2017 has been a great year thus far

Posted on November 6th, 2017 to Barefoot Training

This has been an awesomely hectic year for us here at Pedestal. 

Mike and I are together again here in Boston. My stint in NYC was great, but it is nice to be rooted in my homeland again.

There have been a lot of changes for me personally, which I am grateful for. More specifically, I’m down about 40lbs as a result of a few things I will highlight and share with you below. 

As you get older, nutrition becomes more and more critical. I believe it was someone from the Westside coaching staff, but he said it best with this little gem, “you can’t out train a shitty diet.” So about six months ago I decided to commit to intermittent fasting via the 16/8 method as explained below:

  • The 16/8 Method: Also called the Leangains protocol, it involves skipping breakfast and restricting your daily eating period to 8 hours, for example from 1 pm to 9 pm. Then you “fast” for 16 hours in between.

I’ve found this to be incredibly effective with little to no negative side effects on my work or training performance. Of course, on training days in which I’m going hard in the morning, I will supplement with coffee, protein powder, and fruit. 

In terms of my training, I joined the Michael J Fox Foundation as a member of Team Fox and embarked on endurance events that I otherwise never would have considered.

The first was a 50 mile run/hike called Rock the Ridge through the Mohonk Preserve in NY that took me about 16 hours in rain and near freezing temperatures. It was one of the worst things I have ever experienced but I’m stronger for it.

The second was a 100 mile bike ride called The Parkinson’s Ride that does a massive loop just south of Portland, ME. The bike ride was much more enjoyable and only took about 7.5 hours.

Leading up to both events, my training consisted of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu 3-4 times per week, a kettlebell or BJ Gaddour workout 2-3 times per week, and about 12-20 miles on the bike each day. 

The combination of steady state cardio via the bike rides, mobility and agility work via the BJJ, and more aggressive strength and conditioning via the kettlebells and BJ, helped me to feel really solid at 228lbs as seen below:

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