While attending the Fitness and Health Bloggers Conference this past weekend I was taught about ways to enhance my blog, but I thought about ways to enhance my blog to help those the way I was helped when I first ventured into this crazy endurance world. I knew nothing about cadence, endurance ,nutrition, hydration, swimming form, drills, or mental strength. All I knew is that I had the desire to succeed and the discipline to do so.
I had to train not just my body to be better able to process carbohydrates, protein and fat for energy. I had to know that when my body said to rest it was time to rest. I had to know what active recovery was versus lactate threshold. It was trial and error. There as pain. There was euphoria. There was blood, sweat and tears but I loved it all and I always wanted more the next day.
It is with this thought process that I came up with the idea of a Tips and Tricks for New Endurance Athletes feature. I took to the airwaves and called (ok, I emailed) the Angels and Ninjas team to see if they wanted to write guest posts for this feature and as to be expected they did not let me down. There were ideas being thrown out almost immediately as to what they wanted to write and that got me even more excited about this feature.
The first step to becoming an endurance athlete for me was making the decision to do it. I believe that training your mind is as important, if not more, than training your body for these events. If you can convince your mind that the event is what you are training for and that there are no options of quitting then your training just got easier.
Your mind has to be convinced to know that there is no quit in you. Your mind has to be able to accept the pain and the suck and keep going. Some people may refer to this as the 4th discipline of triathlon, but I believe it is the first. Without knowing what you want and how you are going to go after it then it doesn’t matter about the swim, bike, run or just one of those sports.
The mind is the strongest muscle as it can convince you and your body to stop. It can make you feel like you are more tired than you really are. It can make you think that you don’t have what it takes to go that extra mile. Train your mind and your body will be sure to follow.
Don’t believe me? Read this from my very first post:
I am starting a blog so that I can capture what happens during what is essentially a year long training as I prepare my body and mind for a 70.3 Ironman event in Oceanside, CA on April 2, 2011. Eventually this training will lead to a 140.6 Ironman event but that is a little too far away to worry about right now.
This year I made a decision to make 2010 the year of the Sprint Tri with the idea that I would use them as part of my training for the Ironman next year. After I completed my first sprint on April 25, 2010 I realized that I could do this. I finished 8 minutes faster then my first tri at Grapevine in May of 2009.
The dream was going to become a reality. I never ran growing up but it became a part of my life in 2007 and has been going on ever since. With the idea that I want to keep challenging myself and keep pushing myself I set out a goal to do a sprint tri in 2009 and accomplished that feat. Now I’m looking to doing a 70.3 Ironman and know that I can do it.
Problem was where do you start. There is so much information to review and read and it seems that I would be doing that rather then training. With that being said, my wife Karen, found a pamphlet at a local running store and gave it to me. It was a triathlon coach. I put the literature down and did not think about it for a bit, then one day it was just staring me in the face so I decided to contact the author.
Yesterday, May 3rd, 2010 I met with Claudia and after speaking with her for an hour I was really excited. I was putting this dream into reality and so now I want to capture this experience for all of my family and friends and to hopefully encourage those out there thinking about doing that that you can do it.
So today instead of driving to my Tuesday run, I ran to the run. Sounds funny but that is what I did. Normally we put in 4.7 miles on Tue/Thur so with the extra running it turns out to be 6.7 miles. This is a great running group and they were very supportive of my marathon training in 2009 so I know they will be very supportive of the tri training in 2010.
Stay tuned for updates on how the training is going, where I’m going next, what events I’m participating in, and who knows what else may show up on here.
Jason – May 4th, 2010
Back on May 4th of 2010 I had already known that my journey would lead to a Full Ironman although I was training for a Half-Ironman. I put forth the effort to hire a coach, I put forth the effort to start running further than I had been. I had fully accepted the fact that I was going to do more than I ever had previously and that my body was ready for it.
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