60 miles in on a “recovery” day

Shifting on the fly from an explosive, HIIT-centric mindset to an endurance mindset is easier said than done. Especially when you’re “wired” for repeat explosive activities.

This was a little something I thought about during my 500-mile bike trek through Oregon.

…and Lord knows I had plenty of time to think. About this and a whole host of other things, lol…

But about that mental shift: even now, if I don’t watch myself during an extended training ride I find that I fall mindlessly into that zero-to-sixty, let’s-redline-this-mo-fo mindset. It’s my mind’s and CNS’s normal mode of operation.

Which makes sense. Both your mind and CNS are trainable systems too, and will “morph” depending on what you ask of them.

Or better said, they – like you as a whole system – do not “rise to the level of our expectations”, but rather “fall to the level of their training”.

So what does this mean as it pertains to training and performance?

It depends on how competitive you want to be in a certain endeavor. And how much time you have to train each modality.

In April 2019, Crossfitter Austin Malleolo pulled a 600 lb PR deadlift, then ran the Boston Marathon 2 hours later.

First, hats off to Austin’s effort. 

Secondly, there’s a big difference between being competitive and sucking it the hell up to finish. The latter is what Austin did. And it’s what I did in Oregon.

Could I hang with the top riders? Hell no. I was the caboose on just about every ride. And even at my slow pace I was completely decimated after each day.

But finish?  Yeah, I could do that. For an endurance event, it just takes being hard-headed enough not to quit.

AND it requires a mental shift. An awareness to keep an eye on the internal governor, keeping it dialed-back appropriately.

An unnatural act for those of us wired otherwise.

It’s a “skill” though that you’ll have master if you’re wired for repeat power, and want to play with the endurance kids.

Heal thyself, harden thyself, change the world –

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Keith Norris is a former standout athlete, a military vet, and an elite strength and conditioning expert with over 35 years of in-the-trenches experience. As a serial entrepreneur in the health and wellness space, he is an owner, co-founder and Chief Development Officer of the largest Paleo conference in the world, Paleo f(x) . As well, Keith is a partner in one of the most innovative lines of boutique training studios in the nation, Efficient Exercise. He’s also a partner in ARXFit training equipment, and a founding member of ID Life. In his spare time, he authors one of the top fitness blogs in the health and wellness sphere, Theory To Practice.


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