I’m about to argue why someone shouldn’t do the things that we do; that is extreme endurance events and training. I want to preface this by saying that I’m currently battling a virus, and the absolute last thing I feel like doing is going for a swim, bike or run. The article that got me thinking about this was written by Dr. Mercola.
I did some internet searching and found several articles/studies that made similar arguments that extreme endurance training is not only an inefficient way of training and exercising, but that it could be harmful.
When I got into this sport, the motivation was to be as healthy as I could be so that I would be able to live a long, active life with grandkids and hopefully great grandkids. At some point, the motivation became a little more selfish and I started wanting to perform well in races and win my age group etc.
These articles have me thinking, and I’m not sure how much of it has to do with the fact that I’m not feeling well. But there is a part of me that wants to reconsider what I do and what I’m planning on doing. I’m committed to doing my 140.6 this upcoming fall, but I’m wondering if it will be my first and only.
How do you justify your endurance training?