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Achieve a New Personal Record by Fueling Properly

For the past 18 years, Grouse Mountain has hosted the BMO Grouse Grind Mountain Run (R)  in September. 2009 is no exception. It is the culmination of the summer’s hard-work and repetitive, yet addictive, climbs up the Grind.

Since July 12th, 2009, I have been training for the run diligently and differently. I tried various intervals, plyometrics , running with parachutes and climbing strategies — all with the goal of challenging myself, but also because I wanted to be able to give guidance to fellow Grouse Grind enthusiasts. In this time, my personal record has come down by almost 15 minutes.

I reached my mini peak goal of 39:56min on my 33rd birthday last week. This was achieved by implementing nutritional strategies a couple of days prior to September 10th. Today, after encouraging a friend to push himself to a level of discomfort he rarely goes to on his own, it is time to taper and fuel for Sunday’s race.

“Training is 90% physical and 10 % mental; and competing is 10% physical and 90% mental”.-Edmund BurkeYes, there is nothing quite like a race, except a race. However, by making your training harder than the competition, the competition becomes easier. Edmund Burke summarizes it quite well, but neglects the nutritional component of a 30-minute to a 1:30-hour event which primarily uses carbohydrates (CHO) as fuel.Alfred Ball – Kinesiologist, Strength & Conditioning Specialist

Alfred Ball

CEO | Practicing Kinesiologist | Certified Fascial Stretch Therapist. He founded Lifemoves in 2007. He has been a Practicing Kinesiologist and Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach with the NSCA for over 15 years. When he isn't helping people regain their strength and confidence to move with ease he is hanging out with his wife and young son, writing, or training for his next endurance running race. His big audacious goal is to qualify for the Boston Marathon.

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