Recovering from pushing too hard.

I’m writing from the Kootenays, BC. I had planned to take the mountain bike ride of a lifetime this week but I strained some back ligaments while training. Now, I’m on the shelf and off the bike for a bit.

Yup the coach overdid it a little. So, I thought I’d eat some humble pie and share my lessons learned. Continue reading…

What is your heart (monitor) telling you

About 10 years ago I did the Grouse Grind for the first time. It is a grueling 2.9-kilometer uphill hiking trail, which Vancouverites use to train and earn bragging rights.

I happened to mention my achievement to a buddy and he promptly asked if I knew that every year some poor 40- or 50-something dies of a heart attack doing the Grind. Yikes! Continue reading…

I learned about resting from racing

My journey to do the Test of Metal epic mountain bike race started on January 1st. I was thrilled to be one of 1000 participants who got a limited entry spot that sold out in 22 minutes.

The training on and off the bike began then. It really was fun to get in better shape and better at biking at the same time. It was a great feeling to be focused on a physical test like this at 46. It also took a toll on my family life. For the last few weeks leading up to the race, I was AWOL on the home front a few times a week for 3 and 4 hours rides. Continue reading…

Management and energy insights from the slopes

I spent last week skiing with my family at Whistler, and the holiday inspired me to write something a little different this month!

1. Try an idea out. Push it a few times, if it still isn’t working try another idea.

chris-and-kidsOur trip started with a plan. My wife and I wanted to take the kids on a spring break ski week at one of the family-friendly resorts in the Okanagan. Our friends had raved about them.

But when I started calling around to make reservations (a few months ago) every place I called had problems. They were booked, or they didn’t get back to us. Continue reading…

Fundamentals of Energy Management

  1. Values: know what matters most, and ask yourself if you have the energy to live the way you want to live.
  2. Nutrition: eat healthy meals and snacks to support your day, and know when treats help and when they hurt.
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Pick an event and go for gold

One way Olympic Athletes maintain focus is that they always train FOR something. They train for national competitions. They train for world championships. They train for the Olympics.

They summon the energy to get out there rain or shine because for them, exercise has a purpose.

You may not picture yourself taking the podium for the luge, but finding an event, or a physical challenge is a great way to shift your mindset from seeing exercise as a chore to seeing its purpose in your life. Continue reading…

Discomfort: Get in D-Zone

Pet Peve

I hope this isn’t going to offend too many of my readers, but I’m going to rant for a second.

One of my biggest pet peeves is going to the gym and seeing the same people, sitting on the same bikes, doing the same thing – reading or watching TV – every week.

Here’s why that bugs me. Yes, it is great they are at the gym. Yes, it is great that they are going regularly. But that’s all they are doing – they’re going. They are putting in the time but they aren’t really putting in the energy. Continue reading…

Exercise for your brain

Did you know your brain represents only 2% of your body weight and requires a greedy 20% of your energy? That’s one of those facts that’s kind of fun to pull out at a party … if you can remember it.

I’m guessing there are a lot of things that you wish you could remember. There are decisions you wish you could make quicker. And there are moments when you would do anything to be able to focus. Have you considered rock climbing? Continue reading…

Energy on the road

Frequently when I travel to give Energy Management keynotes, people say to me, “Yeah this is great,  and I do it at home, but how do you do it when you travel?”

The strategy I use, and what I recommend, is to ramp up your routines and be extra diligent.

Working in new environments has its perks, but travel stresses your system more than you might think. The hours in airports, or on the highway, the unfamiliar surroundings, people and demands, the reliance on restaurant food, when you are on the road you can’t help but lose control over certain aspects of your life.  So it’s up to you do the best you can with what you’ve got and give your system a fighting chance. Continue reading…

Start Simple

OK, let’s just say that you really want to get more active. That it is really important to you to improve your health, your energy levels and your overall performance.

But despite wanting to be more active, and thinking about being more active, you haven’t actually managed to get more active.

What might be stopping you? Have you tried to start? Continue reading…

Exercise for Energy

OK, I have to ask, did you make a New Year’s resolutions about fitness?

Because if you made the same tired resolution you made last year and the year before, drop it. If you made resolutions reliant on willpower, throw them out. And if you made fitness-related resolutions about looking different, I can guarantee you don’t have enough time in the day for a mirror to move you to action, so move on. Continue reading…

Move It!

Movement is one of the most powerful stimulators of energy production available to the body.

So get out of your chair. Walk down the hall. Raise your arms above your head. These simple movements create a cascade of physiological and chemical changes that really will boost your energy! Continue reading…