After the 2010 hunting season I took a little time off, from hunting, working out, and posting on the forum. Now I'm fully rested and back at it (except the hunting, until April).
I thought it might be a good time for us to look back at the 2010 season in terms of our physical performance, endurance and ability to avoid injury. We're all a year older but hopefully we're getting smarter. If we had physical issues during the past season, there is absolutely no reason to accept that we will have them again. Now is a great time to examine our physical state and make adjustments where needed. At the same time, this is a great place to share what went well and why, so that others may learn and draw inspiration. I'll go first, and hopefully the rest of you will join in.
First the bad news:
Like a rutting buck, when November rolls around I tend to lose my focus on everything else. My regular workout schedule goes to heck and I lose a lot of strength and conditioning. I had promised not to let that happen this year by performing brief, equipment free routines every day. Sadly I did not keep that up. I did get 1-2 good workouts in each week, but that is a poor way to maintain fitness.
Secondly, when the season is over I tend to collapse for a month and cannot find the motivation to train again. That happened again this year. I hunted my last day in early December and did not really get back on track with my workouts until early January.
Now the good news:
I stayed injury free and I did not lose as much strength and conditioning as I usually do! Given that I turned 39 during this season, I feel really good about those two points. While I did a better job with my diet, I really attribute this success to one new wrinkle in my training. When I am on my game, I workout 6 days a week. But as I age, I find that the lack of recovery places me at a risk for injury. Also I have come to the conclusion that core strength is the most underrated aspect of general fitness. So, I have now begun to limit every third training session to a core workout. I have found that this provides several benefits. First of all this provides a recovery period for my large muscles, energy systems and CNS. Secondly it allows me to seriously focus on core strength rather than relegating it to an afterthought in a workout session.
So because I altered my workout program a bit, I was able to endure the workload of a long season and avoid injury. I guess I cannot ask for much more.
Changes for 2011:
One certainty is that I will continue to use every third workout as a core session. I will also continue to look for ways to have nutritious, easy meals on hand so that I avoid committing fast food. And finally, I have to somehow find a realistic program that I can implement during my peak hunting time. Still working on that one.
And the rest of you?...