Above: Sliding in after todays (Saturday's) 30K SAR-training. Clear, sunny, wind from North-East.

Today the 'A' in SAR stands for 'Antertainment'. Like a Hollywood block-buster, that deals with a problem (zombies, monsters, terrorists from within the own troops, corruption, greed, fear) an injury is best treated as just that, Entertainment, a break from routine, FUN to deal with -- to be experienced as a major challenge. Training continues, while we take care of our injury (treating the effect, healing the injury and attacking the overload causing it, through improvement of the technique, eliminating the cause). My experience of today followed these steps:

Prior to training, warming-up fase:

1) Lokalize the exact problem-spot, characterize the injury;

2) Analyze the cause: find the fault in technique leading to overload;

Then, during the training, from the moment training starts -- simultaneously, as the flipsides of one coin:

3) Improve technique;

4) Heal the injury.

Post training (PT) attach ice to the affected muscles and/or tendons, and refuel (water, carbohydrates, protein and fat, NO sugar and s**t like that)-- as soon as possible.


Above: Todays PT ice-pack, as part of the final stage of training, is like the training itself: it surrounds the injury and smokes it out. Battling injury sometimes bears resemblance to the strategy of Siege Warfare: starvation until submission. it does, however, require a vulnerable mind-state to begin with -- otherwise wake-up signals and the direction to be given will get lost in confusion and mind-crap. It, thus, requires focus and awareness to come up with a strategy and to make it succeed. As said before: win the game in the mind first.


Above: Coming down from todays rhytmic Strategic Alert Run. Fresh, sunny, clear, Northern-wind-bitten, dune, Swash, Face, Wrack-beach training. 


 Above: Melting ice painted footprint on the first floor

Ice after training gives this great relief. It helps prevent injuries; a natural inflammation inhibitor. While the ice melts over time, the flipside of the coin is that it gives wet feet and leaves footprints all over the place. See also: Saturday_morning_midsummer_dirt_dive


More information about inflammation here


Above: Footprint after todays wind-water-trail-run-fun-dirt-dive: wind_sun_water_32Kms.

Above: To support cooling down of leg, my post-training SOP includes putting two 500cc buckets of ice close to the skin...


 Above: Ice sandwiched between Compression-Stockings: recut CS outside to hold the ice -- fully functional long CS seperates the ice from direct skin contact. Over the course of the following time (usually hours) I allow the ice to burn up.


Above: Cooling down after 28kms dune and full beach -- Swash, Face, Wrack and Berm -- run. 


Above: Footprint after todays training. 

One of the-- if not the most forward-trust-infused endurance-training-resources is SealFit, founded by Mark Divine. Here are some of his directions regarding food: "What you fuel your body with is critical for developing strength, recovery, and mental acuity. [...] Processed grain, in the form of breads, pasta, cereal and most other things in a box with label, are the enemy to good health and fitness. These processed carbs enter our blood stream faster than glucose in the form of glycogen, and send our insulin levels skyrocketing throughout the day. When it drops back down we are sent a “hormonal hunger” message in the form of a craving to have more of the same junk. In this vicious cycle, the body burns sugar, and stores fat. That is why we have a billion-dollar industry selling low and no-fat products, as if fat was the enemy. It is NOT. Fat is good (or we should say good fat is good). Become a fat burner and burn fat, rather than store it."

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