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.

Lucys Schedule

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.

Three Weeks to Health and Strength

Back from the doctors and the news isn’t awful, it definitely could always be worse. They took x-rays (I always like to see these and check them out!) and everything came back clean. Phew!

I was told I have severe tendinitis. I knew I had tendinitis most of this running season but now its just progressed beyond the point of managing on my own which is why I’m feeling pain in all of my calf and lower leg.

So here’s the game plan to off-season success:

1. No running for 3 weeks. While I’m not happy about this I expected it. My legs need time to heal and then need the proper base again to start running. I am allowed to bike and swim though I’m going to give biking a little more time as I have such poor circulation already that biking exacerbates it.

2. Stretching 2-3 times a day especially after a shower or hot tub. Also, massages! 

3. Anti-inflammatories. Trying to avoid the shots since I’m young and don’t want to start down this path yet.

4. Finally, I’ll be sleeping with someone other than Memphis (hope he doesn’t get jealous). Yup, I’ll be wearing a boot to bed. It keeps your foot in a flexed position which right now is totally uncomfortable. This should be interesting!

I think the boot needs a name, something fun, let me know your suggestions. It may need some stickers to brighten it up as well.

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How this impacts the rest of my off-season is still TBD. I go back to the doc’s in 3 weeks. Should things be better by then, I will then be allowed to gradually, G-R-A-D-U-A-L-L-Y start running again. Yes, I’m spelling it out for myself, not because I don’t think you all can’t read.

I most likely won’t be doing a full marathon after all before Ironman Lake Placid but I’m fine with that. If anything, I want to do the half mary there and support the cause. The end goal and most important thing is to enter triathlon season healthy with a strong base of fitness and health so maybe this is a blessing in disguise? I’ve got big things planned for 2014 so I’m focusing on finishing 2013 healthy and strong.

The past couple of days, I’ve gotten a ton of comments on my blog post: The Importance of Rev3 Triathlon and Why I want to be a Team Rev3 Member. Current members have commented and Team Rev3 Facebook even shared my blog on their Facebook page. Makes today’s prognosis a little easier 🙂

Team Rev3

Halloween Half Marathon Pre-Race

The Beacon-Our Hotel

I had been looking forward to this race for sometime mostly because it was halloween themed and was a nice change in costume from “runner” to “overly accessorized, themed-out runner”. It was fun thinking of different costume ideas and putting things together but it was difficult too because you had to think about certain things since this was a half marathon and not just a 5k.

1. Will I be too hot in this? There had to be some breathability in the costume as running for 2 hours in latex was not a wise decision no matter how much of the material is found in South Beach.

2. Is everything that needs to be covered, covered and will stay covered? Yes, halloween is known as the holiday where women can dress skimpily as possible and go out in public without to much, ahem, criticism but I didn’t want to be running and jiggling and what not inappropriately.

3. Does the costume make sense? Sure, some costumes scream what they are while others are less obvious and may need some speaking involved to explain themselves. Well, I wouldn’t be holding too many conversations so if my costume wasn’t very obvious then that wouldn’t be too much fun.

4. Will I regret the purchase price when the credit card bill arrives? It is very easy to go overboard when planning a costume or theme party so I didn’t want to spend too much money on something I was likely to not wear again should it survive the 2 hours of sweat, salt and sand from Miami.

With all of these things in mind, I finally settled on being a skeleton, something that was easily identifiable and would allow me to wear a tank top and my running sneakers without being uncomfortable.

1382438_10100204294384393_377463317_nSkeleton tank top came from the Etsy Shop Couth Clothing

Skeleton over the knee socks from Fenvy on Amazon

Skeleton bandana from Hoo Rag, a new brand I’m going to be carrying at KickStart Endurance and they’re based here in Vero!

Temporary tattos from Tattify.com Very realistic, black ink temporary tattoos from LA. Very cool site.

Skeleton nails from Jamberry I love this nail art website, no painting required! Just heating and applying with tons of designs to choose from and even the ability to upload your own art (Ironman logo for IMLP?!)

I used my own black shorts and of course my Pearl Izumi running shoes.

Final result….

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547215_10100204764666943_108159081_nOn to the trip to Miami.

My mom and I headed south Friday afternoon, allowing us sometime in South Beach. We walked around from our hotel as we were staying right on Ocean Ave so that she could be at the race route very easily and I could get to the finish line in the morning to pick up the bus to the start line (point to point race).

The Beacon-Our Hotel

The Beacon-Our Hotel

Great spectators

Great spectators

 

The wind was whipping but the temperature was pleasant and the people watching excellent. We had an early dinner which may come into play the next day and headed home early. Of course it took me awhile to get everything prepared for the morning but I enjoy the night before a race ritual, setting everything out, making sure things are where they are supposed to be and of course, eating my pre-race routine Reeses. With everything laid out, muscles rolled with my Trigger Point Therapy ball and the alarm set, I fell asleep relatively easily.

To be continued….