Becky and I met for the first time about a year ago to discuss her interest in training. She is the Managing Director for ACT Theater here in Seattle (go see Romeo and Juliet this spring!), and as such, has a very busy schedule. However, she explained how important it was to her to start moving more regularly. It didn’t take much time for us to get on the same page once we realized we have many outdoor activities/interests in common, and Becky dove right in. I’ve been increasingly impressed with her commitment and drive to put her health and well-being first, especially with such a demanding career.
Becky has really been hitting her stride this winter, so I felt the time was right to reflect on her successes, and I reached out to her about participating in our Succeeding and Thriving blog series. Becky was already familiar with this blog and it didn’t take much convincing. When I sent the set of questions to her for review prior to meeting up, I was surprised to get a response in less than 24hrs. What I read humbled me as her trainer, and I now just want to get out of the way and let Becky take if from here.
Skiing is part of my identity. Wherever I am, mountains bring me a sense of familiarity and are a source of inspiration. I was placed in ski boots around the time I started walking. For a while, I participated in competitive freestyle skiing, and briefly competed and trained at the international level. Eventually, I decided I’d had enough of the competitive routine – the focus was always on the next competition and accumulating points. The rules of those competitions were rigid and seemed, to me, designed to stymie progression and fun. I started skiing more with my friends, improved further as a skier, and had infinitely more fun just skiing for skiing’s sake. While attending Western Washington University, motivated by access to the unique terrain and mountain culture local the to Mt. Baker region, I progressed into backcountry skiing. There was no going back.
Race season is upon us and it’s important for runners to vary their programs to maintain strength and reduce the likelihood of injury. Here are a few easy tips that any runner can implement regardless of their level of experience:
High-level athletes in all sports train in a cyclical and periodized manner. This means their training changes based on where they are in relation to their season/competition. When an athlete is furthest from their season/competition, they’ll typically train with less specificity (lower intensity and more generalized) in order to build a base-level of health and fitness. They then build on that base, by increasing specificity phase by phase, as their activity approaches. They train smart, and they get results.
We’ve got four new treadmills at ZŪM, and they offer some fun features to help you get the most of your workout and enjoy the process.
These treadmills have a smooth, powerful ride and offer 15% incline as well as 3% decline. They feature a touch screen interface.
The touch screen interface comes equipped with pre-programmed workouts, and the controls are intuitive and responsive if you want to run through your own program (simple up/down buttons for speed or incline). If you’re interested in tracking your metrics, just select your workout and get started,