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BodySpace Physique Of The Month: stachedwalker
For a couple of years now on BodySpace, the fitness community on Bodybuilding.com, you will very often come across a profile photo of a guy with a great big mustache and also a race number across his chest. That big mustache belongs to "stachedwalker" and it all makes sense when you find out that "stachedwalker" is Richard Greene, an avid Racewalker!
And as I learned today, Racewalking is not just going out and walking as fast as you can on some course or track. It is a long distance Olympic event where one foot must be in contact with the ground at all times and the resulting reduced stride making the Racewalker keep up the cadence of an Olympic 400 meter runner. That will get your heart rate up!
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Racewalking Is Not Just Going Out And Walking
As Fast As You Can On Some Course Or Track.
Richard discovered Racewalking about 10 years ago when he joined in to do a walk for a cancer fund raising event. He has now done 20 events around the country from half-marathons to marathons and even a 132 mile team Racewalk that took 33 hours to complete.
Training does not include only walking fast but Richard says that you even have to learn how to eat and drink without stopping and losing your pace. Along the route you are also given "glucose shots" to drink so your body does not get depleted at that tremendous pace. And he says that the foot-strike in the special walking shoes after some distance is the equivalent of doing thousands and thousands of calf raises. On his early training walks and races he learned that painfully.
But stachedwalker's health and fitness goals are not just Racewalk directed. For Richard it is also about being fit, staying healthy and building strength. His unusual working hours as a technical marketing engineer at Intel in Portland Oregon, teamed up with people around the world, puts him in the gym sometimes late at night.
In the gym he does work with weights to build muscle which is also supportive of joints and ligaments for the Racewalking and, Richard says, important as you get older. The weightlifting is also combined with walks on the treadmill at Racewalk speed for typically an hour or more. Weekends bring in actual training on the streets, up hills and preferably routes to simulate what he might be facing in upcoming meets. He has a goal this year of getting his speed up to a 2 1/2 hour half-marathon.
A Racewalker is unusual on BodySpace, but of course what is not unusual on BodySpace is why Richard is a member there. He found BodySpace as a customer buying his supplements from Bodybuilding.com and seeing BodySpace he was impressed with so many people just interested in health and fitness like himself. Now, when he starts thinking that something might be too hard to do, he can check in with another member who has overcome so many real obstacles to meet their goals, or with other people a little closer to his age of 52 or more to see what great changes they have made in their lives. Like stachedwalker says, there is a lot of motivation there when you need it!
Something else about Richard, he is just one of those active lifestyle kind of guys. At work, he gets out and walks a route around the Intel facilities and often at speed. He is an enthusiastic photographer of landscapes and places he visits and traveling and visiting and getting outdoors for an occasional hike fit right in there for him. Sedentary is not what Richard is about.
Go on over and see what Richard is up to lately and say Hi. You can find him on BodySpace as "stachedwalker".
But if you get to visit him in person, just be careful if he suggests that maybe you should go out for a little walk. Carb up, you are going to need it!
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