Exhale and Let Go
In July, Caleb and I spent a couple of days hiking in the glorious Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado, after attending StrongFirst’s Strong Endurance training in Denver. As part of the course we discussed training protocols and techniques to improve breath control, one of the simplest being to focus on the exhalation as a means of flushing out the carbon dioxide and waste products to make room for new oxygen to flow in on the inhale. We got a chance to put this into practice immediately following the seminar, as we took a quick hike from the Alpine Visitors Center up to an elevation of over 12,000 feet! At that altitude you can truly feel that no amount of gasping in for air will help – your only hope is to focus on exhaling fully so that you have the space for new oxygen as you breath in.