"Strong to go long, then as easy as possible to go longest possible, then power & range of motion to go fast. Then go fast. Then go long fast. Then race fast. Ok?"
The Mental Game of Triathlon
by Craig Cecil
There are many factors we can cover here but the goal will always be the same. We want to learn (read: train ourselves) to stay mentally focused during the event through to the finish while being flexible enough to handle any deviation/setback calmly. At first focus and flexibility appear to be diametrically opposing mindsets. They are not; we need to develop both. If our attitude is too lackadaisical then performance is subpar and if too rigid then any deviation causes a meltdown.
First, understand the purpose of your workout. Each training session should have one. If it does not, then you are not ‘training’ but exercising. Either are appropriate depending on your goals. But if you have a specific outcome for a season or race in mind then you are probably training. If you are using a coach don't be afraid to ask. Knowing the purpose helps you stay focused.
Charleston Half Marathon: Race Review!
by Craig Cecil
On Thursday, Jan. 14th I (and a small group from B’ham) headed over to Charleston for the 6th Annual Charleston Marathon/Half Marathon. When you travel to a city that is known for its food, and the post-race nutrition is Shrimp and Grits and beer, it is best to make it a social trip. And as we ate our way through the city to the start line we succeeded in our goal, to have a great time with friends!