Those that live in colder climates will appreciate how difficult it can be to find the motivation required to ride in the winter. I've also found that high volume indoor bike trainer work is also very taxing on the body as well as the mind. I totally overdid things a few weeks back in my usual obsessive nature :) Way too much Trainer Roads. Wow those high volume programs are tough! So to keep things fun over the next few months I've decided to mix things up a bit with the following changes:
1. More jogging, and less bike riding
2. Steel mace training
3. Brazilian jiu-jitsu
Early AM jogs: there is something about distinctly primal about the overall movement that I find very stimulating for the mind which makes me prefer this activity over the indoor trainer. The 6-7kmp/h pace also keeps things aerobic which is my focus for morning activity on an empty stomach. Plenty of studies suggest that aerobic activity in the morning is preferable to optimising the fat burning process. I feel great after these. It's also a good time to catch up on podcasts and audiobooks.
Steel mace training: I just ordered a 6kg steel mace from ebay and will be giving this program a go https://www.bikejames.com/strength/mace-training-for-mountain-biking-using-hindu-warrior-training-for-the-trail/. I love James' approach to strength training, and in this instance he's making use of some cool training info from the Onnit website. Steel mace training is very good for balance, control, and the upper back. Something that I'm sure will help with the BJJ which is pretty hard on the upper back and shoulders.
Brazilian jiu-jitsu: I've just taken this on and am finding the whole experience fascinating. I'm totally out of my comfort zone rolling around and find that it's a massive learning experience. I've also found that it's very good for the mind because BJJ is highly technical so there is a strong element of problem solving involved. I'm also watching the UFC from a different angle which makes the experience more interesting :)
In summary, I'll be down to 3 rides per week (x2 indoor, x1 weekend ride/race), x3 runs, x3 gym, x3 BJJ, and one full recovery day on Monday's.
I'm a 36 year old male from Carwoola, New South Wales, a small rural area situated just outside of Canberra, Australia. I'll be using this blog to share my experiences with training, dieting, and other methods to optimise overall well being. The basic idea behind all of this is to have lots of fun with the learning and experimentation process. It's worth noting that what may work well for me may not work as well for others. I also don't think there are right or wrong answers, as things are constantly changing and evolving.