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jstack 51 ( +1 | -1 )
chess and athletics I was wondering how many athletes there are on gameknot. By athlete I mean someone who competes in some physical sport on a regular basis. Of particular interest are those who compete in OTB chess in addition to competing in a physical sport. I have started training for a triathlon and all of a sudden my chess studying hours went way down. Its not that I don't have the time. I just don't have the energy/motivation after I work out to study chess. Any advice chess player/athletes can give me would be appreciated.
thalagor 57 ( +1 | -1 )
I compete in squash, and train badminton, squash and go out running on a regular basis, as well. I also compete in most local chess tourneys, giving me a total of chesstraining 3 days / week and 2-3 days / week chess tourneys. And I have fitness training, or practice some sports, at least once a day (quite often twice or even thrice a day).
My tip you is to try to train up your endurance (correct english word?), as when you get fitter (correct word? from fitness...) you'll be able to concentrate better when studying chess/playing otb tourneys.
spurtus 71 ( +1 | -1 )
Marathon I'm doing a marathon in 10 weeks time, I go over in my mind the current games I'm playing whilst jogging for long hours, this helps the running as it takes my mind off the mind boggling distance... but dont know if it helps my chess much as I'm always too tired as I'm presently putting vastly more energy into fitness over my chess.

With the correct BALANCE of mind sport & body sport you can enhance your abilities in both, as the mind and body are symbiotic... generally I find exercise is under-rated, so go and do a marathon and see the results in your chess!

I'm attending an OTB tourney this weekend I plan to run 8 miles between games!...

jstack 4 ( +1 | -1 )
Thanks for the encouragement... I guess I just need to get my fitness up.
oblique 110 ( +1 | -1 )
i run i run quite a bit. i'm a pretty serious 5k and 10k runner, though i've done the occasional half marathon and ONE marathon (big sur). i find sometimes when running you reach a state of euphoria. i don't know if this is the same as the "second wind" or if some kind of natural chemicals released during some stage of workout cause this. during this time, everything seems easy and i think i am seeing easily winning continuations in all my games (on another site, i just started here), but when i check them in a proper state of mind they are either the typical continuations i was alrady thinking about.. or just plain unsound.

that wasn't really related to ur question though since it's just a particular phenomenon that cardio-vascular workout types of people get a lot and it doesn't just affect chess. it makes me think a lot of things in life are peachy and way easier than they really are.

as for a relationship, i don't know if there is one becaues i've been running since i was a toddler and playing chess just as long. i've always enjoyed both.
roland_l 16 ( +1 | -1 )
nutrition and rest ... I'm a powerlifter, and find that if I slack on my vitamin/nutritional intake and/or REST that its much harder for me to focus on chess and other kinds of study.

thumper 18 ( +1 | -1 )
Increased blood flow.... oxygen to the brain helps you think more clearly. Having a fit body is a great advantage during any mental or physical challenge.
I race dirtbikes to train for chess. ;-)
ccmcacollister 159 ( +1 | -1 )
JSTACK (howdy :) Long time since my athletics But I do have a thought and a tip. The thought being; training for triathlon you must already have good drive & persistance at your disposal. IF you still want to remain serious about your Chess too, I think you just need to apply it to that as well. Perhaps by adopting a frame of mind to only allow yourself triathlon training (fun?!) if & after youve done your Chess ("work"!?). So your Fun becomes your reward for doing your Work !? Maybe its a mental stretch ? ... but does seem to be a matter of applying the same discipline if each remain active pursuits. Anyway, I do well "bribing" myself so that'd be my approach; trying to see at least One of them as "Fun" ;-)
As for getting more energized & mental after physical workout ... my remedy was to finish off the shower with 10 min.s of hot & cold water, alternating every couple minutes & using a nice hard stream, ending with cold. Also, adding a glucose tablet helps much, since the brain metabolizes glucose/dextrose directly without change, unlike table sugar(Sucrose).
Regards, Craig
[I've heard that some Fructose before a physical workout can help if you are dragging that day, but havent tried it. Be aware Xanthines are intramuscular, as well as mental stimulants; so I'd watch the intake of Caffeine to avoid ending up on a roller-coaster ride. Theophyllyn or Theobromine may be in cold remedies. Perhaps they warn you of this. I'd imagine those may be regulated or banned for some sports ?! Good Luck & Skill on the Triathlon ! ]