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    Default Got any fitness and strengthening techniques?

    Have any suggestions on fitness and strengthing techniques to improve performance.

    Getting older is starting to suck. I also now know that drinking beer and wine with a salty dinner at the Slanted Door may dehydrate a sailor the night before too.

    After the TBF, I realized that I wasn't in the mental and physical shape I need to be in to compete as well as I would like. Hard seats and aweather helm sure did drive the point home that i need work. Ok I know it may mean more cardo with some bike riding, maybe some light running, some navy style pushups and situps, some weight lifting and even some stretching. a sharp mind and strong body can really make the difference to ones own PHRF rating and reduce one's down hill number on and off the water.

    what do you folks do to get ready or stay ready for the single handed races?

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    Checkout P90X its a great 90 day workout, tough. Goggle it. It's put out by Beach Body. And as you said Cycling.
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    Oh good, Phil answered. I was afraid this post would land with a dull "thud," as would a post about developing the social skills of singlehanders . . .

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobJ View Post
    Oh good, Phil answered. I was afraid this post would land with a dull "thud," as would a post about developing the social skills of singlehanders . . .

    P90X is a good workout. It just requires self-discipline, you have to make yourself go to the gym and DO it.

    Another route is Crossfit. In that, you buy a membership and then go to scheduled workouts. The schedule is the motivational trick. Seriously, it's not WHAT you do, that is the challenge for the overwhelming majority of people. You don't have to have the perfect physical development program. It's making yourself do SOMETHING, on a regular basis...THAT is the real challenge.

    Anything you do is helpful, the issue will almost certainly be motivation and consistency, so "know thyself" and take steps to make sure you DO it. Personally, I'm not sailing a lot right now but I'm participating in the Scottish Highland Games and what I do is log my workouts online, in two places where the other hardcore athletes will see it. If I skip out for a week, everybody knows. That provides accountability..... Works for me..

    I train with an athlete who is a very good thrower, but who has NO personal motivation. She's incapable of making herself go to the gym or throw if I'm not there to show up with the gear. She's finally come to understand that about herself, and so last season she signed up with a personal trainer, who kicked her butt. She's learned that unless she's got hard-earned money on the line....if she doesn't show up, she still pays the trainer for the hour..... and also if someone else isn't providing the discipline, she will not do the work. I'm a lucky dude, I don't have that problem - wanting to improve my throwing provides enough motivation. Logging online provides accountability.

    Know yourself, and then do what you need to do to get in there and do the work.....and it really, really, REALLY helps if it's fun. If you HATE lifting weights, then for Gods sake don't go to the gym to lift weights. If you HATE running, then....*duh*. Do something you like.

    When I was teaching at the College of San Mateo, I signed up for swimming classes. When I ran out of the times that I could take the same swimming class, I signed up to take the water polo class. It was a CLASS. It met at a scheduled TIME. It was FUN......so I did it. For almost three years I did it, because that sort of enforced schedule -> discipline works for me. It's not that swimming is such a dynamite workout, though it is in fact a great workout. It was just that I got my pathetic butt out to do SOMETHING.

    What do you have to do, to make yourself do SOMETHING?
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    Quote Originally Posted by AlanH View Post
    making yourself do SOMETHING, on a regular basis...
    simplified it a bit....

    I know when i'm in shape and i'm not and I don't notice it by getting tired and not being able to hand-trim the kite or something, but in my mental fatigue after a long race, be it a day race or a SHTP. other than checking out girls, gyms really bore me and i just can't make myself go. even riding your bike to work will help out immensely. 3-5 1 hour long strenuous bike rides a week will make a world of difference. and it's wayyyy more fun than driving!!!

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    Insanity, another Beach Body program is great.

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    You guys are doing "Beach Body" programs - hmmm. I take it my pencil-lifts and ten key workouts aren't cutting it.

    I'll have to look into this after April 15th.

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    Just so you know. insanity and P90X are done at home in front of the tv with very litte equipment. In front of the tv, what could be better

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    Since this pulled Phil up, I can't resist.

    If all that fails exercise stuff fails, try chemo therapy. In addition to all the exotic chemicals, they really juice it up with steroids and since SSS hasn't started drug testing yet, it's a no brainer.:

    How's that for a thud, Bob?

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    Shhhhh Bill, NorCal ORC may hear you (re the drug testing)!

    I just read elsewhere that the average age of new sailboat buyers is up to 56.1. Somehow that statistic along with your chemo comment makes this Beach Body thing sound a bit . . . off.

    I wonder if I can mount a Hoyt jib boom on my J/92 and start racing in the JAM division?

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