I’m going through a change…

Hope you’re having a good week.

I’m going through a change.
No, I’m not wearing Mrs P’s clothes while she’s out.
Yes, the hair on my head is slowly moving onto my back and into my nose!

But that’s not what I’m talking about.

I’m working through a pretty intensive training program at the moment.
Six days training per week.
I’m out of my comfort zone.
I’ve entered into a half ironman triathlon the end of August.

I am nervous!

Other than kettlebell sport I’ve never done endurance before.
This is 1 1/4 mile swim, 55 mile bike ride, 13 mile run.
The cut off time 7hr 30 mins.

I’ll be honest with you, it’s going to be touch and go if I can make it.
But I’m going to give it my best shot.
Better to try and fail than never try at all!

So what’s changing in my body.
Because of all the endurance lots of things are happening.
Physiological changes in a very short space of time.

My resting heart rate is dropping because the chambers in my heart are enlarging, pushing more oxygenated blood per beat.
I’m growing more blood vessels into my muscles to delivery oxygen and remove the waste.
I’m producing more red blood cells to carry more oxygen.
In every cell I am producing something called Mitocondria which are the power house of every cell.
I’m burning large amounts of calories and losing weight, it’s like putting a bigger engine in a lighter car.

On the down side.
I’m hungry and thirsty alot.
I’ve lost a bit of lifting strength.
My muscles feel tired and sometimes my joints ache or hurt.
I can’t have a beer and would really like one!
I’m exhausted by the end of the day and need to be in bed by 10pm.

These same adaptations change in YOU when YOU exercise.
The speed of it is determined by the volume, frequency and consistency of training you do.
So 1 week on and 3 weeks off wont work!

Be consistent in what you do.

Have a good evening.

I might have to break out the ‘pink weights.’

Russell ‘going through the change’ Pearcy

About the Author Russell Pearcy

Russell Pearcy has been working as a health and fitness coach for over 25 years helping men and women who feel tired and washed up get back in shape. Russell has also draws upon his experience as an Ironman triathlete to help coach others through this life changing transformation.