Driven for Success

Successful people are not gifted; they just work hard, then succeed on purpose.

– G.K. Nielson

One of my favorite authors is Malcolm Gladwell.  He is a unique man with an afro that wrote several great books, including Outliers, an intriguing look into success and how some of the most famous humans have achieved greatness.  Surprisingly through, he does not speak about the accomplishments of the individual outliers such as The Beatles and Bill Gates, but rather to HOW they became successful.  Their accomplisments we not solely due to talent or genetic gifts, but opportunity, environment, resources, and sheer time spent engaged in their craft. I often think about the power of opportunity and resources in my own life. I am a working mother of three kids, two of which are foster kids. (This adds a whole other aspect to the responsibilities of parenting that I never imagined).  We have limited financial resources and often struggle to keep afloat.  My wife and I both have hobbies that are not cheap, but they bring us great joy and help us be healthy models for our children.  I have a wonderful life!

But one thing that stands out about Gladwell’s stories is that the individuals in the book have an unyielding amount of drive and passion.  One does not spend 10,000 practicing the piano, programming computers, or writing stories because they want to get better.  It is because they do not feel alive without that one thing.  Now, I’m not saying I have one thing in my life that I live for….but I do have passion for triathlon…otherwise 4 am would not seem so exciting. I also understand that I do not have the time to train like a professional nor do I have the resources.  I support a family of 5 and that will always take priority.  But that does not mean that I do not continue to set reachable goals and work towards my own successes, as small or great as they may be.  When I do accomplish goals, it is because I have set my mind and worked hard.  I am not gifted, I am driven.

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A Photo Training Update

I can’t believe it has been more than three weeks since my last update.  Illness and the holidays can really take a toll on your body and well being.  So instead of writing a lot of hullabaloo, here is the past few weeks in pictures 🙂

IMG_8752Spent nearly a week on the road for work.  This little hotel gym really made me miss home.

IMG_8806For Thanksgiving, we traveled to Holden Beach, NC.  Came down with a vicious chest cold and lost my voice, but it seemed less bothersome when I could look out a window and see this.

IMG_8845A little trot on Turkey day with the family.IMG_8853Followed by an overindulgence of whipped cream.

IMG_8864Tried to go for a swim in the cold ocean still with a hint of a chest cold = FAIL

IMG_8873Road my bike instead and stopped at the grocery store for some laundry soap.  The brought on some odd looks as my shoes click clacked through the store.IMG_8863 Post ride meal –> awful stomach ache –> I will not eat avocado again. 😦

IMG_8889Got plenty of rest

IMG_8799And enjoyed some much needed time with the little man.IMG_8917Had a running analysis completed and discovered there are tons of problems with my form stemming from underlying weaknesses. I now run with a metronome. IMG_8937Enjoyed a 90 minute ride and am finally feeling back to 100%.  Woot Woot!

Achieving a Goal

When I was 25 years old and was bitten by the tri bug, I set a goal to complete a Half Ironman before I turned 30 years old.  Three months ago I turned 29.  Therefore, it is crunch time!

My uncle lives in St. Croix and my wife has been dying to visit.  I’ve also been dying to conquer The Beast.  It all fell into place! So in May, my wife and I will be traveling to St. Croix to visit family, celebrating our 5 year wedding anniversary, and she will watch me defeat The Beast (while she drinks on the beach) and support me in accomplishing the goal she witnessed me make 5 years ago.

w97315 So every climb in training  from here until May, becomes The Beast in my mind. I can hardly contain my excitement.

Week 2 Summary

Week 2 started off strong.
It panned out like this:

Monday: 1 hour Bike session (spin class) focusing on strength

Tuesday:  1 hour strength swim session (see earlier post for actual workout)- This was awesome and I could have kept going, but work beckoned!

Wednesday: Strength Training and Bike session (Spin class) focusing on endurance

Thursday: 40 minute run focusing on endurance.  It was cold and dark…I loved every second.  I started the run listening to music and it quickly became irritating.  I ripped the headphones out and enjoyed the simplicity of my feet hitting the ground and my breathe in the cold night air.

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Friday: Sinus Pressure and Congestion….Nooooooooooo

Saturday: More Sinus Pressure and Congestion….so I head to the gym and tried to work it out with a 1 hour bike/run brick workout.  For the bike I used a Sufferfest video (which held true to it’s name) followed by a quick 15 minute treadmill run. The plan was to run 30 minutes, but I quickly lost energy and still wasn’t feeling well.  So in an effort to listen to my body, I opted for some strength work.

Sunday: Down for the count….working through the cold did not help.  Its time to rest!

Today’s swim

I didn’t feel into it after a restless night with a stomach ache…but I just busted this out and felt GREAT!

WU: 100 swim 100 kick with fins 100 pull 100kick with fins 100 swim

DS: 4×25 side kick 4×25 finger tip drill

MS: 2x (200 pull with paddles, 200 kick with fins, 2×100 swim building to hard) 30s RI 1×50 sprint

CD: 100 easy kick

Week 1 Summary

We are off. The first full week of official training is complete. The plan was to begin the preparation period with 7 total hours of training for week 1, including strength work. Let’s just say that adjusting to training with a 4 month old requiring nightly feedings…is just as difficult as I imagined. I managed a measly 5 hours, but it felt great! 2 spin classes, two short runs, one swim clinic, and one strength training session. There was plenty of rest, which was needed; however, I need to capitalize on the times when I feel well rested. I think I’m quickly learning that I can make a detailed schedule, but the 4 month old will not follow said schedule. Flexibility will be my friend I feel.

“It’s gonna be a bumpy ride.” (Kudos if you can name that movie)

Honey Stinger Sponsorship…Hopefully

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I just sent in my application to be sponsored by Honey Stinger for 2015.  This is by far my favorite company and product to use when racing.  The natural ingredients burn clean and leave me feeling great during a rough ride or run. If you haven’t tried their products….give it a try.  The waffles are incredible!

 

Hopefully they are willing to sponsor a relatively new age grouper!