Originally Posted by Thor
I take great pride in being fit enough to do what I want when I want. I may not always be able to do it as fast as I want, but what I learned a long time back was that the experience and take away comes from the act of doing and not always in how fast you do it. Of course you also need the confidence to tempt failure, because it's always a possible outcome . . . but I try to look at it as I cannot lose as long as I get out there and have some fun and challenge myself in big ways.
OMG, I very much needed to hear this!
I have signed up for a very different event for me that's become a bigger, more scary very different event for me. On May 17th, I'll be at the American Zofingen (Mohonk Preserve, Spring Farm Trailhead, New Paltz, High Falls in NY). It's a duathlon with a hilly trail run and a hilly bike. There is a short course (5-29-5), a middle distance F-1 (5-29-5-29-5), and a long course (5-84-15). I'd heard of it, but never really considered it until my coach was all like, "You should come do this with us!" He loves tough courses, but I thought this event would really mix up my training, keep things fresh, get me out of my comfort zone, etc and I've signed up for the short course. My training's been pretty much the same (Vineman Full is on July 25) and I have somehow managed to not get out onto trails as I'd intended when I signed up for this thing. My coach *really* wants me to do the middle distance because he feels it will be more like a half-iron effort than the short course and "will be good" for me (and also he's geared my training plan toward the middle distance).
Am trying to be as positive as possible and lean toward a sense of humor and adventure about the whole thing rather than just plain freaking the eff out...but it's a thin line.
There is a useful race report here that includes things like course profile and elevation gain:
I also came across this helpful tidbit in the kids section of the spring 2015 USA Triathlon Magazine:
Train Your Brain
Sometimes when we face new challenges, it is easy to get discouraged when things get hard. You have to teach your brain what to do when you're having a hard time with a distance or skill. Say, "OK, brain, I know this is hard. But we've done things that were hard before, and after we worked on the them awhile, they got easier. Let's keep working hard until we get this.
I feel like I need all of the help I can get!
Have, as usual, been consistent in my training and I think things are going well even though it feels somewhat strange to be doing this volume this "early" in the season. If you're curious about what I've been up to...
you can catch my TrainerRoad profile here
or my Garmin Connect profile here
Have been swimming 2-3x per week, doing lots of quality work on the trainer (many 2-3 hour efforts), have recently gotten back outside on the bike (sprint du on April 19, long rides of 75 and 81+ miles), and my long runs are up to 15-16 miles. Have been keeping up with my PT exercises, but strength work could use some more dedication (1-2x per week when I'm good about it).
Have been lurking quite a bit, but I'll try to check in more often!