I am embarking on a new training plan to see how it works for me. The plan will be based on a statistically insignificant number of participants me (n=1).
The theory that I am following is based on a couple of premises:
- I need a bigger aerobic engine;
- I spend too much training time in the “Grey zone” to hard to be easy and too hard to be easy; and
- When I incorporate strength work into my routines, i.e. OCR specific elements like heavy carries, pull-ups, and burpees, I over tax my body. Then it takes too long to recover for my next workout.
What does this look and feel like in real life? I am not really sure since I have never been able to follow a plan like this before. I always fall back into the theory of if a little is good, than more is better. While, I know in intellectually that this is not true, for some reason I always fall short on my ability to follow through on this.
So that is why I need to have this public experiment on myself. Maybe this will be what keeps me on the proper path as I move forward this year. So instead of trying to do the same thing and getting the same results I am going to try something different. Instead of my training being done in my own little world, I am going to let the world see what I am doing and see if this can keep me accountable. So with that said, I intend to guide my training in a couple of ways which will be new to me.
First, I intend to have my workouts planned for the week so I don’t have to figure out what to do on a given day, I will know exactly what the day entails. The workouts will be based on what I get from Yancy Camp, but in fairness to Yancy and his amazing program, I won’t be posting my exact workouts, but only a generalized version of the workout for the day. I plan to publish my workout plan for the week on Sunday and then a wrap up for the week the following Saturday. Or these may eventually morph into one posting
Second, every morning when i wake up; when I am done with my workouts for the day; and and when I am done with my training for the week, I will ask myself a couple of critical questions.
- How do I feel?
- Do I feel beaten up to the point where I can’t workout?
- Am I recovering well day-to-day or am I struggling to keep going?
- How do I feel at the end of the week?
I will also be doing something else new, tracking my heart rate variability to see if that quantitative measure in addition to the qualitative measures gives me a better insight into my performance.
For a change I intend to track these answers and attempt to determine a correlation between how the data tracks and and how well my workouts go.
Anyone who wants to join me on this journey is welcome to follow.