Back on 22nd August, Coach Ken (whilst bobbing around in the South Pacific heading towards Australia) ordered The World’s Fittest Book by Ross Edgley and had it delivered to me. Essential reading to explain much of what I’d be working on over the coming months.

Today, another book arrived, again courtesy of Coach Ken… The Art of Resilience by Ross Edgley.

The next book for you to read is being delivered tomorrow. It’s called The Art of Resilience, by Ross Edgley.

Some of it will be very familiar from the first book you read, some of it will piece all of this together.

The main concept now is “getting wintered”. Acclimatising.

Epictetus said ‘We must undergo a hard winter training and not rush into things for which we haven’t prepared.’

Your training at the moment is broken down in to mesocycles.

The overall training view for the next 11 months is the macrocycle.

GPP, General Physical Preparedness, is the first mesocycle. This is what you’re doing, walking, jogging, lifting weights, basic movements building muscle.

You’ll move on to more specific training around February. Losing weight is imperative to reduce the stress on your joints. You will keep doing weights, but your running is going to be the focus of your weights. Legs, back, core, all to increase the work capacity.

The next mesocycle is to get you to your peak performance in time for GNR24. This is the phase of longer distance walk/run/jog.

The last mesocycle is the transition one. You’ll be back getting wintered after GNR24 and back into GPP.

Coach Ken, 14th October 2023
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