This Week: "We're talking about practice."
Image: Dallen Miller racing at the Bengal Triathlon in Pocatello, Idaho.
Here is your weekly Tri Town Times newsletter:
Weekend race report:
- Boise's top female triathletes are flying right now. On Saturday, Jocelyn McCauley won the women's professional race at Ironman Texas, and Carolyn Olsen won the women's amateur overall title. Jocelyn and Carolyn both used a strong swim, dominate bike, and steady run to seal their respective wins.
- Not to be outdone, Tri Town's own Travis Wood won the Bengal Sprint Triathlon in Pocatello. Race results here.
- American Ben Hoffman won Ironman Texas in an exciting sprint finish over Magnus Ditlev.
Events I'm looking forward to:
The 2021 Ironman World Championships will be held in two weeks in St. George, Utah. The race was rescheduled last year due to the pandemic.
Quote that struck a chord:
"We're talking about practice." - Allen Iverson and Ted Lasso.
I first heard this speech on Ted Lasso. It's a powerful scene. Only recently did I realize this scene was based on an actual speech by NBA star Allen Iverson.
In Ted Lasso's case, the speech is about the importance of practice. He is driving home the point that the best players take practice as seriously as they take the game.
In Allen Iverson's case, he had just had another argument with Sixers head coach Larry Brown over Iverson's commitment to practice. More importantly, Iverson was still dealing with the pain of having lost his best friend to violence earlier in the year, and practice just didn't seem that important in comparison to losing a friend.
It's true that few things compare in seriousness to life and death. But in our work, in our 'practice', we can find peace for that period of time if we refocus our mind to the task at hand. In practice, it's acceptable and expected to shut out everything else. Being present in practice is as important as being present in the game.
If you find practice boring, tedious, or simply a waste of time, it's a sign that you're not present and focused on the moment. Practice is where you refine your skill and ability, the game is where you fall back onto the habits that you established in practice.
Ultimately, it's all about practice.
Have a great week!
Tri Town Bicycles
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Image by Scott Conover.