Training ADD

I have been listening to Brett with Zen & the Art of Triathlon podcast for many years now.  I have even run a few races with him (Rocky Raccoon, Ironman New Orleans 70.3) and chatted with him during the race.  In all of his podcasts, he talks like he is having a conversation with you and often that means he gets distracted.  It is almost like he has ADD and randomly comments on whatever pops into his vision or his head at the time.  For the past several podcasts, he has recognized his diversions by saying “SQUIRREL!” which is from the movie “Up.”

 

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I realized that I too have a form of ADD but it is related to my training practices and plans.  I usually lay out a 6 month training plan with running, strength training, cross training, etc. and start to follow it religiously.  That is until I see something that looks like the new and improved method of training.  Then I will rework my plan from that day until the race with these new top secret training techniques.  That is until I find another new concept. SQUIRREL!

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When I trained for and completed Ironman Florida in 2005 & 2007, I used a training plan created by someone else.  And it worked.  I also used a plan in an attempt to qualify for the Boston Marathon.  The plan worked.  The sinus infection on race day did not.  But ever since then, I have been doing my own thing.  And with the exception of the DNF at Rocky Raccoon earlier this year, I have been successful in completing my events.

All of my plans start out with an ambitious schedule of ever increasing total mileage and distance of my long run.  They also include some form of strength training and/or cross training.  They are a perfect balance of endurance, strength, and speed training.  They look great on paper.  And then reality (life) sets in.  And one by one, anything that is not running falls by the wayside.

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That is until I see a great new article.

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This morning I saw an article about strength training for trail runners.  It looks like I need to sharpen my pencil again.  SQUIRREL!

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