January news and how bad do you want it
Did January not just fly by? I am beyond thrilled that I was able to start this year out SO much stronger than last year. I trained for 29+ hours which made me hit 90+% of my personal target. Sadly, I too fell to the cold virus that’s going around last week. I had to miss a couple sessions, but it’s not that bad. I’m certain that it’s thanks to plenty of elderberry, extra Vitamin C, Zicam, and any and all citrus fruit I could lay my hands on to have stayed pretty functional.
I was very determined on my training in January, because I knew something would eventually throw me off course as life happens. So the more I get done when I can stay the course, the less impact I feel when I get back into it. As I am writing this, it’s officially ONLY 6 months (yet slightly over the official 24 week countdown) left to Ironman Hamburg! With that race in mind, I started reading an old book again for a little motivation: “How bad do you want it?” by Matt Fitzgerald … more on that below!
BRAG ALERT – January Racing Stats
Gotta Tri It was represented by 5 athletes in 5 different races:
Dan M, NY, went to Norway for the Polar Night Half Marathon!
Jon, NC, did the crazy Goofy Challenge with a half followed by a full marathon in Florida!
Elyssa, NC joined him on the full marathon at Disney!
Nelson, SA, was hoping for a good finish at the Ironman 70.3 South Africa, but had TWO flats!
Cynthia, NC, got iced out on what was supposed to be a 9 mile trail run, and made up for it the next day on her own with flying colors.
How bad do you want it?
“In every race, something within each athlete […] poses a simple question: How bad do you want it? To realize your potential as an athlete, you must respond with some version of this answer: MORE. And then you have to prove it.” The sub-title of the book actually tells it all: “Mastering the psychology of mind over muscle”. Matt Fitzgerald explores the psychobiological theory of endurance. He shows case after case of how athletes have overcome odds and stronger competitors through their mental toughness. It is amazing how much our minds are part of every day training and racing. A first couple key points that stand out to me so far:
- Faith in your training is as important as the training itself: find contentment in the moment-to-moment process of chasing your dreams.
- The only way to improve performance is by altering how you perceive effort. You want to find “flow” – a sense of absolute unity with your effort. “Hard work still feels hard…, but the feeling becomes enjoyable in a way that is difficult to put into words.” It comes with consistent training and you know when you found it.
- Your attitude in daily life is the same one you bring to sports. If you fall, you get back up. When you fall again, it won’t be quite as soon. You try and try again.
I have about another half of the book to go… I’m sure I’ll be back with a Part 2 of this… But, if you feel you need a little motivational boost or simply want some inspirational reading – give this book a try and let me know how you liked it!