Gettin Rockin

This week marked the first week of my preparation for the 2009 season. I really get into the meat of training in January but I feel like I have to be at a certain level of fitness to really start working hard so December is "Preparation" phase. To me this feels like the "Working hard with spaghetti arms and hollow legs" month. Fun times during this getting back on track phase. I have also been happy to start a group of athletes on their 2009 journey and I look forward to having the opportunity to help them be successful. There are a few spots left in the coaching program but it should be closing soon so if you are interested, please contact me as soon as possible. Besides coaching and training… I am also working on another project but more on that in the next post.

This week also marked the end of my obsessing about how the season ended and the start of me doing all of the right things that helped me win the lion’s share of the events last season. I am setting my goals, setting my intention, fearlessly committing to a plan, getting disciplined and being passionate about what I do. I truly need to be committed and believe in what I am doing to get things done.

There is a lesson in the 2008 World Championships for me that may also be applicable to you. Let say you do everything right. You have the best preparation, the best equipment, the best form and the best attitude when you toe the line to challenge yourself to achieve your goal. 99% of the time you can be confident of success when you do this. 1% of the time life is going to throw you a curve ball that leaves you blindsided, frustrated and upset. The challenge at this point is to take that event, put it in a compartment or a file labeled "UNCONTROLLABLE" and put it aside. How you react to that event is much more important than the outcome of the event itself.

This situation can apply to anyone out there, not just the athletes in the audience. I bet there are a lot of people working in sales who have the best product, the best knowledge, the best service and have forged solid relationships only to discover they are not meeting their targets or their goals in this economy. All I can say is keep doing the right things, having the right attitude and challenging yourself in the same way. The only way that lack of success is going to define you is if you don’t step up and put yourself in a position to win again.

So here’s to picking ourselves up and putting ourselves in a position to win again. For me, I have some work to do in the pool this winter. It has started this week. Happy training!

 

Sunset on 2008

And The Thank Yous Go To…..

2008, other than the obvious BLIP that happened at the Worlds, was fantastic. I won Temecula, Richmond, Utah, Tahoe, Canadian Offroad Triathlon Nationals and the Overall series. I also podiumed at the Sea Otter Classic, a national mountain bike stop on the Canada Cup tour, won the Squamish triathlon (setting a new race record and bike split record) and finished my first half Ironman in a respectable time (with limited prep – I’ll be back!).

Along with that I spoke to the LA Tri Club with my male counterpart Conrad Stoltz, spoke at the Bike Lane with my friend Cathy Coutinho, taught clinics at every stop on the North American XTERRA tour with my fellow Art Of XTERRA professors and offered monthly thoughts on XTERRA racing on www.triathletemag.com. It was a very good year.

This kind of a season is the product of a lot of passion, cooperation and talent. Much of which is not my own. In order for me to do this I need a team of partners to lend me their expertise and skills so that I can look good out there. So, without further ado, here is the list of thank yous to the group of people who help me to do what I do. It is pretty impressive.

But my first thank you goes out to YOU. All of YOU reading this that have sent comments and emails this season, who have followed the blog and offered advice, support and encouragement – THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART! It feels really good to hear from you and having some ability to motivate and inspire you is better than any podium position I can get myself. Your success is my top priority! I guess I really am moving into coach mode… even if I am focused on another season! I hope that together we can be the best we can possibly be in 2009. Thanks so, so much! Okay, on to the long list of wonderful people in my life….READ THE REST OF THIS STORY HERE

XTERRA France… even if I didn’t make it there this year I guess I was there…

 

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