World's Toughest Mudder Training Progress
Well, Phase 1 of my World's Toughest Mudder training is in the books. Phase 1 was a great success, in my opinion as I accomplished exactly what I wanted to over the past 4 weeks. I saw some great strength gains, increased my muscle mass, and maybe most importantly, gained some weight as well (+8lbs).
The next 2 phases are going to be pretty taxing on my body, so I wanted to make sure that my muscles, tendons, and ligaments are all as strong as they can be before I push them through their paces with my performance training.
I like to refer to muscles right now as "big, slow, and dumb". Nothing against big, strong, muscular guys (and girls), but the size of your muscle(s) has virtually no direct correlation to how well it can perform. In fact, when training for an event like WTM, and running for hours upon hours, you don't want to be carrying around any more weight than what is absolutely necessary.
So why exactly did I want to try and gain weight during my very first phase of training?
I have a hard enough time keeping weight and/or muscle mass on my frame as it is. I consider myself to be a "hardgainer", so by improving my athletic performance, and running as much as I will be in the coming weeks/months, I need to start off high as my weight will no doubt drop, regardless of how hard I try to keep my weight up.
Secondly, by increasing my muscular size now, my muscles then have a greater propensity to become stronger and perform better. I have made my muscles and connective tissues strong, I will now spend the next couple of months transitioning them from being not only strong, but resilient, athletic, and able to endure longer periods of work (i.e. endurance).
I am enjoying my transition week now, as I improve my coordination, balance, and core strength, then I can work on making my body as dynamic as possible...stay tuned for more!