The snow has started flying in the high country and the biggest holiday of the year is upon us. This is the time to take a breather with some unstructured prep work for athletes with goal races in the end of the 2008. If you have early A races, you should be nearly done with your prep phase and ready to head into Base/Build training shortly. Early bird gets the worm, so don't wait until after the holiday season to get started. One of the overlooked things for those celebrating Christmas that seems to be a stress, is the gift shopping. If time is limited, do it online, and have your gifts shipped directly to those living far away. It may also save you money. However, for local gifts, I always like to use local stores and support the local economy. Best of all, you will get to actually see and hold the merchandise yourself, to inspect the quality of what you are getting. The end result of taking care of this now (if you haven't already), is you can head back into training without freaking out at the last minute--stressed on what to get and spending several days in the malls of chaos looking for that special something. Shop now, get that tree and decorations up, or whatever it is you put up this time of year and get back with the program. The payoff will come on race day.
WHERE OUR ATHLETES WILL BE IN 2008... 2008 will kick off the season for Gemini Multipsport athletes at Ironman Arizona in April. There will be athletes at major races throughout the USA from Gemini Multisport--including the 5430 Sprint, Boulder Peak, 5430 Half Ironman, Ironman Arizona-November edition, Mooseman, Ironman Canada, Ironman Florida and various other races (more than likely Ironman Hawaii World Championships from our early indications from recent results of some of our top athletes).
If you are interested in a off season training plan, or a customized personal coaching program for you and you alone, contact Coach KK at Gemini Multisport before you get buried not only by the snow--but the by the competition.
Now that Old Man Winter has his grip on the northern parts of the country, and other areas of the world, many of us want to cuddle up in front of a fireplace with hot cocoa, a good movie, and put on the winter insulation layer of fat. Nutrition Periodization is something that you should be thinking about NOW. I first heard about this from Bob Seebohar, at my USAT Level 2 clinic. What is it? It is using various nutritional strategies throughout the training phases of the year to gear your nutritional needs and energy requirements all year long, and optimize performance at the biggest race of the year--the A race. In the preparation period of your training (hopefully you are there now), you ought to be trying to figure out your caloric expenditure and needs to replace that. Seeing a registered dietician or nutritional consultant is a good start. Next, try out new bars, drinks, and gels in training so that you can narrow down the most palatable ones for the upcoming season.
An important point here is to determine the body weight/composition goals and whether or not those goals would impede your performance or not. You should be using higher fiber foods at this point to lower cholesterol levels and increase fruit and veggie consumption to get enough vitamins and minerals. Follow these simple suggestions and you will be on your way to getting through the holidays with less fat, less cholesterol, and feeling more alive and ready for the next race season--knowing you have a nutritional strategy in place already before the snow melts. Happy Holidays from Gemini Multisport! (Oh, and you can have that piece of fruit cake now--but only a small one!)