Goal setting; injury avoidance and goals; tire pressure and rim width history; Ironman World Championship images.
Here is your weekly TT Times update:
Training Thoughts and Updates-
- The New Year typically brings new goals. Here is a good reminder on goal setting, and why focusing on the training process (something you have control over), and not just the end goal (something you may not have full control over) is a better way to pursue these goals.
- An interesting study highlights how avoiding injury and illness is a key determinate in the likelihood of reaching performance goals.
Gear that Caught Our Attention-
This is not a particular piece of gear per se, but if you're curious about the current craze regarding tire pressure and rim width, Josh Poertner of Zipp wheels fame (and now Silca) is the definitive source on the topic.
Popular Social Post-
We are more likely to reach our goals if we pursue these goals with friends. And to be honest, it's often a lot more fun too. This is how I came across the "Spar!" app a while ago. "Spar!" lets you and your friends create a challenge, then holds you and your crew accountable by requiring you to check-in daily. Those who finish the challenge without missing a day win some money, and those who miss checking in for a challenge are fined a token amount for each miss.
Quote that Struck a Chord-
This is the time of year when self discipline is everything: discipline to show up for the cold morning session when it's still pitch black outside, discipline to train at the appropriate intensity for each and every session, discipline to get your life in order so you have the opportunity to pursue these goals. Fortunately, if you exert this type of self control you'll be in good company:
"In reading the lives of great men, I found that the first victory they won was over themselves; self discipline with all of them came first." -Harry S. Truman
"If you do not conquer self, you will be conquered by self." - Napoleon Hill
If you have a few moments to spare-
Some beautiful images from the Ironman World Championships. In the tenth picture down, do you recognize the local pro and prior Top-10 Kona finisher getting her flat tire swapped? Breaks my heart....
Have a great week!