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kel

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Thank you! I already did this with yoga and in through the nose and out through the mouth breathing, I was always told not to breathe out through the nose unless doing specific cleansing exercises. So it's just another thing to try.

I definitely find I have a lot more control over the out breath through my mouth - long slow steady, through my nose it seems to expel a lot quicker and with much less control, not sure if that's a thing or if I just need to practice more.

I also noticed a reduction in lung capacity while running even really trying to deeply breathe in through my nose didn't open everything up as much as a big breath in through my mouth. Although I have become aware that I have a little lurgy which will have complicated / confused my observations too, nothing too horrible, just a bit of gunk, I feel okay, just a bit tired and definitely resting today.

I did notice when I went back to nose in / mouth out and mouth in / mouth out, I could boost my performance for short periods, like a power up! But it always drops back. Much more experimentation to be done!

Still no book... I have complained... to no avail, just got to wait until I can raise it with eBay, tomorrow I think. That seller is getting a very negative review, it's not cool lying like that.
 

EverythingsHazy

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I did notice when I went back to nose in / mouth out and mouth in / mouth out, I could boost my performance for short periods, like a power up! But it always drops back. Much more experimentation to be done!
That makes sense. Hyperventilation via mouth breathing can help temporarily boost performance ability, due to the expulsion of CO2, and the increase of adrenaline, however, consistently training one's body to be able to handle higher levels of CO2 (nasal breathing) should raise one's overall level of respiratory fitness.

A good way to think about it is like this:

If you want to reach something that's up high, you can increase how high you are able to jump off of the floor, start off standing on an elevated platform, or both. Hyperventilation is analogous to temporarily increasing your vertical jump max, and nasal breathing is analogous to raising the floor in your house.
 

CANtalk

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Who's out?

MTB end-of season is pretty much here... I'm a fair weather recreational MTB cyclist at my age and have already been on borrowed time with a great fall this year. If I'm lucky, there are maybe two rides left (only barely one in the forecast). I did get out again though for another ride recently, ~17 miles and I made sure to include the top two local hardcore trails. It was a beautiful day for weather, fall colors and I ran those hardcore trails clean (no mistakes)... all very memorable πŸš΅β€β™‚οΈ ✨🌠. And an excellent way to end the year.?.?. we'll see πŸ€”. I'll share a trail pic when uploading comes back πŸ‘.

I was pretty tired at the end of that MTB ride (again) and checked out my recent ride history, 5 ride in 10 days... yup, checks out :lol:. What a year :clap:! Been awesome. Get out, enjoy and have a great weekend.

:peace: :leaf:
 
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kel

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Sounds like you are having fun, that's great πŸ˜ƒ

Having a few days break here, the last run I went on it became obvious I was not lifting my right leg properly as I caught a stone with my toe and nearly went flying, only managed to save myself by throwing my weight around and the stresses that put on my body were intense. I got lucky, that could have ended badly, but as it turned out I was absolutely fine, testament to how resilient I am actually becoming, but... it made me realise that I need to rest properly. This is okay, it won't take long to heal properly and the winter season is coming :tup:

As it happens, some work came in so I am going to use the time to press on and get that done. We also had a little summery reprieve yesterday and managed a BBQ with the neighbours, sat outside around a fire till late drinking some nice beers and vaping some nice herb! Lovely!!
 

VapeEscapist

Medicine Buddha
My bike needs a new fork so I'm riding only out of necessity at the moment.

The threads where a screw seats to hold my brake in place is stripped apparently. So the brake pad drifted into the rotor and now it's rubbing constantly with no way to bring it back into place.

I'm pretty sure I'm paying for some ham handed mechanics work on my bike. They struggled to align the brake for a long time and ceratinly contributed to the problem. I'm pretty annoyed at the thought but I can't prove anything, so what's there to do? "You guys are the one's that ruined my (expensive) component, why the fuck am I paying for it?" Wouldn't accomplish anything but sow animosity, sigh.

Hopefully the part will arrive before next weekend....
 

CANtalk

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Hope you recover quickly @kel. Don't push it and get injured more. Been there, done that... actually, this year for the first time in a while I've avoided aggravating a typical core body strain injury.

Sucks to hear @VapeEscapist, hope you get it all fixed and sorted. A well functioning bike makes a huge difference. My Shimano XT (or equivalent spec) MTB gear has all been extremely reliable over the years (with regular service). Still, $%^# happens... I rode through contaminated front disc brake pads this year... aggressive stopping was a little too interesting for a while :rolleyes: :brow:. I found a good bike service shop, but frankly do a bunch of bike service work myself to save money and do it as well, if not better than them. Let us know how it goes.



It was a very nice day today here (warm and only a little wind)... so I dragged my ass off the couch and on the MTB again πŸš΅β€β™‚οΈ :clap:. It was an awesome ride. I did the same ~17 mile loop as my last post and I equaled my best ever run on the cardio killer trail (no rest, one bike walk). I didn't see that coming :ninja:. I ran the top two hardcore trails clean again too... and took it down a notch on the other parts of the ride to take in more of day/ride itself as well as the scenery πŸ‘. I later stopped to grab a few pics of the trails in beautiful fall colors as well πŸ‚πŸ‚.

From the weather forecast, this looks to be the last ride of the year for me as well :shrug:. I didn't want to curse myself by beginning an earlier countdown to the end of the season here, but I did see it coming for a while.

The ride brought more excellent memories :luv:... it was a nice day/way to end the year getting outside & on the MTB :nod:. And I kept my perfect record this year of never regretting getting out for a MTB ride. If you're healthy & ever regret getting outside for some exercise, wait for better weather :lol:.

Back at home, I set the vape to warm up and quickly had a cold refreshing shower. Then I vaped & enjoyed some Trainwreck strong sativa πŸ‘. First cannabis of the day too. Highly recommended :science:!

Hope everyone's weekend is going great :tup:. Who's all getting out recently or this weekend?

:peace: :leaf:
 
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vapirtoo

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Hey VapeEscapist,
Last time we hung out you showed me that repair with a bigger
bolt forced into the stripped threads.
Looked like something I would DIY in my garage.
Looked like it could of worked.
That whole fork/disc brake assembly is using
just two small bolts to stop the Hulk. LOL
Might need a beefier setup. IMHO
 

EverythingsHazy

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Back at home, I set the vape to warm up and quickly had a cold refreshing shower. Then I vaped & enjoyed some Trainwreck strong sativa πŸ‘. First cannabis of the day too. Highly recommended :science:!
A cold shower to refresh the body and clear up the mind right before a nice vaping session is such a nice combo. I find that the alertness induced by the cold water contrasts very nicely with the relaxation from the vapor, as the buzz starts to set in. It makes the mindset transition that much more enjoyable.
 

VapeEscapist

Medicine Buddha
Last time we hung out you showed me that repair with a bigger
bolt forced into the stripped threads.
Looked like something I would DIY in my garage.
Unfortunately, aluminum is not as easily repaired as steel and often when an aluminum component is worn, stripped, cracked, or broken, it's total trash. I change tubes and tires, change brake pads, and clean my drive train myself, and there's an alley with a hose I can use, but I have mostly relied on my shop for everything else. Also as you likely know, if you want to do it right there's a fair amount of specialized tools, like a chain whip, and wheel truing rig, which are expensive and require storage space, and then there's the mess of dealing with hydraulic brakes, and the learning curve for adjusting my derailleurs. It's just so much simpler for me to leave it up to my shop...

I have a sneaky suspicion that they were trying to realign the brake assembly when they should have been trying to adjust the caliper or tried seating the brake pads better. I'm going to beg them to be gentle when adjusting the alignment on the new fork rather than trying to jam it as far to one side as possible, then they were over tightening the screw which wasn't meant to be used that way.
 

kel

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Back out running again today, couldn't 'rest' any longer.

Decided that I am going to ease off on the nasal breathing while running, it's good, I will definitely switch to it at certain points in every run, but it's actually not helpful in terms of the breath control of posture, balance and especially reacting to unexpected events; being able to move a lot of air fast is important in terms of being able to control my body.

I knew this anyway, but restricting airflow absolutely does restrict my ability to react quickly in the event of a sudden loss of balance, whereas an explosion of air through my mouth can make the difference between me ending up flat on my face or not, it really helps, that same involuntary reaction through my nose does not afford the same response.

It's hard to explain I guess. Erm...

Imagine being kicked in the stomach and only being able to get that 'OOFGH' breath out through your nose? Not easy right? Same thing!
 

His_Highness

In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king
How do you track yourself for over-training? I'm not talking about over training a specific muscle group...I'm talking about over-training the entire unit (mind and body) to the extent that it affects your overall well being.

There are three symptoms I keep an eye out for.....

Beats Per Minute: Over the years I have noticed that my resting heart rate (beats per minute) creeps up by 5 or more points consistently over a period of days. Increased blood pressure is another look out point but my watch only does BPM and resting heart-rate so I tend to key off them.

Sleeping: Sleep is less restful when I've over trained. Sleeping the night of a good run is always deeper, refreshing and almost cocoon like unless I've reached the point of over training in which case I don't wake up refreshed.

Attitude: Over training causes irritability.

If only one symptom is present I just keep on keeping on. If I experience all three I take a break for a couple days until the symptoms subside or until my family tells me I'm no longer being an asshole.
 

kel

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How do you track yourself for over-training? I'm not talking about over training a specific muscle group...I'm talking about over-training the entire unit (mind and body) to the extent that it affects your overall well being.

There are three symptoms I keep an eye out for.....

Beats Per Minute: Over the years I have noticed that my resting heart rate (beats per minute) creeps up by 5 or more points consistently over a period of days. Increased blood pressure is another look out point but my watch only does BPM and resting heart-rate so I tend to key off them.

Sleeping: Sleep is less restful when I've over trained. Sleeping the night of a good run is always deeper, refreshing and almost cocoon like unless I've reached the point of over training in which case I don't wake up refreshed.

Attitude: Over training causes irritability.

If only one symptom is present I just keep on keeping on. If I experience all three I take a break for a couple days until the symptoms subside or until my family tells me I'm no longer being an asshole.

Wow!

I never even thought about it, but I was nodding to every paragraph!! I want to up this post so much!!!

Proud Of You Reaction GIF


Oh and my no. 1 overtraining alarm bell is injury, I just take a beating every time I run over the moors, it IS hard.... but at some point my body will be hurt too much and that's what stops me, for a little while!
 

CANtalk

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Arrrgh, I had a great reply to @His_Highness and @kel on the overtraining topic as just mentioned above, plus more and lost it being :science: earlier. Fawk, it was big and I'll try to get to it all here eventually.

Cool on that Red Bull Rampage video! Crazy Canadians :nod:. It's really wild and going to get a lot of views (>400K in the first 8 hours)... imo it tops the MTB scene & is a preeminent extreme sport event :clap:.

Here's moar crazy MTB gone wrong content ☠️.

Someone commented on that video saying "Whole lotta meat crayons in the footage today". It's like a car crash video to me, but I watch it to remind myself of balancing risk vs reward in my own riding. It's been a good year for me on the MTB this season... only ~3 crashesπŸ‘:rolleyes:. Serious too, as I had something like 6-7 crashes the year before :evil::razz: (and an ugly one the year before that).

Here's my crashes this season for the morbidly curious, like me :lol:. I had half a crash for the first of the year... walked out of a crash in small rock garden clipped in. It was an aborted ejection... going slowly rolling forward and to the right. It happened in a small section but more technical and unforgiving than I obviously gave it credit for... that was because it's among a number of challenging sections in the most challenging 'technical' trail I have within 30 miles. And it's also the second most challenging local trail for cardio. It's my fave MTB trail, fun in both directions (for a change... and a very different rideπŸ‘). I rode it ~70 times this year.

Next crash was the first full crash of the year... I ran a little wide into a swim move with the bars on a trail, transitioning a tree trunk in combination with a lower speed 120 degree turn on moderately steep side slope, and caught the front tire of a small root obstruction on the edge of the trail which stopped me in my tracks. I ended up falling to the side, bailing from clips but down an ugly steep slope. As that happened, I was able to use/aim-for a willow type tree to break my fall. Ended up OK overall. I MTB rode this whole trail a lot this year... ~70 times (in both directions, which is a very different ride from the other πŸ‘). It's a great challenging trail with excellent pace and rhythm (when one is in good shape).

Next crash was transitioning a small lip along the Y of another part on that trail at moderate speed... the front end lowsided and it turned out I had let my front tire pressures creep up a little too high in a quest to maximize low rolling resistance and lost grip (see next crash). I got a bit of road rash on my leg from hitting the dirt/gravel transition and the subsequent sudden stop... first time in a while.

The next was a "half" crash and it confirmed the high front tire pressure issue from a few days later. I nearly lost the front in another spot on another trail, where it should have been fine and in what would have been ugly. It was awesome to recover, but the bars snapped back so hard it literally hurt for a while. After adjusting my front tire pressure down a couple PSI, the front end traction has been perfect again... for a few months now and with lots of mileage, as it should be. "Perfect". So, that's ~3 crashes this year in total, or two full-on ones.



On a positive note, this was the first year I had on the MTB without a muscle strain in long time! Maybe a decade, serious. Showing my age. It was awesome, but it was also my first year of significant over-training... and that slowed me down.

Still, I ended up approaching 1500 miles this year on the MTB :luv:, and in just over 5 months of trail riding πŸš΅β€β™‚οΈ. It was awesome again and a personal high mark. Plus, as mentioned before, I got in better shape & became a better rider too πŸ‘. I never regretted a single ride this year, so get out for a trip or some exercise if you can 🌠!

I haven't been out since last weekend when the weather turned more seasonal and much cooler. The MTB πŸš΅β€β™‚οΈ and outdoor exercise season is pretty much over here 4 me. Pretty much, because the forecast shows one possibly warm enough day coming, well above normal. We'll see πŸ™ and after that, it looks done.

EDITED: Vaped... sorry for any grammar/repetition issues.

Have a great Friday night and TGIF!

:peace: :leaf:
 
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kel

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What a beautiful day...

Rain, so lots of mud and puddles!! Then sunshine - I mean does it get any better - rain AND sunshine AND mud AND feeling fit and strong enough to run - wow!

I feel blessed...

Then... having a really good run, no pain as such, just little bits tickling away which is absolutely fine... and then...

Just as I was right up on the tops happily splashing through some muddy bogs - there's only the fattest rainbow ever on the horizon!!!

It's just not fair... why do I get all the good stuff??? What did I do to deserve this???

Glorious πŸ˜ƒ

I saw two people, an older lady out for her walk (in full camo?) and a guy trying to ride a trail bike over the tops haha - filthy smelly beast - but I almost stopped to watch him because where he was heading he would have ended up in bog for sure! I didn't though, figured he knew what he was doing hehe I got a nod and a smile as he passed :tup:
 
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