Today I’m going a few easy miles with coach, author, speaker, and former pro triathlete Brad Kearns.
Brad was once ranked as high as number 3 in the world as a triathlete.
Endurance sports are his specialty and he offers ways for anyone to improve performance.
Overtraining and Underperforming
Breakdown, burnout, and injury are common to elite athletes as well as the everyday athlete.
The fitness world has become overwrought with recommendations for training.
In the early stages of Brad’s career, he trained by intuition and took rest days as needed.
Once he started to attract the attention of sponsors the pressure to perform grew as did more forced workouts and overall stress.
The added stress decreased his ability to fully recover from hard workouts.
The result was chronic overtraining.
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Present Day Fight or Flight
Most everyone has some source of stress in their lives.
The pressure to balance training, life, and work can contribute to present day fight or flight response.
“Too many kinda hard workouts,” can be a culprit leading to the chronic overproduction of stress hormones.
- Energy is required to survive.
- Energy is required to exercise.
- Energy is required to do daily responsibilities.
- Energy is required to REST.
Rest is critical to recovery.
When rest is in short supply the body goes into recovery debt and doesn’t have the required energy needed for this important training function.
Debunking Nutrition Myths
Athletes have the highest nutritional requirements of just about anyone.
Proper nutrition can greatly affect performance.
The need for endurance athletes to carb load is a common misconception.
Glycogen is in short supply in the body and must be replenished after hard or long workouts.
Fat is readily available and can be used as a fuel source in the body.
Nutrition is unique to each person and what works for one person may not work for another.
A cleaner diet can benefit any endurance athlete and promote fitness and health.
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