Give the Gift of Motivation and Inspiration!

Give the Gift of Motivation and Inspiration!

What could be better than passing on your enthusiasm!

The best is yet to come!

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Faster as a Master Your best is yet to come!





Full Speed Ahead!

Full speed ahead!

This is the start of the third week of training for this season.  This week had some challenges with scheduling.  Being able to adjust is very important while still getting the work done.  A couple of weeks ago I took my dog for a run of about 3 miles.  I don’t run very often so It took some time for me to get used to it.  Then a few days later I did a 90 minute cardio tennis workout.  It is fun to hit a lot of balls and this workout helps keep my heart rate up for an extended time.  All of this pounding took a toll on my left knee.  No running or tennis for a while.  Weights, slideboard, swimming, yoga, biking, all good.  Icing at night does the trick and one week after, my shift I am as good as ever.

Ready for another hard week and building intensity.  Staying on track.  I am also looking to fine tune my goals for the season.   They must be specific, measurable, have a time frame, and be realistic.  Focus this year is on the Olympic trials starting on the 27th of December in Salt Lake City.  My goal is to be better than my previous trials in 1975, 2005, and 2009.  The 500,  38.95.  The 1000, 1:16.00.  Based on my most recent races these times are very realistic.

Having specific goals helps me to set and stick to my priorities.  This is an Olympic year.  There are a lot of very motivated athletes that are training very hard for their lifelong dreams.  Being a part of the Olympic movement has a special importance for me.  I get a great boost from the younger skaters.  Most of training now is solo but later in the summer I will be with my group.  Then when we return to the ice this fall we will all be together as a family.

Full speed ahead……

This video is from Masters World Sprints in Salt Lake City 3/16/2013.  This short video clip is from the second turn of the 1000.  This is the fastest we go on skates, about 35 mph or 56 kph.  I love to CRANK this turn!  Enjoy, more to follow….

Taking a new approach

Last time I had some good racing I was so pumped I went overboard.  My first 500 meter race of the season was 39.99.  I knew I was setting myself up for a great year.  My summer work was validated.  I trained really hard after those first two races and ended up digging the hole of overtraining.  It took about 6 weeks to recover.  I learned from my mistake.  I relished my achievement this time.  I took it easy for a couple of days.  Racing takes more out of me than I am willing to recognize. Then I started back a little easier.  It takes a little longer to recover at my age.

Getting better and going faster is more about intention and choices than age.

Getting better can apply to anything in my life.  Intention sets my direction and choices help me with setting short, medium, and long range goals.

I have posted a video taken by my very supportive and cheering (she requests you turn the volume down) wife Maripat of my 39.00 500 meter race 1/26/2013. My pair was nathan Miller.  For a description of the race see my last post “Qualified!”.