Monday, January 09, 2006

On the way to recovery

Not much to write about today. A bit of a "writer's block", I guess. A big positive for me, in my little egocentric world, is that I think the virus is finally letting go. I'm looking forward to being able to attack my sessions with a bit more energy and intensity.

Also, the Norwegian newspapers at home are writing about the disadvantages of being married to a full-time athlete. A few high profile break-ups spurred the journalists to run some feature stories on how much stress living with such an athlete can put on a spouse. That makes me appreciate my lovely wife even more, if that's possible.

Also, if you are looking for a good book to read during these winter months - consider picking up Jon Krakauer's "Into Thin Air". Krakauer was a member of the Rob Hall expedition in 1996 and writes brilliantly about the terror on Mt. Everest. Very fascinating and a bit disturbing. When I read it the first time, I simply couldn't put the book down. Highly recommended!

As always I welcome feedback and input regarding the content of this blog. If you have any questions or ideas about topics, let me know.


Blogger HP said...

Mags, I'm an avid reader of Jill Homer's blog about training and Alaska. Her last post was great, especially all of the comments.

I am a recreational rider that raises money for Team in Training. I completed a century in October and plan to do another one in June. Training season has not quite begun yet, and I'd like to lose weight.
I'd like to lose a total of 40 pounds over the next year, but would settle for losing about 10-15 before the ride (5% of my total body weight) Do you have any suggestions? I work full time but have a couple hours every nite to dedicate to training. Can you give me a few tips? I'd really appreciate it.

This may be an easier way to reach me:
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Blogger mags said...


Team in Training is a great organization. Good luck with the Century.

One thing about personal advice - it's just that. In other words, it is hard to give very detailed advice without knowing more about you, but here goes:

I believe it's about making changes across the board (diet, exercise, rest) for good. Not for 6 months, for good.

Diet - evaluate your diet, including all "snacks" and make the appropriate changes. Aim for around a 200-400 caloric deficiency per day. Remember - patience. Eat 4-6 smaller meals per day, instead of 2-3 larger ones. 60-70% carbs (mostly complex, some simple), 20% protein and the rest fat.

Exercise - Lets say you have 10 hours available for training per week. Aim for 1-2 rest days, so you have 10 hours to spread out over 5 days. Remember, low intensity and longer durations will help your body metabolize fat better. You will train your body to use fat as an energy source. Try 1-2 sessions per week of higher intensities (maybe intervals or a "race-pace" ride).

Recovery - make sure you allow for enough time for recovery. Rest yourself into shape, in other words. Get a recovery meal in after a work-out (within 1 hour of training).

Good luck,


Blogger HP said...

Thanks so much for the tips. My overall plan is to improve my diet, not go on a "diet" so it seems like we're on the same page.
I'll keep you posted on my progress!

Blogger mags said...


You are welcome. Maintaining a proper weight and improving aerobic capabilities requires a life-long lifestyle change. Good luck and keep me updated!



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