Best Advice Received and Given

[caption id="attachment_3736" align="alignright" width="220" caption="Which Advice Is Best and Which Advice Do you Listen To?"]triathlon_training_advice[/caption] While waiting for what I hope will be the people who buy my house to cruise through and look through all my stuff (selling a house might be the worst thing you ever have to do in life) I was perusing the interwebs and stumbled across a piece in titled What's The Best Training Advice You've Ever Received? There were some good ones on there and they all made me want to get back out and train even though I had run nearly 13 miles just a few hours ago and truly needed to rest my quads for today's long brick workout. Here is the list that was provided and I will add mine to the end:

We posed the following question to readers on the Inside Triathlon facebook page, “What’s the best training advice you’ve received?” Here are a few responses to help you feel motivated and inspired.

• Don’t wait until you think you are perfectly trained. Sign up, show up and have fun. • Train smarter, race harder. • Never out ride your run. • Smooth is fast….fast is smooth! • If you feel you are in control, you are not going fast enough. • No one ever wins the race in the water. Relax and swim YOUR race! • The water is meant to slow you down. Just relax and think of the water as an incredible masseuse. • After I withdrew due to injury: It’s just one race. • For the 140.6 distance: Don’t get caught up in the moment. Keep moving forward and smile. The day is long. Be patient. • Work on form, speed will follow. • The better you recover the more you gain! • First you learn to train, then you learn to race, eventually with time and effort, you’ll learn to win! • Follow a plan and invest your time to learn from others! • Rest is your friend • A healthy athlete beats an injured athlete anytime! • When you feel like quitting… dig deeper. • Get a coach! It isn’t too expensive and is worth every penny! • Sleep is NOT over-rated   The best advice I got was actually during a race and I have applied to each training session I put myself through.  It was around Mile 20 of the Dallas White Rock marathon where I was looking to run 3:29.  My coach was at the event and was going to run a few miles with me and I was starting to hurt and she said to me:  Those Who Can't Quit and Those Who Can Do.  That was all she needed to say and before I knew it I was back to my previous form and got my body moving at a faster pace for those last 6 miles and finished at 3:39.      

What is the best training advice you've ever received?

Jason Bahamundi

About the Author:

I grew up in New York and lived there for 34 years until I got divorced and moved 1600 miles to my new home in Texas.  I love New York and miss it but that does not mean that Texas hasn’t been great to me because it has.  It was here that I discovered endurance sports and specifically the sport of triathlon.  Triathlon has given me new life through all the challenges it presents.  I no longer look at life the same way and I can say that is in part due to my endeavor into this sport.

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