Wednesday, June 27, 2012
I hypothesize that cyclists with this degree of training increase the proportion of their power that comes from fatty acids from body and food fats. In the normal person who exercises seldom, fatty acids largely fuel the constant power load of normal activity, whereas glucose largely fuels the extra power required for unusual activity. (There are exceptions. Glucose is the only fuel for the brain and the heart, which operate all the time.) I hypothesize that if the body can be convinced that damn hard riding is normal activity, then it will adjust to a higher average rate of fatty acid consumption, thus freeing glucose for an even higher level of physical activity. Again, body fat is an emergency reserve that should not be touched until an emergency (such as famine) occurs, so the body is loath to burn body fat unless conditions are critical. John Forester.
There is no such thing as reality. There is only ‘your’ version of it which is essentially your perception. Remember that what you believe to be true is only as true as your worldly experience and it doesn’t go any further than that. Even many scientific theories are just that; they are theories! It doesn’t make them so. Unlimited Choice. Org
Aight, fasten z chin strap, mates, we're gonna hoist anchor once again to do the dash of dots. Connect some seemingly random abstract ideas into something of value, defined as something we can, you know, use. Or, as they say in among the ranks of the racing elite, put it into play. Here are the dots:
D1: What we know is most likely wrong.
D2: Perception is reality.
Let's frame the experiment in the context of your training (and racing), because that can have a measurable result, as in your finish times. And, to be fair, for those of you that don't race (Lord only knows why) we can measure in other areas such as percent of body fat, cholerestrol levels, and my favorite subjective acronym QOL, your quality of life. So here, today, we find ourselves in the midst of a plan, we have launched the offensive, strategy and tactics designed to accomplish the objective. We are on the road. We understand the importance of consistent training, rest and recovery, stress management and optimal fueling. We are disciplined and daring. There is excitement, drama, paradox and humor along the way. We feel the tug of life's accompaniment when the winds blow and the vultures show. All systems are go.
One would naturally think that this is all well and good. And it is. BUT, at a certain point in this personal melodrama, you need to make yet another strategic tweak, BECAUSE WHAT YOU HAVE BEEN DOING, WHAT YOU HAVE BEEN THINKING AND WHAT YOU HAVE BEEN FEELING needs to change. You need to dial it up sweetcakes. What you thought was hard, long, fast, challenging, demanding was just phase I. What you thought about what you are was wrong. Sorry. You can now (and only now) shift into the high gear of your soul (and run like an antelope outta control*). As John Forester notes above, when this dot on the timeline is marked, you can convince yourself that an extremely high degree of efficient power output is normal activity. And the neuromuscular adaptation process ratchets up another notch. The only thing holding you back has been time (to allow the process) and attitude (your awareness of the process).
Which links us to D2. Is the reality of your current physical capability real? Or, are you limited by the perception of your reality? I am constantly amazed at how we 'govern' ourselves and fail to attain results due to this. Don't hold back. Go for it. Give it up. Sell the farm. Have no fear. What have you got to lose? I (nor I trust your friends and family) will not disown you because you had the courage to walk (or run) down that path and fail. THAT is the victory. THAT is the reward. I will say it again, IF you have done everything right in preparation (the process we call the road) all you can do is go out and play the game. Your perception will become your NEW reality. Experience will take you higher. You must embrace this paradox. Your very QOL depends upon it.
You are right when you're wrong.