I listen to podcasts a lot when I’m riding the indoor trainer. Riding indoors is VERY boring and listening to podcasts helps pass the time. I have a couple that I subscribe to, but one of my favorites is done by Ben Greenfield. Yesterday I listed to one with that discussed using your body’s temperature to burn fat. Not that I’m trying to burn fat, but some of what the guest speaker, Ray Cronise had to say was very interesting.
He also talked about taking ice baths (which I’ve done after long runs) and subjecting your body to cold temperatures during training (which I do lots this time of year). Even drinking ice water throughout the day can be beneficial. He’s a former Rocket Scientist for NASA, so he used lots of Thermodynamics terms that I hadn’t heard since Engineering School, but I found it all very fascinating.
In a nutshell, exposing the body to the cold increases a hormone secreted by fat cells that are responsible for fat burning. Your body will burn more fat trying to maintain it’s desired 98.6° F temperature.
So spend some time in the pool and lower that water temperature in the shower a few degrees!
2/4/11: Run – LT test (6.04 miles in 45:51). Test to find my Lactate Threshold HR – turns out it’s 167 bpm, down from 174 six weeks ago!
2/4/11: Swim – Easy recovery swim (960yd in 18:17)
2/6/11: Bike – Long ride at aerobic pace (41 miles in 2:01:59)
2/7/11: Run – Cadence Skills (5.40 miles in 40:01) – 7 x 30s high pace intervals with 2min between
1/24/11: Weights – Strength Superset Series