How I ran 25 miles this week and didn’t feel like I was training

“What did you do this week to help you meet your athletic goals for 2014?” This was the basic question at the FTP compound today during lunch.  It is a simple yet powerful question that provides motivation, accountability and action.  And it’s pure simplicity got me out the door to go run.  As an athlete, […]

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12 Habits of Highly Successful Triathletes, Part 11 – Understand Data

Back to the nuts and bolts of triathlon training, let’s talk about using data to track your progress and how critical this skill is in becoming great. I will use the example of an athlete I am currently working with. Let’s call her Jane. Jane has been coached by us before, but only with a […]

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12 Habits of Highly Successful Triathletes, Part 10 – Simplicity

Today’s habit, simplicity, it somewhat related to the previously mentioned Creature of Habit idea. Being a triathlete requires more time and creative scheduling than being a single sport athlete, so it becomes more important to set up systems in your life that make it easier to get your training done. One way that very successful […]

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12 Habits of Highly Successful Triathlete, Part 8 – Accountability

 Accountability is HUGE when it comes to making and reaching goals and is one area where many people block themselves. Accountability creates fear when you don’t have well-planned goals and you don’t really want to commit to achieving them (think New Year’s Resolutions, which are usually not goals but dreams). A well-planned goal, on the […]

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12 Habits of HIghly Successful Triathletes, Part 7 – Proper Training

Finally, a habit that actually has something to do with exercise! Proper training is, of course, a key component of success as an athlete and it may seem dumb to include it here because it’s so obvious. However, sometimes simple things are not the things that prove easy to actually accomplish. Most triathletes don’t use […]

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12 Habits of Highly Successful Triathletes, Part 5 – Magical Thinking

Magical thinking and lying – I bet you don’t consider those much of an asset in life. Maybe you even roll your eyes at your friends and acquaintances that show up to races in a breathing mask, compression socks, and Newton running shoes. Or see others’ harmless deception as hubris (which is often is, btw). But […]

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12 Habits of Highly Successful Triathletes, Part 4 – Talking to Yourself

Last time we talked about optimism versus pessimism, and this time we are going to talk about something similar: how you talk about yourself.I guarantee you have heard these types of statements from yourself or your triathlon friends:1.  Complaining about aches and pains all the time.2. “I may be slow, but I get it done”.3. […]

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12 Habits of Highly Successful Triathletes, Part 3 – Optimism

Our third habit is optimism. Yes, this can be learned and no, being optimistic doesn’t mean being blind to reality. Studies have shown that having an optimistic outlook on life greatly influences how successful you become. How you view failure is key. If you tend to be pessimistic and fatalistic about your failures, you will […]

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