Knee injury prevention; Computational Cyclist; hang gliding incident; Chasing 10 documentary
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Events We're Looking Forward To-
Indian Wells 70.3 is this Sunday. This new race promises to have a cold swim with a fast and flat bike/run.
Training Thoughts and Updates-
One of my favorite knee injury prevention exercises.
Gear that Caught Our Attention-
The Computational Cyclist website is a cool program that estimates the power needed to sustain various speeds. Play with body weight; bike weight, slope, and aerodynamic drag to see their respective influence on your speed. Combine this program with consistent field testing to dial in your race day pacing.
Popular Social Post-
It's impossible to watch this without your hands sweating.
Quote that Struck a Chord-
This quote from J. Paul Getty is as relevant to the athlete as it is to the business person:
"The individual who wants to reach the top in business must appreciate the might and force of habit. He must be quick to break those habits that can break him- and hasten to adopt those practices that will become the habits that help him achieve the success he desires."
If You Have a Few Moments to Spare-
Though this short documentary is well done, I believe the athlete's perspective on Ironman racing misses the mark. Focusing on the finishing time (or finishing place) at the cost of all else, is a common cause of burnout and disappointment. He even acknowledges this himself during the film.
So what to do if you have a race time goal? You focus on the elements you can control: your training, recovery, nutrition, mental game, and equipment. Is it bad to have a time goal? No. But remember the finishing time is only part of the experience, it doesn't tell the whole story.
Here is a secret to getting better at almost anything: make the practice and the training playful and fun. The hard work is the journey: it is what shapes your body, and your character, and it doesn't have to be unpleasant. In every session, remember you get to do this. You get to go out and train. You get to build your fitness. You get to ride your bike! Many people would be so lucky.
During the race focus on executing your plan, keep your head in the game, and remember that you only finish a triathlon by taking one arm stroke, one pedal stroke, and one step at a time. These are in your control.
You can't control your competitors. You can't control the weather. You can't control if the course is long (or short). So why put your happiness in someone else's hands?