I want to finish 2017 on a high note, and to do that I need some extra motivation. So I’m issuing a challenge for myself and for you:
Complete 15 hours of training from Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.
We’re going to keep this really simple: there are no rules. Any activity counts, so if you want to ride a bicycle for 15 hours, go for it. If you want to mix it up and do eight hours of running and seven hours in the gym, that’ll work. Skiing or snowshoeing during your winter holiday? That counts, too.
Why 15 Hours?
Consistency and variety are why this challenge is based around time and not mileage or calories. For one thing, athletes working with CTS and reading this blog participate in a wide range of sports. This isn’t going out to just cyclists, or triathletes, or ultrarunners. And along with the variety of sports, many of you incorporate more than one type of exercise into your active lifestyle. As I’ve written about before, generalized fitness becomes increasingly important as we get older and actually helps older athletes improve sport-specific performance.
What Do You Get?
There is no physical prize, virtual badge, or contest. There’s no need to prove to me you completed the challenge, although I’d love to see images/updates on social media tagged #GettingMy15Hours. This challenge is all about intrinsic motivation. You’re doing this for you, just like I’m doing it because the process of training makes me feel good.
How I’m Going to Get My 15 Hours
I can tell you I’m not going to spend 15 hours on my bike between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. Not only is it going to be cold in Colorado Springs this week, but I’m also coaching at a camp the first week of January and need to be well rested going into it. So, to get my 15 hours of exercise I’m planning on riding eight hours, hiking five hours, and using the remaining two hours for strength training sessions.
CTS Feats of Strength Update
Part of the two hours I plan on devoting to strength training includes time doing Low Planks. As you might remember, the CTS 2017 Feats of Strength contest is a nationwide competition for CTS Coaches and Staff, and the winning CTS Training Center will be the one with the highest per capita time spent holding the Low Plank position. Because the Feats of Strength Rules Committee decided planking time only counts during business hours on days our offices are open, there are only two more days (December 27 and 28) I can add to my official tally.
With only two days left in the contest, CTS Brevard is leading with 955 total minutes from 11 coaches, or 86.8 minutes-per-person. Yes, I recognize this technically means nearly 87 minutes of time per person spent planking instead of working during business hours. As the CEO I’m okay with that because healthy challenges and competitions are part of the company’s culture, and my employees are stronger, more fit, and more prepared for their physically demanding jobs because of it.
For the record, I have recorded 87 minutes in plank position this month. That’s not too bad, but it pales in comparison to some of my coaches. Jason Koop is the individual leader with 202 minutes so far, and 12 coaches have recorded more than 100 minutes each!
From everyone at CTS, we wish you the best for the Holidays!
CEO and Head Coach of CTS