I know it's near impossible to read, so let me bring the following sticky note's greatness to larger font. It reads "Eat, sleep, breathe recovery. To Become a god damn Titan"! BOOM! However grammatically incorrect that statement may be, saying that phrase aloud makes my blood boil (in a good way). A good friend and athlete recently sought my coaching expertise as he prepared for IronMan hokkaido. Sadly a few weeks prior, he'd gotten a pretty gnarly stress fracture. Anyway, this is his fridge and despite the long recovery he has ahead of him, his mind is stronger than his body. He's taken this opportunity to focus on his nutrition, mental stability and overall focus on what is directly within his control. I cannot tell you enough....focus on what IS and forget what ISN'T.
Which brings me to my next observation. Any schmuck can put in 30 hours a week of training, pulverizing muscles and excreting massive amounts of bodily fluid. Those guys/girls don't last long and are the "what not to be" sort of people. If you would have told me that 6 months ago, I'd have said...replied like most age group "zombie" triathletes do. "If I don't hit 16+ hours every week, I'll never get faster". My attitude was WRONG and my body was paying the price....and of course it was all my fault since my attitude was off-beat for my goals. Every workout needs a purpose, even the easy ones that seem like "garbage". I'm trying to say, whether you're injured, healthy as an OX or dragging yourself around like a zombie because you woke up at 3:30 to do a 2 hour trainer ride....trying to find something new on Netflix (which is impossible), we've got to put our attitudes in check and become the BEST version of ourselves. So if you're always injured, don't rely on a pill to make you feel better or if you're not losing weight or constantly bonking...fix your nutrition and do your own research. It ALL starts with attitude (I recommend a humble approach, continuously finding new ways from credible sources). Re-invent yourself!
ITU World Triathlon Grand Final....is right around the corner. Age Group World Championship here I come!
WOW, I've been on a journey over the past few months. Fueled by a solid performance at 70.3 Steelhead, thankful my achilles is finally healed and inspired by all of the great athletes I get to work with on a daily basis. I've had two solid blocks of training in Clermont Florida, hosted by a pro athlete and his girlfriend (thanks Nicholas and Heather). I'm actually on the second round of training right now and you better believe we''ve been watching some ITU races, getting mentally prepared for the looming race ahead. Actually, I'm going to freshen up my "race day" skills at the Tarpon Springs Triathlon next weekend, come out and say hello! I've certainly been busy over the past few months, working with a new coach, getting tons of fuel from Jet City Espresso (massive salads and paleo scones), training with the best people I know and making sure my rest is adequate.
When it comes to food, I'd like to consider myself fairly well informed and well versed. I am a sucker for sweets though AND since we all have dirty little secrets (hopefully yours isn't cereal)...this one is mine. I don't think a recipe is really necessary but above is a GREAT, long ride treat. Banana, grass fed nitrate free bacon and 80% dark chocolate....I also put some coconut butter on mine. Which ALSO leads me to my FAVORITE source of amazing food/vitality/health information, the FAT BURNING MAN PODCAST. If you're in your car often, I highly suggest you get some knowledge instead of listening to whatever garbage is on the radio (unless you're listening to NPR).