“Shorter triathlons are about pain. Endurance triathlons are about suffering. How much suffering can you take?” ~ Lisa Wei-Hass after completing a Double Anvil race (4.8 miles swimming, 224 miles biking, then 52.4 miles running)Linked to NY Times article. “I know this is not good for my body. . .But it is good for my [...]
Yes, exercise has mental health benefits.
Head down, heart beating. Exhaustion. A feeling of disconnect with the outer world. Just body, breath, muscle. Work that was stressful and pressing just moments earlier, evaporated.
Dealing with a negative physical prognosis.
I went to see Marie Forleo in Seattle during her book tour for Everything is Figureoutable. The format involved Amy Purdy, who, among other accomplishments, has two Olympic medals in the paralympics for snowboarding. She is a double amputee below the knee. Amy was asking questions of Marie about the book, but she shared stories [...]
Do you ever do the 'right' thing because you feel that someone is watching you or will find out if you don't? I have grown up with this feeling, at all times, regardless of how secluded I am. It's not a negative feeling. It's a positive, invisible, driving force. A community has institutionalized something similar. [...]
Consistency is one of the characteristics I respond best to in the people around me. Tell me something once, and then change your story, and even if there are no ill intentions, my trust will be dented. Recoverable? Yes; but harmed. Consistency in our interactions comes from remaining true to ourselves and honest. However, that [...]
Embracing giddiness for accomplishing your workouts.
With a giddiness to his voice, he turned to me and said that "we can check that box." This was some person whom I have never met and we just happened to be leaving the pool at the same time. He was referring to getting our workout in for the day (or so I assume). [...]
Swimming for creativity.
After over three months of not swimming, I got back in the pool again this week - and even joined Masters again after a couple of years of swimming solo. I am not following a training plan currently and it is nice to just show up and have someone else plan the rest. While swimming [...]
Weather and training. I may have it backwards.
As our rain returns to our rainforest that has been experiencing a draught (Juneau, Alaska), I find myself wanting to be distance training more than I have had that urge in many months. I find this extremely odd, and something I'm just realizing, but it actually makes sense. I love to be outside. When the [...]
Doing for others to do for ourselves.
What are you currently struggling to find the motivation to do? You want to and know you should but aren't. Someone just shared a perspective with me : we don't do anything for ourselves, but we will move mountains for others. This makes me sad but I think there is an element of truth. How [...]
The fifth triathlon discipline.
Mental training may be at least as important as your physical workouts.