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Cadence Formula?

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A Quick note before I get into today’s post: It was a super exciting time for me last year when I decided to launch this blog. I had some good content and a bit of time to create more. Then, I started what I thought was just another post about my training experiences: When the Training run becomes the longest run. Well, it’s become the longest post. Between that, holidays and sort of ‘off-season’ of running, I got a bit bogged down. Anyhow, I will try to create some regular additions as I embark on the next training cycle. Today I’m going to write about Cadence.
Cadence In a previous post I mention that I never learned to run. Realizing that, and attempting to finish distance runs I have a new interest in my own technique. I have wanted to get some video as I know video analysis can be quite eye opening. In the meantime I am trying to focus on the principles I call NOBLE running form, and Cadence.
Generally I am trying to move efficiently, knowing each efficient stride saves energy f…

Occam’s Protocol

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Occam’s Protocol
In conjunction with Tim Ferriss’ Slow-Carb Diet (SCD), I used Occam’s Protocol as an Alternative Training strategy (Both out of the 4-hour Body). Tim has not published a detailed explanation of this workout online, however there is a lot of information, discussion, and controversy about this workout online. My bottom line? It definitely adds muscle and strength if done properly. I did not have a particularly rapid response (I continued to gain muscle after I stopped) or notably huge gains. I consider 5-10 lbs of muscle a lot for someone in his late 30s.
So, what is it? Generally, it is a weight lifting regimen consisting of two alternating workouts, (A, B) each with 2-3 exercises. Each exercise is only done once; yes, just one set per workout. Each set is done at a slow cadence (5/5: 5 seconds to push weight up, 5 seconds to let it down) and the number of reps is defined by reaching failure. That’s about it. There’s some more detail I will discuss below and if anyone is…

The Rescue

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The Rescue
After 3 hours on the road, I was probably a bit dazed. Not to mention, there weren’t any traffic lights or intersections on the open road. I guess I can’t blame Zak for getting nervous.
“What are you DOING?!? Either stop or GO MAN! GO! DRIVE!” “What? Oh, CRAP!” As I find the accelerator, and weave past the oncoming car, I realize that in front of a city bus, in the middle of a 4 lane intersection is definitively NOT the time to hesitate. I also realize I don’t like being told how to drive “Man, there were feet to spare. I don’t want to wreck my ride either Bro!” That’s how I defend my ego against bad driving. At least from having to admit it.
Living in the mountains, it seems counterintuitive that we’d be travelling toward a city for our climb. I suppose people in the city appreciate natural beauty too, and you can’t relocate nature’s wonders! Now that we’re in the neighborhood, it’s time to find a place to rest our heads. Evening is near, and hunger has a way of making a guy…