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by Coach Steve Ilg RYT | USCF | CPT
author of "Total Body Transformation."
Within my next 24 hours, feeble ilg toes the Start Line of my first of 8 Championship Cycling Races; a 15-mile Time Trial with over 600' of elevation gain.
Minor Detail: I've not been on my road, mountain, or time trial bike save for 4x since, uh…well, OCTOBER of 2015!!
Breaking it down: I've ridden my Mountain Bike 2x, my TT bike 2x (racing it during the Pagosa Winter Quadrathlon in March and in the local Dead Squirrel - don't ask- TT in April). Road bike? uh, once…a club ride in, what was it? March? Early April?
Yet? To lifelong warrior of Wholistic Fitness®? Such an obvious lack of sport specific training has not fired one neuron of nervousness from within my cells for tomorrow evening's Time Trial.
Here is why...
My Tibetan Meditation Teacher, Dudjom Rinpoche taught me that such overwhelming moments of perceived inadequacy make ideal Bardo (Death Entry) Training…for being underprepared for stunningly unknown sensations is precisely what it's like when we cannot take another inhale. You with me? Rinpoche said that entering into unknown, under-trained for terrain, "Is like taking a hood off your head. What boundless spaciousness and relief! This is the supreme seeing: seeing what was not seen before.”
Making the transition from my priority of Winter Racing (nordic classic/skate, snowshoe, fat tire snow racing, ski mountaineering racing, winter quadrathlons/multisport) into the far more mundane (to me) summer racing of trail, road, and cycling racing is a precious threshold whereupon i get to see what most sport-specific athletes rarely, if ever see; the Connectedness of ALL SPORTS where everything opens, expands, and becomes crisp, clear, brimming with potentiality, vivid with wonder and freshness. It is as if the roof of my mind fluffed off like the shedding of a Western Rattler's skin… Awakening me to a new seal broken where I can ply my winter sports fitness into a new-again world inhabited by sport-specific creatures whose postures, words, and way of beingness telltale a Path way too trodden.
The Teaching of this offering to you on this sacred day? Is once again; Wholeness. Ilg ain't scared or intimidated by toeing tomorrow's Start Line on a Time Trial Bike against those whom have been pedaling incessantly like rats on a wheel all winter! Instead? As the official counts down my start; "Racer Ready, 3-2-1..GO!"
Oh, Ilg will "GO" ...
Confidence is born from Training.
Though i've not sat in a bicycle saddle a FRACTION of the time compared to the mighty warrior brothers tomorrow? Ilg will be smiling upon my aero bars, hunkered low against Sister Wind, snapping my thighs at the top tube, recollecting my times offering my sweat upon the scared snows while ski racing, snowshoeing, and doing the MULTISPORT DANCE!
Wholeness lives in versatility.
Long Love versatility!
Never count out your 'lack of specific training'…that's an illusion of the sport-specific Clans…so predictable in their lack of wholeness, in their lack of trust in It All...
GO Noble Warrior(ess)! Toe that Start Line!
For you have in your cells the highest Nutrition: BodyHealth!
And you have in your spirit the highest Spiritual Nutrition: Faith in Wholeness!
I'll let you know how i fared tomorrow, if you let me know that YOU did what it took to Toe The Start Line of YOUR unique race -competitive or not...
Let's DO this thang!
The ability to fully digest and absorb protein means the difference between killing or maximizing your muscle gains and fat loss, as well as your overall hormonal balances and your levels of energy, inflammation, and health. So understanding exactly how it works, and how to keep it working, or get it working, properly is very important.....
When it comes to cholesterol, virtually everyone is aware that too much LDL cholesterol is an indicator of heart disease and that optimizing LDL/HDL levels is critical for heart health.
People avoid foods that are high in cholesterol, exercise, lose weight, and try countless other methods to lower their LDL – which are all met with varying levels of success. But, despite all this, heart disease is still the leading cause of death in the USA.
Today we’re going to discuss a simple, science-backed alternative solution to lowering LDL levels – and it’s all about protein.
Growth Hormone (GH or HGH) is one of the most important hormones in regard to muscle gain and fat loss for men and women:
It increases muscle mass, increases protein synthesis, strengthens bone, internally makes your metabolism “younger,” and is, to a large degree, “anti-aging” in its effects. And it does this in large part by stimulating the uptake of amino acids in the cells.
In fact, GH is so closely tied to amino acids, that not only does GH stimulate the uptake of aminos, but taking aminos stimulates the release of GH to get the cells to take in the aminos.