Monday, April 9, 2018
Daily Thought 2018

What It Means to Be a Spartan
This last weekend our Kinetic Heights OCR team competed in the Charlotte Spartan Sprint Race Saturday and Sunday. After 12 weeks of intensive training and 2 offsite training events our team of over 20 racers and some guest racers took on the Charlotte course. The weather made for a very difficult race, Saturday it rained and was pretty chilly, and Sunday was cold and very muddy from the rain. Why would these individuals put themselves through this challenge? The time, effort, and resources required to complete this goal was substantial. The idea of taking on these races scares a lot of people, it’s daunting and takes a real commitment to persevere. To be a Spartan means setting goals that are bigger than they are now, goals that really stretch your comfort zone and cause you to ask “why am I doing this?”. We do it because it makes us stronger as a person, it forces us to not listen to those voices in our head that say we can’t do this. For first time Spartans it is the new understanding that we are much bigger than we imagined before and that understanding opens up more possibilities that we can accomplish. We can apply this mindset to the other parts of our lives and not be stopped when confronted with a significant challenge. To declare a Spartan race, train for it, prepare ourselves for it and do it with others by our side gives us more personal strength to take on bigger challenges. For those who are already Spartans it means continuing to push ourselves to do more challenging goals and add to our confidence. What is means to be a Spartan is to pick a big fight and never back down until the task is completed not matter how hard it is or how much it scares us and to learn to lean on those around us who encourage us and help us to go farther than we could on our own. To be a Spartan is to play a much bigger game of life. #ARROOOOO
 
“Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty… I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life. I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives and led them well.” Theodore Roosevelt

Polar Smart Coaching Training Tip: The Magic Bullet
Exercise is truly a magic bullet and for two very important reasons. First, exercise changes your fundamental physiology—your ability to work well—and second, with those changes, exercise enhances your ability to lose weight. Why? Because it changes your infrastructure, your machinery, and your metabolism. If these networks are optimized through avid exercise, you simply function better. The more you burn, the stronger you become and the more you are likely to burn even more calories with subsequent workouts. It becomes a vicious cycle—a beautiful one! The whole complex business is a remorseless and effective burner of calories. And will make you thinner this year and for a lifetime. Be a fat burning monster!
 
Read more…The Biology of Exercise

Spartan SGX Training Tip: Workout of the Day (WOD)
Spartan WOD: Rest Day

Nutrition Tip: Spend as much time enjoying the meal as it took to prepare it
This is a pretty good metric that honors the cook for the care you or he or she has put into the meal at the same time that it helps you to slow down and savor it.
 
Read more…64 Food Rules by Michael Pollan

“If it came from a plant, eat it; if it was made in a plant, don’t.” Michael Pollan