Putting the Pieces Together

I haven’t posted a blog post about training or anything related to it for quite some time, basically because there hasn’t been much or any training other than a trail ride here or there. I have been to a doctor twice now to attend to my achilles/plantar issues and seems to be really helping (knock on wood) but since I don’t have a race in the immediate future, I am not allowed to run. This is so I can properly heal things and work on biomechanics.

I found out that I was not engaging my glutes, that they were being bypassed and supported fully by my hamstrings. I also found out that my plantar issues probably have nothing to do with my arch being flat on my left foot and the 1/2″ leg length discrepancy as its been that way since I was 13 years old and broke my femur. Having worn a lift in my left shoe for the past several months hasn’t helped and has actually probably made things worse.

First swim of Ironman Lake Placid Training-From yesterday

First swim of Ironman Lake Placid Training-From yesterday

Now I’m focusing on rebuilding my arch, strengthening my toes and firing my glutes. I have been attending various yoga classes and have really enjoyed going to them. I wen to hot yoga Tuesday which helped clear out some lingering soreness but man was I sore the next day! But it was in a completely, “oh thats a good sore” feeling.

Ironman Lake Placid is 156 days away with Ironman Raleigh 70.3 exactly 100 days away. I can’t believe that but my official training with my coach kicks off March 3. Its time to really get back into gear, start eating better, getting to bed earlier and becoming reacquainted with my tri bike and the pool.

In the midst of all of this health stuff, I am in the process of closing down my physical retail store so I can focus on sport event management opportunities. Its been tough owning a retail store but I have learn a lot in the process that I know will only benefit me in the future.

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Later today I am traveling to the panhandle to attend a 2 day conference so I can receive my USA Triathlon Race Director Certificate. I’m excited about this conference as there are only 20 of us and we are all tri-geeks talking about events!

I know by attending this conference, my fires for triathlon will be stoked which should really help propel me into my training. I’ve got a one-on-one coach for the first time who lives just 40 minutes south of me and who is also doing Ironman Raleigh 70.3 so I’m excited to see how he pushes and challenges me this season. I know its going to be tough but I’m looking forward to the challenge and getting back into race shape.

Sorry for such a rambling post but its kind of how life has been recently, just a bunch of little pieces here and there getting put together. I will be blogging much more often as training starts and I get more familiar with my new Wahoo Fitness Kickr! For now, I bid a do.

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Reducing Clutter in My Running and Triathlon Training and How You Can Too

I just read this brief and to the point article on Entrepreneur.com from James Clear titled “3 Time Management Tips That Will Improve Your Health and Productivity” and it sparked me to share it on my business’ Facebook page but to also write a post here about how I am going to apply these three easy tips to my training.

Clear’s first tip:

1. Eliminate half-work at all costs.

Half-work happens when we start on a new workout routine, way of eating, etc and never see it through as we jump part way in to a new way of doing something (different diets, workouts). I’m certainly going to apply this to my business life as social media and technology make it so incredibly easy for this to happen: Oh, someone just commented on a Facebook picture, I have to stop writing this email and comment back.

It happens a lot and can easily force your brain off-track resulting in you being less productive. I’m going to apply this principle to my training. I started with yoga last Friday as I wrote it into my training plan for The Donna 13.1 in February. I am treating my yoga session as if it were another bike or run session, something that is integral to my race success.

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2. Do the most important thing first.

Our brain power for focusing on a task is limited as we all eventually run out of battery juice. If you have a complicated workout or a new skill to learn, try to do it in the morning before your brain becomes cluttered with other to-do items, phone calls and meetings. I love to workout after a day’s work however my motivation can be somewhat lacking after putting in a full day so if I know I’m going to have one of those days, I schedule my workouts for the early morning.

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3. Reduce the scope, but stick to the schedule.

This one is so important to training especially for what I’m going to be doing with my Ironman Lake Placid training. Everyday, someone is posting about an event they are participating in or someone is texting you about the next 10k mud run coming up. I have been known to sign up last minute to have some fun but I’m going to have to stick to my guns when it comes to races this year.

I already have my 70.3 race, Raleigh June 1, scheduled as my big tune up before Lake Placid and have 1 to 2 olympics also scheduled in. There are a lot of races, triathlon, running, cycling, obstacle, trail, etc between now and then but I’m really going to have to ask myself how does this event fit in with my training, will it help or hinder my progress and does it make financial sense to participate.

By reducing my scope to specifically training for and racing Lake Placid and being a Team Rev3 member, other distractions are not going to make the list this year. I’ve got my schedule pretty well set through July now I need to execute it and not let other’s influence sway me.

The reduction of scope can certainly be applied to New Year’s Resolutions. While I didn’t set any specific goals, resolutions, intentions, etc. I have read many blog posts and some just have a ridiculous amount of items on them. Sure it may look great all written out but what is the end result and how will having 15 goals help you to reach that result? More than likely, you’ll become overwhelmed, exhausted, or distracted trying to accomplish all of these things rather than focusing in on 1-3 goals. Reduce the scope and your chances of succeeding exponentially grow.

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In summary, here’s what I’m doing to reduce the clutter in my training:

1. Focusing on the task at hand.

2. Working out early and setting time aside for the workout.

3. Sticking to my schedule and long term goals.

Christmas Day Running Outfit

Christmas Running Outfit

 

If my achilles/calves are up to running Christmas morning, I’m hoping to sneak in a quick run before we get to tearing unwrapping Christmas gifts, eating way too much and drinking too much.

I put together this fun Christmas morning run outfit for us warm-er runners where we don’t have to worry about snow and ice but whether or not it will be chilly enough to turn off the air conditioning and maybe even have a log burning in our barely used fireplaces.

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1. New Balance Boylston Long Sleeve Running Shirt-$59.99

This lightweight running shirt with reflection on both the front and back by New Balance is great for when you need a little more warmth but certainly don’t need a jacket or turtle neck. With thumb holes and a semi-fitted fit, you’ll be comfortable on your holiday run.

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2. Christmas Holiday Lady Runner Hat on Zazzle.com-$15.95

Let’s face it, reindeer antlers and Santa hats are cute but are certainly not made for running in. You may think it’ll be worth it but after the first 1/10th of a mile, you’ll be ready to ditch your holiday accessory in the first bush that comes along. Zazzle has several cute trucker hats with fun holiday prints on them. These hats are super lightweight, adjustable and just fun!

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3. CW-X Stabilyx 3/4 Tight-$90.00

CW-X includes support with their Support Web exoskeleton (the piping up and down the legs). This design feature is supposed to help with knee, lower back and leg support. The green piping of course makes it great for the holidays.

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4. Swiftwick Aspire Zero Socks in Red-$12.99

Swiftwick is based and made here in the United States and provides varying degrees of cushion, compression and moisture wicking properties in all of their socks. The Aspire line is a personal favorite as I wear them both to the store and on runs because they provide just the right amount of compression and cushion. The red is the perfect shade for Christmas and will be great for wearing during present time as well.

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5. Nike Free 5.0-$100.00

Nike Frees are popular for their natural, barefoot like feel and support. They are super flexible and are low profile plus they come in lots of colors! These running shoes also don’t have sewn overlays and boast a sock-like interior for easy on and off. 6.7 ounces and 8 mm drop.

If hats aren’t your thing, check out Sparkly Soul’s Red and Green no-slip headband!

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