Wednesday, August 23, 2006

August 23, 2006 - Words of wisdom bestowed

No workout today - really trying hard to taper properly. This reinforced to me by a good friend of mine here at work.

Dave's a serious athlete, and he kicks some royal ass. I look up to him with regard to what he can do, and the experience he's had. And while he can whip me like nothing in any of the three sports, he's awfully modest about his skill and he always encourages me on. He still invites me for runs, rides and swims knowing that I'd hold him back.

He recently did the Timberman Half-iron, and placed very well.
Swim: 0:35:42 (0:29:45/mi pace)
T1: 0:02:18
Bike: 2:42:19 (20.7mph pace)
T2: 0:02:37
Run: 1:48:36 (8:18/mi pace)
Total: 5:11:31
Place: 52/221 (M35-39), 217/968 overall

At the sports clinic the night before the event, he spoke with Dick and Rick Hoyt about the sport and their experiences. He even met up with them in the swim portion, where Rick acknowledged Dave's greeting with a glance from the boat. Truly an inspiring and fulfilling weekend for Dave, which he summarized up in just a few words: trust, dedication, nutrition.

When it comes to training, be dedicated but smart. Stick with your plan as best you can, but realize that life happens and you may need to adjust. See these adjustments as good things, not things that prevent you from reaching your goal. Injuries or personal commitments that "take you away" may actually freshen you physically and mentally while doing what needs to be done.

Trust your training. Trust yourself more than your mind lets you. While your mind screams at you to stop, be rational - trust yourself to truly know the difference between fatigue, discomfort and pain. You'll go farther than you thought you could.

Trust your taper. While it feels like you're not doing anything, you are. You're storing up energy, letting muscles heal and rebuild, and letting your mind prepare. Trust in the fact that training 2-3 times a week for the last two weeks is better than training 5-6 times in those weeks. Leave something in the tank.

Eat. Eat well. And on race day, eat often. During Dave's 90km ride, he had 3/4L water, 1L sport drink, 5 gels, and two bars. And he ate before the swim, and he ate during the run. Eating during the event allows the body to pull more energy from what you've consumed and less from what you've stored. Once those energy stores in the body are depleted, you're as good as done.

While I've only got (less than) two weeks left, I'm trying to absorb all of this and prepare better than I have in the past. It's all great advice, but it's no good if you don't apply it.

Thanks to Dave, and to the Hoyts. Keep inspring me, please!

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