Period. Looking in the mirror, seeing it and working on it takes bravery.

AND RELATIONSHIPS. it takes communication, lessons, practice and another person helping you to learn the lesson. Because for FUCK SAKES, this stuff doesn’t come from Amazon. We have to earn it. We have to earn trust, security with others, a good relationship, peace, etc. We have to do the work that is on our plate. We have to show up. Dig. Then wash rinse repeat. It’s a dance that we have to learn. With a partner.

Doing it by ourselves isn’t working. Truly. Look at us as a culture.

We have to communicate our people what we are working on, we have to do the work, they need to give us space to practice and gentle guidance when we need to change it up and keep working. Just like learning to shoot hoops, drive a golf ball. We try. We practice. We adjust. We practice. We get help. We continue. To practice.

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Shine the Light on Trauma Depression Anxiety and Suicide

Do you struggle with feeling calm, cool and collected?  Do you struggle with anxiety, depression or other mental health aspects?  Are you a veteran or other person that has served your community and country, has dealt with things and now struggle for health and well being?  Have you thought about suicide? 

Retired police / artist Jim Russell and myself, BK, have been in places that are dark and scary.  Lonely.  We have dealt with depression, suicidal thoughts and other mental things that have gotten in our way of feeling ....

Safe. Happy. Content. Well adjusted.

This podcast is about being vulnerable and speaking your truth. Shining light on our soft and weaker spots.  This podcast is about being real with those around you.  Being present.  Giving our time and energy to those around us that need help.

We think about depression, anxiety and suicide thoughts as if someone has a broken leg.  We wouldn't expect them to walk themselves to the hospital for treatment.  As is with some of the mental health issues, we need to be more proactive and nurturing to those struggling with some of these things.  We need to be present and listen.  We need to give of our time and energy to see, acknowledge and help when needed.  We can't continue to wait for those that struggle to ask for help.

For those struggling with these topics, we see you, hear you.  This podcast is meant to inspire you to pause and look around.  See the help that in front of you.  Reach for it and don't let go. 

Keep up the good fight.  You are not alone.

https://youtu.be/kvDioIurVk0

Shownotes

  • (0:10) Introduction to Jim Russell, Retired Police / Artist
  • (1:00) Introduction to the GY6 Rescue
  • (4:00) Goal Orientated Approach to FEEL BETTER, mindful and aware of labels
  • (6:44) As a Deputy Chief being diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder
  • (15:48) Shared diagnosis to boss and received the perfect response
  • (36:57) Cautious with labels as they can take possibilities away
  • (37:35) BK's swim story, PTSD, miracles and pixie dust
  • (43:18) All neurotic behavior stems from suffering
  • (52:12) How some life/occupational experiences have a big and negative impact on our peace and well being
  • (57:12) PTSD can come from small things, accumulative PTSD, life events
  • (1:01:42) If you feel like something is off, there are people that can help you. Now.  You don't need a label / diagnosis. 

Jim Russell is a local Tallahassee artist who has been involved in art for most of his life. He began his formal education at FSU in 1988 as a fine arts major, diverting to criminology and spending a 25 year career in law enforcement at Florida State University. Retiring in 2018, Jim has since devoted his time with his first love, painting, and in the last 2 years has completed hundreds of works of art as a working artist. He paints mostly in oil and subject matters include realism, impressionism, and surrealism. He is currently painting a series centering on sea life. Jim is married to Connie Russell with an 12 year old son, Grayson, who is a developing artist himself. Jim advocates for mental health and drunk driving awareness, and he is an avid cyclist. His art can be seen at his Tallahassee gallery and at jimrussellart.com.

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Suja Mini Health Boosters for Immunity and Anti Inflammation

Nutrition / Life Hack : Immunity Booster

We need to be mindful and be proactive at times. When?

👉🏻 Prior to travel, as you will get exposed to bugs you aren’t use to.
👉🏻 When stressed or after a stressful period when the body shifts to recovery mode.
👉🏻 During heavy training
👉🏻 DEFINITELY PRIOR (a week or two) before a big race. For the first reason mainly, and the other two.
👉🏻 Holidays

💥💥 Probiotics and turmeric 💥💥
And a big a amazing line up.

✅ Probiotics helps your immune system, which resides in your gut, work to maintain its hold, hopefully a healthy gut flora. Healthy gut flora help to do all things.

✅ Turmeric is a natural way to help bolster the immune system by increasing the immunomodulating capacity of the body.

✅ Echinacea for its immunity boosting properties.
Black pepper to help the turmeric work better.
Lemon, orange, pineapple juices.

This product below is made by a company that can be trust. Clean. Worth the money.

Perhaps have these on hand. Just pay attention to the expiration dates.

My personal experience. Decent tasting. Strong peppery taste. You could definitely add this to a smooth. Peasy go down Easy.

More pictures in the comments.

Ingredients: coconut water, pineapple juice, ginger juice, turmeric juice, echinacea, orange juice, lemon juice, acerola cherry, ground black pepper.

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Strong is: Hop scotching through the crap show of life to ROCK OUT your 4k swim

❤️👊🏻💥 Life can be so hard somethings.

We have sons that struggle with mental health ... suicide thoughts and emotional pain is not as uncommon as we’d like to think. Seriously, being a mom is sooo tough. 💔Sometimes your heart seems to get pulled out your nose. 💔Relationships are tough. 🦠Managing our own crazy can be tough. Working on personal growth can really leave you feeling naked and ultra vulnerable.

🏊‍♀️So getting your tail to the pool or where ever can be a big effort. Especially as moms and bread winners, role models and the like ... we have to put the game faces on. Play like we are ok.

So for those of you who aren’t quite ok. ❤️❤️ Or just not ok ... hang in there. Try and reach out. Find someone you can say stuff to.

Today I was talking w someone who’s just starting out in tri. We know each other decently. She’s a real / honest / no drama kinda of girl. She said ... “swimming is your safe place, just don’t think of any of the bs”. And it really hit home. Swimming is my safe place. I’m not super fast. I’m have severe swim anxiety. But I’ve conquered all that. I’ve heal a nice portion of my soul in the pool and open water.

I’m doing this crazy challenge of 100x100s Jan 1. Which is kinda silly as I have a needy shoulder. Hahahaha. And right now I swim about 6 times a month. I haven’t same more than 2000 in a hot min. Like since IMTX18. Hahahaha. Omg. However. I do a lot of strength work and yoga/swim stuff.

🐠🦈AND I ROCKED THE HELL OUT IF THIS SWIM. 🐳🐡

👊🏻💥AND ROCKED THE HELL OUT OF LIFE for 1:25:34.

And that just helped me bounce back to feeling so much stronger and capable. I showed myself that ... yep. I’m stronger than what I was feeling.

So ladies. When you are feeling low. Defeated. Drowning w life or whatever. Keep your head up. Reach out. And show up. Get your mind right. Just for that workout or even 5 minutes. Whatever. Do the best you can, w putting all things to the side.

Oh. And I did some SUPERWOMAN Breathing!!! 5 minutes and BOOM!!! 💥🏋️‍♂️💥🏋️‍♂️💃

TRAINING NOTES:

  • 8 x 500, RI 0:30 (no swim tools or aids)
  • Pacing work. I worked to keep my mind with "calm and strong", working to have a nice solid pull each stroke.
  • I began to practice nutrition. Each 500 I would stop for 30 seconds for a drink. First couple of 500s I used 20oz of water with Liquid IV, 500mg Na, 400 Mg Potassium. The 2nd half of the swim I used my bike blend of Infinite. I didn't like this as much and burbed it up a bit. I will go with Liquid IV next time for the duration and perhaps Glukos Gels for calories.
  • My right shoulder and pinkie finger was numb/achy for the 3rd 500. But I worked on form and that went away.
  • My nose was INCREDIBLY snotting after. My ears were blocked for a number of hours, probably due to the sneezing and what not. I will need to address this for longer swims in that pool. Finding a salt water pool would be a real good idea.
  • Shoulders were not sore at all the next day. I do a couple of different swim specific strength training workouts. 4 times a week optimally. 2-3 is required. Neck was a bit sore the next day. Though I would imagine that is because the 4k was done only breathing to the left. I was not able to get to every 3 due to heart rate not being chill enough.

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Metabolism 101 Video Series #2 Making Energy Overview

🔆Your body is pretty cool on this part. It has a lot of ways of accomplishing the same tasks, a hierarchy of activities and roles and ways to compensate like none other. I think our kind of primitive way of doing medicine, my opinion please, as insurance has driven a dumbie-ing down of things so to speak. The Indian wise woman knew a lot more. Functional nutritionists like myself and functional medical docs are going in the direction of the wise woman, with cool tests to back it up.

The intention of this lecture is to help you understand a bit more about: ✅HOW the body TRANSFERS ENERGY, ✅what that even means, and ✅how that applies to what you are doing. The hope is that you realize that things are bigger and more complex than what we are defaulting too.

Then you will realize that this diet or that diet, while it might have good intentions ... we need to take a step back to see HOW and WHY and apply those principles to the INDIVIDUAL so a person can find their JAM, it be a lifestyle change. And they are smarter to support the BIG EPIC goals and activities, in a healthy and safe way.

ENERGY CAN NOT BE CREATED OR DESTROYED

Smarites many years ago came up with these principles. Newton and his laws. The laws of Thermodynamics. This principle is very important to understand. In life. We think we are invincible and and that we can just keep going forever. If we were to think about yourself as a car, with a battery, alternator, oil, gas and what not, we would be so much better off in understanding that we just can't go 90 miles an hour all day long and something bad not happen. We know this about the car. How in the world do we lose sight of this with our own body.

The science behind this is, for nutrition, is simple. The nutrients in food, they are put together with chemical bonds. Like two or three ingredients that "combine" to form say glucose. When the body uses ENZYMES to "break" the "bonds", energy is "released".

First.

ATP: body's "energy currency". Just about every CELL in the body needs ATP to do it's J O B

  • ATP is required to move skeletal muscle
  • ATP is required to contract our digestive muscles
  • ATP is required to produce enzymes
  • ATP is required to carry molecules across cell membranes
  • ATP is required to process what you see
  • ATP is required to think thoughts
  • the list goes on and on and on

ATP is made from nutrients in the body obtained from metabolism, or what we eat and digest/absorb/...

To keep it simple, just think about it like this. Your body is super cool in that on the fly it can use the nutrients in the blood to combine and break in order to make ATP. Then the body will "pull" nutrients for the liver and the muscles in order to do this J O B. Again to keep things simple, in relation to working out and ENDURANCE training, we get these nutrients for two places.

💥Triglycerides💥 & 💥Glycogen💥

These are the "storage" form of FATTY ACIDS (fat) and CARBOHYDRATES. These two are stored in both the liver and the muscles. So two important things to say here.

  • ❤️Be mindful to not villianize Triglycerides. They aren't from the devil. They are needed in the body. In the correct amount.
  • ❤️ While the body CAN use protein for "fuel" to make ATP, it is not really designed to do that. It is a BACKUP method. Please think about that for a moment. And don't take this to think that protein isn't important in the body. It is not the designed means for making ATP, but it is required to provide the building blocks to help the body make ATP from triglycerides and glycogen.

BEANS WITH OUR AVOCADO / GUACAMOLE

  • 💥Simple sugars (glucose) from the BEANS (complex carbs)
  • 💥From the beans: fiber for the GI track to feed gut bacteria to convert short-chain fatty acids
  • 💥Beans Protein: amino acids
  • 💥Avocados fat into fatty acids
  • 💥Glucose goes to our liver, stored as glycogen
  • 💥Short-chain fatty acids that the gut bacteria makes from the fiber, usually used as energy within the colon/intestinal epithelial cells
  • 💥Avocado's longer-chain fatty acids go to the liver to be converted into triglycerides
  • 💥Amino acids from this meal go into the body's amino acid pool, which provides the body with material for new proteins, but can be used as fuel as well.

MAKE AND REPLENISH ATP IN MANY WAYS DEPENDING ON:

  • How QUICKLY we need energy
  • How FAST the reactions are happening
  • What nutrients are AVAILABLE (c / f / p)
  • If there is ENOUGH O2 to contribute to the reaction

3 Main Ways the Body Produces ATP

  • 💥ATP-PCr (super fast)
  • 💥Glycolytic Pathway
  • 💥Oxidative Phosphorylative Pathway

ATP-PCr is a super fast system that can only support a couple of sections of activity. This system recovers fairly fast. But it does take some rest. Think of this like when you are doing sprint intervals.

Glycolytic Pathway is a very quick system as well, providing ATP for just a bit longer, like 10-15 seconds. This system makes ATP much slower than the ATP-PCr though they both last about the same. This is a much more complex system, with many more enzymatic processes involved. It produces a lot of hydrogen as a by product which can be harmful. Think of them as very unstable and can be like Wreck it Ralph. Hydrogen gets gets "buffered" with the ending result a lactic acid.

Lactic acid is designed to buffer the hydrogen ions (harmful dudes) and carry them out of the cells where they don't reek havoc. This is what allows us to continue to exercise.

Oxidative Phosphorylative Pathway uses two processes, the krebs cycle and the electron transport chain. This process is designed to run a lot slower. So when the requirement for energy (aka ATP) is lower/slower, instead of using "energy components" to make lactic acid, it shuttles those "components" into the krebs cycle. And this is where we start thinking about carbs, fats and proteins can be used to provide "components" into the krebs cycle to support this "engine" of making ATP. When things are rolling smoothly, the hydrogen ions made during this process do different things than make lactic acid and get moved to the electron transport chain where they will make MORE ATP. A LOT MORE!!!! This is why that gray zone training, where you aren't completely in this way of producing energy can be hard on the body.

Heart rate training aligns directly with these three ways of producing ATP / ENERGY. If you follow a good heart rate training program that stimulates and helps the body improve and become more efficient with these. AND YOU UNDERSTAND it better, you become a smarter and stronger athlete and racer. In this way you can do well with training, racing and what sideways stuff happens. Like it's HOT. Or mother nature decides to throw 25+ MPH winds your way and you have to work hard, but your race is x long so you know you can do y.

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Metabolism 101 Video Series #1

Why do you want to pay attention to all of the videos?

✅Learn the basic concepts of metabolism, help you to be a smarter eater of food and athlete

✅Learn how to take these principles and apply them to you as an individual and your current health situation

✅Learn how to take these principles and apply them to your current A Race and training / racing situation

✅Learn how to correct imbalances or to not CAUSE them

✅Learn how to manage your own ENERGY WELL, feel great, preform great

✅Learn how to drop weight if you want, get strong if you want, BE EPIC

REAL LIFE EXAMPLES

Topic: Electrolyte Management: Sodium, Potassium, Magnesium

  • Your nervous system is broken up into two parts, flight or flight and rest and digest. Or sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system. Being low in sodium can cause your parasympathetic nervous system to be dominant, thus resulting in low blood pressure.
  • Not ingesting enough sodium during exercise can cause a decrease in the ability to contract muscles, aka performance goes down. As well as your body's ability to keep itself cool. And can also cause decrease in cognitive function, so maybe you have balance issues on the bike or you make poor decisions or get lost.
  • Magnesium is responsible for so many activities in the body, it is outstanding. These span from activation ATP to increasing glucose availability to reducing inflammatory responses to facilitating the clearance of lactate acid to increasing melatonin to help you sleep to increasing insulin sensitivity to supporting stable and regular heart rhythm to turning off muscles contractions. What does this actually mean? Without the right kind of magnesium in our body (not just your blood), you will experience fatigue, sore muscles, sluggish muscles, crappy sleep, possible irregular heart rhythms, cramping.

Topic: Macro nutrition intake balance:

  • The understand of the macro nutrients needs to be at the functional level. Carbs and Fats provide ENERGY and proteins provide building blocks. Proteins, or the resulting amino acids, provides the building blocks for body structure and strength, hormones, cell signaling molecules, enzymes, immune function. Protein CAN be used for energy needs as well. So if you are low carbing it and not providing enough fat for instance, aka doing just LOW calorie, the body will use it's own protein to provide energy to go about your day or it will use your leg muscle (or your heart muscle), bone or connective tissue to make enough hormones/melatonin to get that crappy sleep or feed your carb hungry brain.

WHAT ARE THE MACRO NUTRIENTS

Forget about the food pyramids. And the plethora of eating diets. Let's go geeky sciency for a second. Let's explore how the body is actually designed.

🌟🍎🥦CARBOHYDRATES 🥨🍇🍪

Carbohydrates provide your body with energy. The simplest are sugars, like glucose, fructose, sucrose and lactose. Complex carbohydrates, like starch, are made up of lots of sugar molecules joined together. The 'identity tags' (antigens) on the surface of all cells are made from carbohydrates joined to proteins. These molecules are essential for cells to recognize each other and to keep the different parts of your body working together.

Carbs are the body’s most important energy source. This is how it is designed. However, we might need to reconsider how many we eat and if the kinds that we are eating actually do harm. Like in the case of High Fructose Corn Syrup.

Carbs are separated into groups based on who many saccharides they they are made up of. The simplest, most fundamental unit of a carbohydrate is a monosaccharide—a single sugar molecule—made of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen atoms.

Sugar, Starch, Fiber

The human body needs all three types of carbs—sugar, starch, and fiber—to function well, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine because they all get used by our bodies in different ways.  Now, broadly speaking, sugars and starches get broken down for energy usage and storage in our cells, tissues, and organs, per the U.S. National Library of Medicine. But fiber is the odd carb out: It actually passes through the body mostly undigested, but helps regulate things like digestion, blood sugar, and cholesterol. More on carbs later.

🐿 🥓🥓 FATS 🍗🥓🌟

Triglycerides, cholesterol and other essential fatty acids—the scientific term for fats the body can’t make on its own—store energy, insulate us and protect our vital organs. They act as messengers, helping proteins do their jobs. They also start chemical reactions that help control growth, immune function, reproduction and other aspects of basic metabolism.

The cycle of making, breaking, storing and mobilizing fats is at the core of how humans and all animals regulate their energy. An imbalance in any step can result in disease, including heart disease and diabetes. For instance, having too many triglycerides in our bloodstream raises our risk of clogged arteries, which can lead to heart attack and stroke.

Fats help the body stockpile certain nutrients as well. The so-called “fat-soluble” vitamins—A, D, E and K—are stored in the liver and in fatty tissues.

The brain is very rich in fat (60%) and has a unique fatty acid composition; docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) is the major brain fatty acid. The lipids of the retina also contain very high concentrations of DHA. More on Fats later.

🐿 🥓🥓 PROTEINS 🍗🥓🌟

Protein is an important component of every cell in the body. Hair and nails are mostly made of protein. Your body uses protein to build and repair tissues. You also use protein to make enzymes, hormones, and other body chemicals. Protein is an important building block of bones, muscles, cartilage, skin, and blood.

Along with fat and carbohydrates, protein is a "macronutrient," meaning that the body needs relatively large amounts of it. Vitamins and minerals, which are needed in only small quantities, are called "micronutrients." But unlike fat and carbohydrates, the body does not store protein, and therefore has no reservoir to draw on when it needs a new supply.

There are 20 different amino acids in total, which can be broken down into two main groups, per the FDA. Nine of the 20 are what are referred to as essential amino acids, meaning that the body is unable to produce them itself and so we must get them from food. The other 11 are nonessential because the body is able to synthesize them out of the essential amino acids or the normal process of breaking down proteins, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine. Many of these nonessential amino acids are also considered conditional amino acids, because they can become essential in rare, severe instances when the body is unable to synthesize amino acids properly, per the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

In addition to muscle growth, protein is essential to the growth and repair of virtually all cells and body tissues—from your skin, hair, and nails to your bones, organs, and bodily fluids, according to the FDA. That’s why it’s especially important to get enough of it during developmental periods like childhood and adolescence.

Protein also plays a role in crucial bodily functions like blood clotting, immune system response, vision, fluid balance, and the production of various enzymes and hormones, per the FDA. And because it contains calories, it can provide the body energy for storage or use. More on protein later.

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Bike and Cycle Faster Lecture 1

So you want to bike faster?

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  1. Bike Fit: with all bikes being different and people physically designed a bit, a good bike fit can keep you comfortable, injury free and be a faster setup.
  2. Electrolytes and Fueling: having a fundamental understanding of how hydration works and how the body's fueling needs change based on effort level can help the speed workouts be more effective. There is a lot more to this, but understand that if you run low on sodium, your muscles can't perform as well. And you DO NOT burn fat very well during hard effort. When the blood, liver and muscles run out of glucose, you will slow down and not reap all the benefits of that strong workout that you could if you fueling well.
  3. Technique: basically being efficient with your pedal stroke and developing good body habits that are core centered, efficient and effective. Single leg drills, rpm work, among other things.
  4. Heart Rate / Power: use a system to get you out of that gray zone. Going slow enough and hard enough is where it's not. This is a science and art. There are many things to be said about this. More articles to come. Just understand that using both heart rate training and training by power is a wonderful mix, they both bring excellent things to the table.
  5. VO2 Max Improvements: making changes to the physiology of the body, on how it produces energy and fuels muscles. Check out this awesome article by Coach John. READ MORE
  6. Intervals / Lactate: making changes to the physiology of the body, on how it produces energy and fuels muscles. No, this is not a typo, these two topics are very closely related. Additional article to come. TDB.
  7. Strength Training: lifting weights the correct way is the fastest way to get faster and stay injury free. Though you MUST BE CAREFUL with this as combining endurance training and strength training takes a lot of knowledge of both worlds and most person trainers do not have enough education/experience with this.
  8. Other Considerations: DO STRONG WORK, not a lot of netflixing, use structured workouts or apps for structured workouts, rest and recovery is a must, eating well to support the changes and rebuilding is also a must, skill and adaptations take a bit of time but with all these topics above covered, changes will be quick and permanent.

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Wolfpack Tri Club : Coach BK and Coach John on faster speed on the bike

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Biking Faster: VO2 Max

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Author: Coach John Hill


✅ Today we are going to focus on aerobic capacity, or what most of us know as the holy grail of VO2 Max. Most of us chase this one with a passion but do we really know what it Is and how to measure it
✅The faster you peddle, the harder you breathe. Also, the longer you peddle, the harder you breathe. And if you sustain a fast cadence long enough, you will eventually find yourself breathing as hard as you can. Exercise scientists have a special term for breathing as hard as you can: VO2max. Research has shown that VO2max accounts for roughly 70 percent of the variation in race performances among individual athletes. Thus, if you are able to ride 5K one minute faster than I can, it is likely that your VO2max is higher than mine by an amount that is sufficient to account for 42 seconds of that minute.
✅The best way to increase VO2 max is interval training with an all out effort for approximately 6 minutes. One could do a VO2 max workout that would Include a 10 minute warm up, Immediately followed by a 6 minute time trial then followed by a 10 minute cool down. In doing this type of quick sets the VO2max slowly but surely increased and the ability of blood to carry oxygen to the muscles.

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Workout:

  • warm up with easy peddling ~100 watts
  • every 2 minutes increase the workload ~36~50 watts
  • at the lower limit of your HR target take a short break
  • peddle easy for 3-5 minutes

THEN:

  • 2 minutes @ VO2 max intensity
  • 8 minutes @ threshold intensity
  • 10 minutes of easy peddling
  • 2 minutes @ VO2 max Intensity
  • 8 minutes @ threshold intensity
  • 10 minutes of cool down

Remember to refuel immediately after the second VO2 max session, give yourself the best opportunity to recover quickly so you real the benefits of your effort.


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