Huge weekend of racing, and "Honey, where's my super suit?"
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Weekend race report:
- In only her second attempt at the distance, and her first attempt on the Big Island of Hawaii, Chelsea Sodaro of the United States won the Ironman World Championships. Sodaro was a professional distance runner who turned to triathlon in 2017, and won the race on the back of a 2:51 marathon. She is the first American to win the race in 26 years.
- Cycling and triathlon coach Liza Rachetto of Boise won the 45-49 age group.
- Also in only his second attempt at the Ironman distance, and his first attempt on the Big Island, Gustav Iden of Norway won the Ironman World Championships. His finishing time of 7:40:24 is a new course record, as is his 2:36 marathon time. Amazingly, the top four finishers all broke Jan Frodeno's course record.
- Over 900 student-athletes competed at the Idaho NICA State Championship mountain bike race at Bogus Basin on Saturday. Athletes faced a challenging and technical loop along the mountain trails and ski runs of the resort. Wood River High School won the team event, while Mahika Peterson of Sage International and Oliver Welker of Bishop Kelly are the Varsity State Champions.
- Filippo Ganna of Italy crushed the hour record at the Tissot Velodrome in Switzerland. Ganna covered 56.792km, surpassing the prior UCI record set by track star and aerodynamic specialist Dan Bigham by over a 1km. More significantly, Ganna also surpassed the 56.375km mark set by Chris Boardman in 1996 in the since-banned "superman position".
Quote that struck a chord:
"Honey! Where's my super suit?" -Frozone.
I think of this great scene when I'm getting dressed for a race, and jokingly think of it when I misplace my apron at the bike shop.
It's true that something happens when we don our personal "super suit". Whether it be for sport or business, our super suit helps to put us in the right mindset for the moment.
When you slide into your suit, your mind begins to prepare for what's ahead. Not feeling motivated for today's run? Start by lacing up your shoes.
The most famous super suit of all time may be Tony Stark's Ironman. And the best part of that suit was how he put it on. It meant it was "go time". Time to take action, time to stop thinking about doing something, and actually do it. Time to put our preparation to the test.
But a super suit should not be an emotional shield of armor we hide behind. A super suit should magnify characteristics we already possess: sportsmanship, courage, grit, and kindness.
Even Tony Stark's suit only magnified the person he already was. His suit simply helped him discover a part of himself he did not know existed.
That's the value of the suits we wear while doing hard things: the process of donning a super suit is the first step in getting out the door to face the world head-on. Facing a good challenge is what helps us discover and develop our character. The suit is simply a tool that helps to remind us of who we are and what we are striving to become. And if we suit up and get out the door often enough, we won't have to strive to be that person any more, we will be it.
Train smart, and have a great week!
Tri Town Bicycles
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