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Stuff I like right now

A few things I'm enjoying currently. 

If you haven't listened to Tim Ferriss' podcast, or checked out his newsletter, I can recommend a look. I don't like all of his stuff (definitely some 'woo' in there), but his Friday newsletter is good. He posts a few things he's enjoying every Friday - from tech gadgets, to music, to books and quotes. This is my early 2017 version.

 Best Gadget: Stryd footpod - www.stryd.com - running with Power - basing my interval sessions on wattage rather than HR or RPE seems to help me keep the intensity dialed in a bit better.

Books: Listening to "The Mindful Athlete" by Mumford and Jackson. Not my usual genre, but interesting, and despite being a bit 'touchy feely' the discussion of 'Flow' state is good. I'm also listening to "Bowerman and the Men of Oregon" on Audible, and it's a great long listen if you're into that sort of thing. For fiction, I'm just getting into "End of Watch" by Stephen King - the final part of the Mr Mercedes trilogy. Narrated by Will Patton on audible, this trilogy is a classic. 

Podcast: Liking "The Forward"; this is Lance Armstrong's podcast. Good guests, and I like his interview style - didn't think I'd like it, but it's entertaining. I liked the recent Malcolm Gladwell episode a lot - lots of football talk. The Michael Morton episode is absolutely riveting.

Apps: Workflow on iOS. A great way to automate a few multi-step tasks. If I see a tweet linking to an article I wan't to read later, a quick tap will send the link into Omnifocus (the mother of all task managers); I can convert any article, webpage, or photo into a PDF document and save to Dropbox, creating a link that is saved to the clipboard. I can immediately post to IG the last pic taken. These are just a few examples of time saving workflows. The app is $3.99 on the App Store I think.

Gear: I have some Compressport tights (full length and 3/4 ) on order - they look great - review later. Other than that, the Salomon Agile 250 belt is a snug little belt, big enough to hold the monstrous iPhone 7+, and a thin jacket/gloves.  I'm using it for most <2 hr runs, when the weather looks stable.

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March Madness

March started off with some fairly darned stellar running conditions. The trails were dry and the school track was even starting to look half usable. Volume has been increasing steadily and I've been trying to lengthen the interval sessions to get in some 15-20 minute tempo sets. The theory of reverse periodisation would stress increasing specificity as race season approaches, so that's what I've been trying to do, with the first race of 2017 a mere 6 weeks away (Yakima Skyline 50km - I should probably post this years planned races here at some point!). The weather this weekend has not helped however! Snowmageddon hit again late Friday, so it was back to hours of plodding yesterday! Still, I look at these as being character building and strength enhancing! Been in the gym regularly - deadlifts and squats mostly, but these long uphill slogs are another form of strength, plus they are mentally tough when the weather is seriously crap. EEOR yesterday with Piotr Babis was a bit of an ordeal but we got 'er done! The traverse through the rock band (snow band) was particularly sketchy. 

 

Today was cold and the forecast doesn't look much better for the next week, but that can always change. Roll on Spring Break and a week in Moab, I say!

 

Weekly summary: interval session Thursday with 8 x 3 mins and 8 x 10 sec sprints. 

Friday I did 21 km with 2 x 15 mins at tempo power. 

Saturday Long run (mostly snow slog) EEOR summit from home - 1448m climbing, 18.5km

The rest was easy zone 1/2 running. 2 rest days. 

 A few pics.

 

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The new Stryd power centre charts are great at showing progression in volume and intensity week to week. 

 

Interval session as shown on the Suunto Spartan Sport watch. 

Interval session as shown on the Suunto Spartan Sport watch. 

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What a difference a few days can make. EEOR summit yesterday. Stormy Saturday. 

What a difference a few days can make. EEOR summit yesterday. Stormy Saturday. 

Heading up EEOR in some deep snow. 

Heading up EEOR in some deep snow. 

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