Habits vs. Mistakes

Habit Is a routine of behavior that is repeated regularly and tends to occur unconsciously Mistake Is an action or judgment that is misguided or wrong   Habits that are not productive or “bad” need to be identified and corrected. When you are trying to make useful, long-term improvements, focus on habits. Mistakes on the […]

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Learning from successful outcomes

You had a bad race or one that did not meet expectations. It’s easy in that scenario to “learn” from it. It’s almost a default response…..”It wasn’t the race I was aiming for but I learned X.Y,Z” When we have success it’s as important to learn from the experience. Focus on the things you did […]

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Sleep

Need to recover? Sleep Feeling sick? Sleep Injured? Sleep Need a coffee in the middle of the day? Sleep for 15 minutes instead Feeling like you can’t get up for an afternoon workout? Sleep for 15 minutes before the workout Sleep is the single greatest recovery tool we have. Even 15 minutes of it can […]

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Do the dishes like a boss

Doing the dishes is a pain in the ass. It’s hard to find anyone who doesn’t find it a pain in the ass. But here’s the thing- doing the dishes well can make you more awesome at other things. Discipline Doing the dishes requires discipline. It’s not easy to get all fired up and motivated […]

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Connecting the dots

There are people who can connect the dots and people who cannot connect the dots. Let’s say you have a goal- your goal is the last dot you have to connect. Where you are now is the first dot. And in between are a whole bunch of other dots that you must connect in order […]

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It’s going to hurt- accept that

Endurance racing hurts. It’s tough. It’s supposed to be. That’s what you signed up for. Accepting that and embracing that in the days leading into an event is a great mental weapon and in an odd way it can make you feel more calm. You can either be riddled with nerves and anxiety about what’s […]

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What if…..

What if I fail? What if I fall on my face? What if I can’t do it? What if I don’t make it? What if I make a fool of myself? What if I shit my pants? What if I hurt myself? What if I don’t live up to the expectations I have of myself? […]

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How to be mentally tough in races

The best and easiest way to be mentally tough when you race is to get through training that requires the same or even greater mental toughness. If you are someone who regularly pulls the plug in training when it gets hard or runs 45 minutes when the workout was an hour or does 25*100 when […]

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For the sake of it

When you do things for the sake of themselves you are able to realize their intrinsic value. You also win…

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Focus

The surest way to change nothing is to try changing everything at once. The surest way to become mediocre at something is to try being great at everything. Focus is important

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Race Brain

“Race Brain” is something I originally wrote for the B78 newsletter. Given that it’s race season and many people may be afflicted by this horrible psychological condition I thought it wise to post it here as well. Race brain is something that affects many people. Symptoms usually present themselves in the 2-3 week lead into […]

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Attitude….

Attitude is and always will be a choice. It seems almost cliche to say that and it’s slightly overused but it is the truth. The trouble is sometimes we become so wrapped up in the thoughts in our heads and the ideas around how a situation should be or shouldn’t be that our attitude about […]

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It’s ok to be disappointed

It’s ok to be disappointed if you have a race that did not meet certain expectations or go as planned. It’s ok because it means you care and caring is a good thing. However, disappointment that has a long lifespan eventually just becomes a state of feeling sorry for yourself and that’s lame. What disappointment […]

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Never judge a moment

Long racing means many individual moments. Never judge them. Observing them is ok- it keeps positive and negative out of the equation and allows you to see the situation for what it is and adjust accordingly or if necessary. The problem with judging a moment is that it can send you on an upward or […]

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The Rules

I am asked frequently about the rules surrounding bathroom etiquette during a triathlon. It’s an important question to consider both from a performance standpoint a moral standpoint and of course cool factor. It’s hard to know what to do in various situations so here is a list of rules by which you can govern your […]

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