The Year of the Dragon…Finding Her Way

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Welcome to 2012!

I survived…how ’bout y’all?

I hope everyone had a WONDERFUL holiday and is back to doing what they love with a vengeance.

The start of a new year is always a good time to reassess things….keep what works, change what doesn’t, and add in a lil’ something new to the mix.

One of may favorite things to change-up each year, is my mantra….

The start of a new year just seems like a great time for a new “go to” phrase to help carry you the distance when you need it most.

Kinnda like in the Chinese Calendar…except for motivation.

Fun Fact of the Day:

2012 is the year of the:

DRAGON…..just incase you were curious ūüôā

Well in MY calendar, 2012 is the year of

FINDING A WAY

When it seems too hard, too long, too hot ,too cold, too windy….that there’s not time, that fatigue is too great, or that the legs just won’t move another step….

That’s when it’s time to simply “FIND A WAY”.

It doesn’t have to pretty, set records, or establish new heights of performance.

Just digging deep and finding a way is a measure of success in and of itself.

I think this will carry over well throughout the 2012 racing season as I tackle the 70.3 distance a couple of times and evaluate my desire/ability to complete the full 140.6 in 2013 or 2014.

So how about you?

What changes did you make for 2012?

What worked so well in 2011 that you kept it around for another year?

It’s really good to be back with everyone!! I’ve missed y’all! ūüôā

Train Happy, My Friends!

Good Luck Racers!

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New Orleans 70.3 is Sunday so I want to send some good vibes to everyone out there double checking transition bags, picking up race packets and finally racking their bikes!

Almost 6-7+ months of hard work comes down to¬†this one day and I know everyone will put out a stellar performance. I am so proud of all of you. Y’all inspire me, each and every day,¬†to set higher goals, train hard to¬†reach them, and most importantly¬†remind me how to have fun doing so. I hope to race with all of you in 2012!

Now, I realize New Orleans isn’t Kona, but maybe, if we’re lucky,¬†we’ll get a few qualifiers ūüėČ !

 

Again…Best of Luck and

Race Happy, My Friends!

C Is For….

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cockiness ahem… CONFIDENCE

At some point being confident has become a bad thing. If you work hard and are reasonably comfortable in your abilities then you are seen as self-absorbed, boastful and even downright vain.

Why is it “ok” for moms and dads, husbands and wives, brothers and sisters,¬†coaches and training partners to tell us we have worked hard and are¬†more than ready¬†to meet the challenge that lies before us, but it’s NOT “ok” for us to speak these words to ourselves?

Society has a certain fondness for dictating what we should¬†and should not do¬†or say, but more often than not, society doesn’t have a clue.¬†

Society¬†isn’t swimming 7+ miles a week, cycling 70+ and running 30+, in addition to;¬†maintaining¬†a career¬†(my swim cap goes off to all y’all out there),¬†raising¬†children to be productive members of society,¬†and¬†creating a sense of¬†day-to-day¬†normalcy around the house. Society isn’t slapping vaseline and teet balm¬†on saddle sores so painful that merely sitting in a Lazy Boy should qualify as an endurance event, much less cranking out¬†45 miles with one. Society¬†doesn’t do 800 meter repeats, at puke pace,¬†in attempts to¬†shave milliseconds off¬†a 5k split. So you’ll have to excuse me, for¬†again thinking,¬†that society doesn’t¬†know jack.

Numerous studies continue to prove that regardless of the athletic endeavour, out of all the coping skills possessed, confidence has the greatest impact on performance. Those who are confident have the ability to be positive, motivated, intense, focused, and emotionally in control when needed. Confident athletes are not negative and uncertain in difficult situations and they are not overconfident in easy ones either. It is this confidence that allows competitors to seek out difficult or challenging situations and choose those as the ones they wish to pursue. Hmmm, does this sound like you? It should !!

As race season gets into full swing (1 day and counting, thank you) and transition bags are being packed, lets not forget to bring some of that ever important confidence along with us. Leave self-doubt, pessimism and negativity behind.

After all the hard work, hours of being miserable training,¬†IT IS 100%¬†OK to walk around transition or the pre-race staging area¬†and think to yourself, “I Sooo¬†Got This.” As a matter a fact, I highly recommend it. Just try it and see if the¬†end result isn’t far¬†better than spending 2 hours doubting your abilities and questioning your preparation.

Now realize folks,¬†“I Got This” means different things to you, to me, to the guy doing wind sprints, and to the girl racing in the smallest tri suit¬†bikini ever created. Perhaps its¬†finishing the race¬†and looking like a supermodel doing so, or establishing a new PR, or maybe¬†a top 3¬†age group finish,¬†or perhaps simply beating your spouse’s time¬†in the run because¬†he¬†had knee surgery 2 weeks ago and this¬†is a once in a lifetime¬†shot :-o. Whatever it means to you, it’s yours and yours alone. Just know, “you’ve got it” and don’t be afraid to say it (preferably to yourself).

Ok, so does all this confidence guarantee success? Does it solidify meeting each and every hope, dream, goal of finishing with great hair, a new PR, a spot on the podium, or kicking some husband ass? Should all those trophies and plaques, from those future races, be engraved with your name right now? Hell no! It still has to be earned. Every single long, painful, glorious stroke, pedal and step. But just know, stranger things have happened to those who believed in themselves and were confident in their abilities! 

Just take a look…

 

 

Run Happy, My Friends!

Go Confidently In The Direction Of Your Dreams -Henry David Thoreau