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My last three training sessions have been tough.  I had to push my body through some tough workouts, but with that I had to push my mind through them.  I had to convince myself that I could do them and really break it down.Telling myself I only had to go 1 minute or 2 minutes and once I hit that mark tell myself it was just another 30 seconds or whatever it took to get my body to keep performing at the highest level it could and to really push it past that.Last night I had a 60 minute run on a rolling course where my HR was to be 50% ...

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I always think about not just pushing my body but training my mind to do the things I want to do.  I always think about the positive to what I'm doing.  I'm getting stronger, I'm getting leaner, I'm getting faster.I can do this.  I can do that.  Staying positive even when the chips are up against you.I got a newsletter from Athlete's Honey Milk today and there was a link to an article written by Andrew Goodman, D.C. titled When 'Mind Over Matter' Matters.It is a quick read with 5 points to focus on to get yourself mentally t...

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That alarm seemed to go off sooner then it need to this morning.  After a hard workout yesterday afternoon getting up this morning was not a welcome call.This is our last week with Jackson before he goes to his dad's for the month of July so I want to spend as much time with him as possible.  So getting up early so I could take him to daycare this morning was important for me.Left the house at 4:35am and was in the water by 4:50am.  Time to swim.  The warm-up was different and a lot of fun.  I had a 100 easy, 50 kick, 1...

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Ahhhh......it's Sunday.  The day of rest, but not for those training to compete in Ironman.  Read that again as it does not say complete or just finish.  It says compete.  That is my goal.  My goal is to be competitive and to push those that are better then me even further and to pull those behind me up to me.  This triathlon community is a fraternity and the more we push each other the better we will all be.When I hired Coach C I told her I didn't want to just finish but that I wanted to compete.  I wanted to...

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Just another typical training day for the life of an athlete training for Ironman, except that today was to be a longer ride then ever before.  Today called for 2 hours in the saddle with HR in Z2 followed-up by a 15 minute run.After resting all day yesterday I was ready to get back out and train.  I will say that I enjoy my rest days now unlike when I first started training and felt I was not doing enough b/c I was sitting around all day.  That is no longer the case.  As the training begins to get more difficult and longer ...

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Nutrition has been on my mind for a week or so now in terms of training.  All the questions swirl.....Am I getting enough protein?  enough fat?  enough Vitamin D?  enough carbs?  and today I come across an article that questions whether or not endurance athletes are getting enough magnesium.......great something else to have to worry about.  But really in the end I don't worry about it.  I do watch what I eat but I don't count calories and I just listen to my body.If my body tells me I'm hungry then I eat, I j...

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After yesterday's OWS my confidence is continuing to grow that I can become a stronger swimmer, and not just stronger but much stronger.  Last night while watching TV with Karen I mentioned to her that I wanted to get back in the water to do the OWS again b/c I feel like I left some swimming out there.  Now that I know I can do 600 meters around the buoy's in the open water I wanted to continue doing them.  It was all mental and I beat myself so now I want to go at it again and prove that the first complete lap was not a fluke.We...

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Today I had my second open water swim training and I am calling it a success.  Not just a success but a tremendous success.  I started out and got to the first buoy and was mentally beat so I flipped over and kept floating and I would say that I got through about 50% of the first lap on my back.  Each lap I am saying was 600 meters although the group that setup the swim says it is anywhere between 600 and 800.  I'm going with the lower number.2nd lap I manged to get to the 2nd buoy before having to flip over and float. ...

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Yesterday was one of the busiest days I've had in quite some time so I was nervous about my swim this morning and being somewhat fatigued.  Yesterday not only had a full day of work, but then I had a 4:30p Board Meeting followed by an 8pm softball game.  The Board Meeting went very well and while it sounds sort of crazy my confidence in my training has led to more confidence in my life.  I went into that meeting not really knowing what I was looking at but then in the middle of the meeting started asking questions and that helped...

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