How to gain 5 pounds over a weekend.

I would not reccommend this to anyone but I want to tell you a story of how I gained 5 pounds over a 72 hour time frame.

I left with my skiing buddies friday at 11am for the Noquomonen cross country ski race in Marquette Michigan.  It’s an incrediblely difficult race that starts in Ishpeming Michigan and goes through some incredible hilly terrain the first half of the race and finsihes all downhill right on the Northern Michigan university Superior Dome where they play football.

It’s an incredible race and is so difficult to do but very rewarding when you are doing it and especially when you are done and exhausted.

23 years ago. Funny photo.

You may be thinking how can you gain 5 pounds after doing a 31 mile cross country ski race with head walls for hills while burning 7000 calories during the race?

When you do a long endurance even it not uncommon to lose weight initially after the race.  But most of us really hydrate and probably over eat before the race to feel our energy stores so we have enought to go full throttle during the race and hopefully not bonk or cramp up.

Doing this race is incredibly stressful on your body.  You are really spent and extremly tired after.  You need to hydrate and put food in your body big time after the race.

Your adrenal glands produce cortisol  which is a stress hormone and during a race like that it’s working hard.  To much cortisol release and your body will store fat.  That’s why people who are under a lot of physical or emotional stress have a tendency to gain weight.

The good news is after a few more days I’ll be back down as I let my body and mind recover from the race and will probably be a pound or two lighter by end of the week or the next race which is the Badger State games in Wausau this weekend.

I only do 4 or 5 races a year in the winter if we have enough snow and a handful of 5 k running races in the spring and summer.  I only want to have about 10 weeks out of the year where i lay it all on the line.  Now I spend the other 40 weeks a year training and preparing my body and mind to be in race shape.  The training period is hard work but it’s also the process that is a personal growth time for me and I love it.  The races are the icing on the cake and kind of a celebration of why one trains.

Start with getting your body moving and start getting your own personal training going.  Hire my buddy Mike Colaizy at the wild river fitness if you need some structure in your training, get a group of friends and go out and do your favorite activity, or get out and do it on your own.  The big thing is to have fun and be consistant in your workouts.  Add great nutrition and watch your life take off.  If you do a 5 k running race from time to time you need to make sure you train during the week.  You can’t eat like a king during the week for a 5 k.  You can do that on a cup of coffee.

OK,  don’t forget about tonight’s thyroid workshop 6:30 pm at my lcinic.  If you or a loved one has thyroid issues and not getting help then this would be a great class.  It’s free and always some great info.  There is hope!!

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