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Month: March, 2012

Keep Moving Forward

Photo of Julie Moss at Ironman Kona in 1982, undoubtedly one of the iconic moments in triathlon history. Here she is near the finish of one of the most grueling endurance events in the world. With a short lead, Julie could no longer run after swimming 2.4 miles, biking 112 miles and running 26 miles so she tried walking. Her legs buckled. So she tried to stand and walk again. Her legs buckled yet another time. So she did the only thing that she was able….she crawled to the finish line even after being passed at the very end! She showed amazing fortitude in the face of a struggle. Read Julie’s thoughts on that race here.

What is it that motivates you to keep moving forward?

USAT University

Learned a lot of things when I put my coaching hat on this past weekend at the USAT Level 1 Coaching Certification Clinic. It is interesting how a shift in perspective can really bring some training issues to light. Better yet, the Certification Clinic was in my back yard, Hollywood, Florida. I had been waiting months for this weekend.

Since I am currently the only athlete I coach, here are 3 things I took away:

  1. Really need to address strength issues and incorporate strength workouts into the annual training plan. A strong CORE gives you MORE…. balance, flexibility and power. These are THREE key ingredients to a solid TRI athlete.
  2. Who am I kidding??? I have ZERO swim skills. I have known this for years and I have not taken steps to address it. Haven’t had a single swim lesson in my life. I really need to develop my swimming skill set.
  3. Last but certainly not least… Recovery is a continual commitment and, deceivingly enough, comes in many guises! Be aware. Train smart.

How will I address these issues? Good question.

  • TRX Training to improve my strength, flexibility, and balance
  • Swim lessons to assess and then develop my swim skills (perhaps join a swim club)
  • Oh recovery! Manage: sleep hours and quality, RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation), active warm ups before workouts, proper cool-down, improve flexibility, and very importantly, stretch.
Some things I did well last year:
  • Surprisingly enough, daily nutrition might have actually been my biggest improvement. I managed a very balanced diet throughout the training season! Need to keep it up. Also managed proper race nutrition, especially, as my training and races got longer.
  • Excellent season of training! Stuck to the plan and hit my goals.

Also, learned that there is so much more to learn……and I certainly plan on continuing to expand my swim, bike, run experiences and knowledge! Thanks to Bob Seebohar, Shelly O’Brien and Dara Wittenberg for the informative classes and discussions! Much appreciated. Also thanks to Loryn Cozzi at USA Triathlon.

The General Prep phase of my 2012 season begins this week. Hello, Great Floridian!

Tea Time with Mr. Triathlon

Mr. Triathlon is a purely fictional, elite triathlete on Twitter. So this interview never actually happened. Only in my mind and transcribed here in this blog post. The tweets from Mr. Triathlon have come at various times. I follow Mr. Triathlon on Twitter and enjoy his thoughts on living life as a champion triathlete! Enjoy the look into the mind of a champion.

Mr. Triathlon how are you? Pleasure to meet you. What are you up to nowadays?

 

So, how has the IM training been going? Good?

 

I have been hearing rumors concerning you and the Mrs., is it true?

 

What will that mean for your training schedule?

 

Are you sure that is enough time for the Mrs. and the new Baby Cervelo? I heard you have a rocky relationship with your parents due to your ever growing participation in triathlon. They even told me you applied for a Kona lottery slot at 7 years old.

 

Mr. Triathlon, I know this is a hot topic so I want to make sure I get your thoughts on the matter. How do you feel about Lance Armstrong’s recent race in Panama?

 

What are you doing tonight? I know you have a tune-up race tomorrow. Do you have any pre-race rituals?

 

Any last piece of advice to the masses of fans out there?