Archive for the ‘Mental’ Category

400 days down, 12 to go

Four hundred days ago, I started this journey. Four hundred. Can you believe it? When I think about it, it seems to have flown by fast and I try to hold onto each of these twelve remaining days. But at the same time, I look at all that has happened. Four hundred days. Right now, […]

Recon

One of the most impressive stories of Lance Armstrong’s dedication to winning is when after reaching the top of the Galibier in the freezing, cold rain, Lance looks at Johann and says, “I’m going to do it again, just so I know precisely.” (words may be paraphrased). Reconnaissance of the major climbs in the Tour […]

Break’s Over

I took a break. A long break. Almost three weeks off. I ran about 10 kilometres the entire break. I biked once for an hour. I swam twice, maybe 3 kilometres each. That’s it. The last two weeks while in Italy, I did nothing. Well, that’s not true. I ate. Alot. When in Rome… But […]

The Advice of Coach Pinkney

It was simple. The advice he gave was direct. I used it tonight, as my mantra over the 10k I ran. “Run Tall.” “Lean Forward.” “Relax.” “Quick Feet.” I kept repeating it, over and over. When I felt my posture droop, I reminded myself to stand tall. When I felt my heel striking ways return, […]

Put On The Spandex

I didn’t feel like riding today.  I didn’t feel like running. I didn’t feel like swimming.  I felt like sitting on my fat ass and eating a bag of chips, with dip.  That’s how I felt. On top of all that, I’ve been off my bike, shoes and flutter board for just over a week. […]

Listening to the advice of Jen Voigt – “Shut up legs.”

I’ve never climbed the Galibier, the Tourmalet, or the 21 switchbacks of Alpe d’Huez.  And as I watch the suffering of the Tour de France, I can’t wrap my head around doing it day after day. That said, I’ve felt that pain. That deep tissue burn.  The taste in your mouth as you will your […]