|Mike Galoob - athletic jack of all trades|
I lost track of Mike for many years but thanks to the good side of facebook we've started to catch up. What's interesting is that in some non-insignificant ways our lives have paralleled each other
- he's married to a rather athletic woman (like me) and has a pair of young kids (girls - mine are boys). He's still climbing occasionally (but not nearly as much) but is more focused on racing/endurance sports, and is apparently pretty good at it.
He's been reading a posting some comments on here recently and yesterday sent me an email that had some great thoughts that bear passing on, stuff that seems so relevant that i'm surprised i hadn't really thought of it before:
I've (short-sightedly) always subconsciously assumed people interested in what i'm writing/pursuing would be in pretty good shape at optimum weight. I retrospect, this is a ridiculous assumption. And as Mike pointed out - one of the 'easiest' ways to get faster is to get down to fighting weight. According to Mike's personal experience (and some of his research), you can expect to gain about 2 seconds per mile of running speed per pound you drop. Even people in reasonably good shape might be carrying around an extra 10 lbs or so (Mike says he dropped about 20 pounds when he decided to start racing more seriously) - shed that and without any fitness gains you should find yourself 20 seconds per mile faster. And i gotta tell you, if you've been running regularly you'll recognize that 20 seconds per mile is a pretty significant gain in terms of speed. In fact, Mike's mention of this has made me decide to try to figure out where my own 'ideal weight' is - i don't think i've got much to lose, but I am certainly heavier now by about five pounds that i have been in the past (and as much as i'd like to think so, its probably all in those burgeoning calves of mine.
As for Mike, I'll be keeping an eye on what he's up to, and have decided to follow his training - there's a link on the right (around and around and around) for those interested. Thanks Mike!