Monthly Archives: January 2015

VO2MAX TESTING May 2, 2015


JOEY ADAMS, Metabolic Specialist, is coming again to the studio of

Linda Freeman Fitness in Barre Town.

“I believe that we all have to make the most of our lives and in pursuit of our fitness goals.  By using metabolic assessments, Intelligent Fitness can help individuals make the most of their time by aligning their fitness goals with their unique physiology.  You bought the equipment, now it is time to dial in your training based upon YOU. You are more than a calculated training range or a pre-determined fitness calculation, it is time to dial in your training. Start today towards a new you!”

Miles of Smiles, Joey Adams, M.S.

 There are a few openings left for testing on May 2nd.  Choose RMR, VO2Max and/or Power (watts).  Each 90 minute session allows time for discussion, warm up and test.  If  interested, go to Joey’s website above to learn more.  There you will find a list of fees, instructions on how to prepare for your test and a video of the process for either treadmill or bike (bikes only on May 2nd – bring your own and Joey will provide all testing equipment).

To reserve a space please contact Linda Freeman:

  1. Contact me to schedule your time.
  2. Wait to hear from Joey about choosing your test and prepayment.
  3. Arrive for test as scheduled. Test. Receive preliminary results.
  4. Within about 2 weeks receive detailed data and information pertinent to your training.


January is a mass start to the year. We come from an extended season of peaks and valleys, stress and indulgence, a roller coaster of emotions and challenges from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day.

Then January slides into place at the start line for the next twelve months. It does not matter the year. It just so happens this year is 2015.

The gun goes off and we hit the course at full speed. Some share a level playing field, some are seeded at the start. It is irrelevant.

                                                                                                   Jeb Wallace-Brodeur / Staff Photo Skiers get off to a mass start to the annual Mad River Valley Ski Mountaineering Race that begins at Mad River Glen and ends at Sugarbush Resort.

Jeb Wallace-Brodeur / Staff Photo Skiers get off to a mass start to the annual Mad River Valley Ski Mountaineering Race that begins at Mad River Glen and ends at Sugarbush Resort.

Picture the mass start of the Birkebeiner cross-country ski race, the Vermont City Marathon, or the swim portion of the Kona Hawaii Ironman Triathlon. Bodies explode from the tape in a frenzy of motion. Shortly the field begins to sift down into leaders and followers and finally narrows into what will be the momentum and steady progress for most of the event. Until the finish. Then the return to chaos will determine winners and next best, shall we say losers?

Look at a calendar. Can’t you see it? January kicks off the new year with a jolt. We have goals to achieve, work to be made up, new clients, new projects, new expectations. And we want to do them all at once. We run on adrenaline until we empty the tank. We forget our vows to sleep well, fuel properly and attain/retain balance. We are stoked, but unrealistic.

Then our personal and professional frenzy settles by choice or necessity. We reach a zone of steady state, a zone in which we can continue to function through our days productively, not destructively. We are ready to pursue our long-distance event with the strength and staying power of endurance.

If we do so efficiently, we will be equipped to peak when necessary. We will be prepared to meet the challenges that inevitably come our way. Hopefully we will have the sense to recover well after each in order to meet the next with increased competence and composure rather than the equivalent of a weakened battery.

It is often said that sports provide a safe, controlled playing field for practicing life. Perhaps this is indeed so.

In slightly less than one week, January will close for another year. Have we settled into our pace? Have we remembered to breathe? Are we ready to move to the next phase, the next month, the next demand either self-imposed or made upon us? Yes?


Assume the risk as well as the lure of fresh powder. Photo: BTD

Assume the risk as well as the lure of fresh powder. Photo: BTD

Striving to reach a challenge may involve risk – risking to move beyond a comfort zone or to prioritize goals. Rational risk is a part of training. Think more – think new job, new relationship, new home, new baby, new sport, new  ______________ (fill in the blank).

Taking a risk can be a stupid and foolish thing to do. When faced with a decision to risk or not to risk, it is often helpful to apply the tried and true “risk v. reward” assessment. If the risk is manageable and the possible reward superior, it is worthy. If you look at worst-case-scenarios for each and either of them is unacceptable, better to pass.

The element of risk does more than add color to daily life. R-i-s-k is a four-letter word, to be sure, but so is g-o-o-d. Definitions of the word usually include chance and danger. The gray area seems to be if a risk involves uncertainty or probability with respect to negative consequences.

“To remove the element of risk is like playing cards with a stacked deck.” (Stephen Gillers, New York Times/OpEd, 11-23-1986).

When it comes to safety, risk is unacceptable, careless. With respect to life fitness, however, and athletic performance, risk is a good thing.

“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” (T.S.Eliot)

As you travel the path to wellness and winning performance, reaching beyond your current state of conditioning is imperative. You must have the dedication and courage to formulate goals and strive to meet them. Building muscular strength, for example, requires making gradual changes to the demand for work made upon the muscles by increasing weight, repetitions or complexity of moves. Running and racing involves pushing beyond limits with intervals or increased distances.

On the other hand, it is equally imperative to understand the process and to assess what types of stressors are appropriate, achievable and strengthening rather than destructive.

“Risk comes from not knowing what you’re doing.” (Warren Buffett)  It is easy to fall into this trap. Misplaced confidence can land you on your ear.

January is a time to regroup, reorganize and plan your training, competing and living calendar for 2015. Now is the time to consider stretching farther, reaching higher, and risking a bit of yourself mentally, emotionally and physically.

Let’s say you ride and run a little and have toyed with the idea of a sprint triathlon. Brilliant. You should do it. First you will assess your goal. (You will not try to qualify for the full Ironman Triathlon in Kona, Hawaii, but instead will find local races scheduled for next summer.) You will also check to see if there is a triathlon training group in your area and seek advice in print and on the internet. Then you need to address the third sport, swimming. It is often the piece of the tri pie that discourages newcomers. Instead, contact a nearby pool facility and inquire about using the pool to train, taking swim lessons to improve stroke efficiency and checking to see if there is a triathlon training program held at that facility. There just might be. You would not, as a non-swimmer, jump off a dock into 20 feet of water and expect to swim to the opposite shore. Seek guidance from an expert, learn about the technical elements of each sport that interests you, and to the best of your budget, purchase equipment that will help you in the process.

Dean Karnazes is known for his (apparently) super-human efforts to defy perceived limitations of the human body. It is Karnazes who has run daily marathons across the nation, completed ultra distance events and strangely challenging (risky) adventures from ice, snow and sub-zero temperatures to sand, heat and triple digit degrees, and lived to write and speak about it. An enthusiastic and genuinely caring individual, Karnazes squeezes the last drop out of physical, mental and emotional trials and shares liberally. “Any goal worth achieving involves an element of risk.” (Karnazes)

The risk of embarrassment or failure doesn’t count. Failing to achieve might be a possibility, but failure to try is a probability. Risk is not all negative. Like a good seasoning, add a pinch to your life and see how delicious it can be.

"worth the risk" BTD

“worth the risk” BTD