I know what you're thinking, "Dang Nick, that color shirt looks amazing against skin tone" (Thanks). BUT just in case you didn't notice, there is a little eye infection too...no big deal. But seriously, I'm glad all of the health issues waited to show up after a Olympic Distance Worlds. Finally, this week is the first week I've been able to run without pain. One day my body will stop fighting back and just accept it will continually be tested!
Anyway, bigger and better things are ahead! This weekend I will be racing Revolution 3 Anderson, South Carolina. I've actually enjoyed this course once before and had a decent performance too. The course is challenging and demands some thought as there are many hills on the bike and the run. Speaking of races, for most people the end of the season is near or has already happened. For me, I'll have another 70.3 and Olympic distance to knock out. Revolution 3 just makes it so easy to keep signing up for races! If you place in your age-group or overall, they reward you with a free entry to ANY REV3 event! You wont get that from a WTC event! For that reason, I couldn't let them go to waste.
So what else is going on the wide world of triathlon? Ironman World Championship is this weekend and I finally feel like a real fan. I know all the tops names (non-top names too) and have been following their races all season. I'd almost be able to have one of those annoying "football" like arguments but no one really knows triathlon where I work. None the less, I'm excited to see my idols perform at their best, defining what my life will hopefully one day become.
Crap Diet? Want some help?
I'd like to say that we are all professional "Eaters" in our own right. Over 200 of our daily decisions are food dependent! Most people completely rely on self control, often leaving any sort of sensible rationale in the dark. Since when does having a bad day mean your body can automatically process 5 donuts without weight gain? Also, with all of the new diets on the market, how the hell do you even know where to start? I listen to about 4 podcast (paleo, vegan fruitarian) stations that seem to make sense but are somewhat conflicting. I listen to a bit of everything because I don't believe in ONE way of thinking. Also, we shouldn't only be eating to be thin. As an athlete, performance is paramount. The most important "GOLDEN RULE" is; what works for me will not necesarrily work the same for you. Often times, even challenging someone concerning their eating, is like starting a heated debate over religion or politics. Eating is incredibly emotional so it's important to take control of your emotions before you eat! Have a plan! Fill your pantry with snacks you can enjoy without feeling horrible. Keep it simple and try this perspective:
- Purchase raw ingredients (local vegetables, local fruits, grass-fed meats, cage free eggs)
- MAKE TIME to prepare food and KEEP IT SIMPLE....(and don't be lazy)
- Know what you're eating for breakfast, before you go to bed. Know your pre-lunch snack AND have a lunch plan!
- Odds are, if it's in a box or sealed bag...it's meant to last a long time and is filled with mystery ingredients. Leave it be!
Most people have allowed sub standard levels of energy and motivation, only pausing to make more excuses and implosive, poor decisions. Make your life a priority and put some hard thought into what matters. You're a freaking Indy car and you need the best freaking fuel in the world to race in the this competitive world. Invest in yourself, set the example for others to follow. DUH!
- There isn't a perfect way of doing anything and you're certainly going to make mistakes. Ensure your decisions make you truly happy and support your philosophies. Relate a change in eating habits to a swimming pool. Everyone in the pool is wet. The difference is, some people walk in and some people dive in.
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