Sunday, May 5, 2013
Well this was a weekend to remember. First of all I would like to congratulate everyone who participated in the Winnipeg Police half marathon and relay. No matter what distance you did I hope you had a great time (on the clock and even more with the experience.
Lorrie and I had signed up for the 1/2 marathon and were pumped for it. Being able to share the event with the crew from Creative was an exciting thought. It was several peoples first event and I wanted to be there for it.
Shortly after signing up for the half I found out tat my hero Dan John was going to be in town doing a seminar and knew I had to be there. Even if his seminar was about eating Ice Cream from a cone and not having it drip on you I would have gone!
"Reasonableness" was the theme and we listened, we learned and we enjoyed every minute of the seminar. I know there are a lot of coaches out there who can tell you what to do or write a program for you never having done or experienced what you are training for. Dan has "been there and done that" and it was awesome to hear the stories of what he tested, discovered, and failed at. Not everyone can do that. When you have been at the top of your game and are surrounded by the best, train with the best and are friends with the best there is nowhere to go but to the top.
We learned a lot at the seminar either from Dan's own experiences, and his clients experiences which range from NHL, NFL, MLB, College, & High school teams, to high profile individuals and even Navy Seals.
One of the coolest things we talked about in the seminar was about how kids now are so over trained at such a young age that they burn out. Dan and his 4 brothers weren't allowed to play organized sport until they were in grade 9... Grade 9!!! They were able to play and be kids and decide what they wanted to do. By grade 9 they weren't burnt out, beat up or broken from training their asses off at a young age and his immediate family and cousins were all high level athletes or world record holders in different sports and played professional football in the NFL, Major League Baseball, and hockey in the NHL... It just made happy to think about the proper lifts we are teaching our youth and adults and not trying to run them into the ground every workout (there are some of those workouts that will knock you on your ass) but not all the time!
There are a few very important things I would like to share that I took away from the seminar and some of it I mention to people in classes here and there but this is a great place for me to put it out there.
1. Train smart: Pay attention, learn perfect movement and if you aren't there WORK FOR IT! Fast and hard are not the ways to go if you aren't headed in the right direction.
2. Leave something in the tank: Don't drive yourself into the ground every single workout. Keep it a challenge but remember you have a life outside of the gym too!
3. Keep working on mobility: As we all age we need to keep mobile because if we lose it, it will be hell to get it back.
4. Eat well and rest well. All the training you do in the gym doesn't mean shi* if you don't fuel properly and get enough sleep.
5. Support others around you: Its amazing how far a little "Good job" or "Looking great" goes for someone in training. We are all in this together. Even though our goals might be slightly different at the end of the day in class we are all like family and should support each other as such.
I missed running with all of you today but going to Dan John with Lorrie was amazing and whatever makes us better will make you better and we still have so much more we want to get better at. This all trickles down to you...
In the end this was a weekend I will never forget. We met some amazing people and reconnected with old friends. It was great having Chiropractors, Physio Therapists, Athletic Therapists, Trainers, and Coaches all sharing and coming together for this for one common interest and that to help our clients...