Quote for this month: "The only real conflict you will ever have in your life won't be with others, but with yourself." - Shannon L. Alder”
Here are my lessons learned this month, I learned that ….
- Just remember, BE NICE, an ugly personality, destroys a beautiful face. It shows up in the run, believe me! ￼
- Go where you're celebrated not where you're tolerated. Haters are a fact of life and not everyone is always going to be a fan of you or what you are doing, especially with an Ironman. That's just the way it is. At the end of the day, you are the one doing this! You’ve only got one shot at this so you gotta focus on you and do what makes YOU happy. So, have the audacity to go for it because no one else will have the audacity for you .. You have to do this for yourself.
- Consistency, do something each day. Your time, strength and endurance is improving.
- Don’t forget the simple things. Focus on the simplest tasks, adjustments.
- Consider order in the chaos of internal feelings.
- See myself on the course, each day. Think it through. Keep adjusting those thoughts, memorizing, visualizing; because how you're feeling and thinking, the strategy of moment and movement: this is the mindset which will get you through training and the day of the Ironman.
- Follow the plan... YOUR Plan! Know the Course. Listen to your body. Avoid overtraining. Schedule a “Rehearsal” Days and Pace yourself.
- Stay the course. Things don’t always turn out as planned or people don’t always come through. Focus on the Ironman Wisconsin and your training.
- There are no limits to what you can accomplish, accept the limits you place on your own thinking.
- Training is all about balance.
- Swimming 🏊 & Cycling 🚴...my fears slowly dissolve. I joined a master swim course. I try to never miss, swim at least 4 sessions, and chip away at technique and breathing. The only way to the Place beyond Fear is to do the thing you fear most. Swimming 🏊 and biking 🚴 are this place for me.
- Surrender, as I go.... this teaches me my best destiny. It is a daily mindset and practice.
- Setting daily goals, you can’t tiptoe around them. You must do what you set out to do. It's as simple as that.
- With training, you can't keep a low profile. You get out there, on the course and train.
- Training is one leap of faith after another. Keep doing, keep learning.
- Things come up, stay the course. Life keeps going while you train.
- As I get stronger and more in shape, there is a sharpness in mind, spirit and body. A new feeling of euphoria.
- Being an ironman is not being gifted, an ironman “in training” works hard, then succeeds on the purpose of the end goal, “running STRONG across the finish line.”
- I'm absolutely amazed at what my body is capable of doing. When I'm on... I love every part of training. Today is an on day....I have no doubt I could have done another massive session today, but it’s a rest day for me. My body seems to thrive on it.
- I see the finish. Part of training is to visualize actually doing the course, at the start, getting in the water, swimming, getting out of the water, transition, bike, transition, run and then crossing the finish line.
- Training has taught me to be proud of who I am and not ashamed of how someone else sees me. People will walk out, act like children, not talk to you, because of reasons never understood, but, stay the course, because sticking to the path because it’s doing the right thing will make me stronger on race day.
- Training for an Ironman is another reminder that there are only ever 6 degrees of separation between people. …C O M M U N I T Y • I've spent so much time this past year of Triathlon fixated on the end result (signing up for the right race, focusing on the image of getting to the finish, the PB, beating my time, beating another persons time). So much so, that I think I've lost sight of why I signed up for the Ironman sport to begin with. If I can take anything away from the last 36 hours it would be this: Triathlon isn't always about the victories or beating that person who just seems to get away from you. It's about the COMMUNITY. I read this incredible quote on the back of a Triathlon suit when walking through a bike shop waiting for bike repair, it said, "If Triathlon was easy, everyone would be doing it". That's exactly right. It takes a unique person to give this sport a shot. There are mental, emotional and physical tests we face, we can be described as different from others but similar amongst our own. We share stories, we provide each other support and encouragement and we show each other respect ✊. It might be offering coaching, sharing a similar tale, offering to provide company on a swim, bike or run, or just providing those words of comfort. That is what Triathlon is all about. It may be an individual sport, but it is a TEAM effort • • ❤️🏊🏼♀️🚴🏽♀️🏃🏽♀️
- Ride the course, at least once.
- 🏊Keep Balance! Training is not done in isolation. 🚴♀️Complement each other, nutrition, fitness. Not overloading. Is the way to go.
- 🏊♀️Be Consistent! The best way to improve swim technique and speed is get in the water more frequently. Swimming speed is 90% technique, 10% effort level in my experience and a higher frequency of getting in the pool helps the body learn that. 3-4x a week at 2500-3000 workouts are normal.
- 🏊♀️Good stroke mechanics is huge and keeping the technique the entire 2.4 miles is key. Swim 3+ days a week Intervals.
- 🏊♀️ Pull with paddles helps stroke technique and upper body strength.
- 🏃🏻♀️Cover the distance as quickly as possible. Prevent injury.
- 🏊♀️Be adaptable within races in difference courses, climates. Personally in life, life circumstances change.
- 🏃🏻♀️Don't forget to Recover! Recovery is most overlooked. And mostly learn this month. Between sessions from week to week. Taking rest and recovery must be the top priority. It is important to get through sessions, hit benchmarks and recover for the next session.
That is all...
Stats to date are...
1108 total miles to date swim, bike, run/race walk.
257 miles run/race walk
726 miles bike
115 miles or 182400 yards swim
Added goal, beat mileage for month from last year. I didn't quite make the goal for April, 480 in 2017 and 542 in 2016.
2017 Goals! Swim ✔️36800 yards (MADE IT this ones done), Bike 4600 mi (726 mi), Run 2017 mi (257 mi). First #IMWI2017! Train wisely, and injury free. Keep swimming, cycling and running.