Embrace the Suck

“Ultimately, triathlon is about pain – how you endure it and the mechanisms you put in place to deal with it when it comes.”                                                                                                                                     ~Chris McCormack

With the Indianapolis Marathon just around the corner, it is time to be reminded to “Embrace the Suck” on race day.  If you truly race, you are going to feel pain at some point during your race and it will suck.  “Embracing the suck” is all about how you handle the pain when it shows up.  Being mentally prepared for the pain and “suck” is essential to peak performance on race day.

How do we prepare to embrace the suck?  Easy…train…during tough workouts, push your body to the moments that suck and take note of where your mind goes during the suck moments.  Once you know what this pain feels like, you can determine a plan to help you deal with it on race day.  Make a checklist that you run through, accept pain as an inevitable…don’t try to deny that it will show up, positive self-talk can also help keep you focused, smile 🙂 (that always seems to work for me…learning this one from the best…Chrissie Wellington), focus on controlled breathing, determine if your nutrition is in check, make sure you are as relaxed as you can be so you aren’t wasting unnecessary energy, focus on stride pattern and/or stride cadence (for those who are in tune with their stride), and stay in control.

Your body will do anything your mind tells it to, so stay in control.  Never lose control of your mind when things get challenging.  Stay focused and EMBRACE THE SUCK!!

Macca Success

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Ironman Kansas 70.3 Race Goals

“Triathlon is about pain – how you endure it and the mechanisms you put in place to deal with it when it comes.”

                           ~Chris McCormack

This coming Sunday I am racing Ironman Kansas 70.3.  I have done a lot of thinking about my race goals for this race, and while I do have time goals in mind, I feel it is much more critical for me to focus on performance goals to help me achieve a PR…

1. Be patient with myself…I will remain steadfast despite opposition, difficulty or adversity throughout the race.

2. Believe in myself and my abilities…I will trust myself, my training and my ability to meet and conquer challenges that may arise.  By believing in myself and my abilities, I will effectively execute my race and have the best race experience I can.

3. Be focused & relaxed…I will focus on the factors that I can control and control my reaction to any factors that are out of my control.

4. Be strong & tough…I will have uncompromising determination even if faced with challenges throughout the race.