Monthly Archives: March 2016

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I have been pondering about something like this for a while.
Actually the reverse, Strategies in successful sports training to be applied to entrepreneurship.
I did my half ironman in 2014, and I was thinking the strategies I applied then could be used in success in business.
In terms of sports these were the strategies
1. A goal – I signed up for a race, saw the  cut off times, decided to focus to finish on time. I kinda had an accountability buddy, the guy who got me to sign up. We didn’t train together much, but we did update each other on our training.
2. A plan – knowing about the target, researched what I need to do to achieve it. Reviewed what I already had, and looked at what I need to improve, swimming and running was okay, I needed to increase my cycling speed and distance, and get used to brick training. I.e. Running after cycling.
Created a training schedule I needed to follow.
3. Execution, monitoring and adaptation. Used an android app endomondo to monitor my performance.  To see if I am on track. Seeing the improving results gave a positive feedback to continue. Some people can afford to buy the multisport watches like suunto ambit or the garmin 920xt.
4. Show up to the event. And enjoy the results and rewards of the training.

Now I have been think to apply it to business or making money.
1. Set a goal – an amount of money by when.
2. Research and plan – reflect.on what resources I already have, and find out what business I can do, when I need to do it and how.
3. Execute, monitor and adapt – Do it, track the sales, financials. Change if anything needs to.
4. Results and rewards. Enjoy the fruits of your labour.

For now I am still in phase 2, looking into what I have done, and what I can do.

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Post long hard run recovery

Did my 2nd marathon distance this year and realized how important recovery is. Never really looked into it much, but pushing myself this far has forced me to do so. My body aches for almost a week after the first one, I wud like to recover quickly after this one. Here are a few quick tips I got from runners world magazine.
http://www.runnersworld.com/injury-treatment/post-run-recovery-tips
Immediate post recovery tips
– Dont allow body to cool down, change to dry clothes and do stretches
– Do stretches,  dynamic stretches seem to work best
-Refuel with 4:1 carb:protein with significant electrolytes
-Rehydrate

Post recovery tips
-rest, its when your body actually heals and becomes stronger after pushing it. (I guess until my body doesn’t hurt anymore, but i did a swim that used more hands then legs, probably ok)
-Rest with leg above heart level. (I have seen a few people do this, mostly I try to keep my leg up while seating down, please don’t judge me when you walk into my workplace and see me put my legs on the table).
-Do flat runs to recover from hill runs and vice versa. (I guess after the rest period, also I did a trail hilly run, so I am going to do a flat around the stadium run)
-No pills to treat inflammation, it is part of the healing process. But can eat anti inflammatory foods.
-Water therapy, submerge leg or whole body in water helps with flushing the system. (I do a slow and relax swim, check out total immersion)

Another thing I would like to add is the need for conditioning, or maintaining. I remember when I started off, the delayed onset muscle soreness or DOMS often occured, but as I got used to longer and/or faster runs, the shorter and slow runs didnt hurt much if at all. But i have to keep running or cycling, after 4 weeks of not doing anything my body had reset, but thankfully it was quick to recover. Can probably restart within a week. I recommend at the most 2 weeks rest if needed. More if serious injury, but then have to replace with another activity that doesnt hurt the injured body part.