It Takes a Village to Raise an Ironman

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Lately I have been reading a lot about Scott Jurek’s thru hike on the Appalachian Trail. He recently broke the record for the fastest known time to thru hike the entire 2,189 mile trail, hiking from Georgia to Maine in forty-six days, eight hours and seven minutes. I can’t stop reading about it because it combines two things I’m passionate about, endurance sports and outdoor adventures. There are a lot of interesting articles chronicling all the adversity Jurek overcame and other articles explaining how an endeavor like this makes an athlete go deeper than they ever dreamed they could. (more…)


Mental Toughness. Three ways to Elevate your Mental Game.

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IMG_0074Next week I will compete in my second Ironman, in Coeur D’Alene, Idaho.  After completing my first Ironman in November of 2013 and signing up for Coeur D’Alene at the end of 2014, I knew I wanted to improve my mental game this time around.  Looking back, I found training for my first Ironman  to be an extremely emotional endeavor.  I was experiencing everything for the first time, my first 20 mile run, 90 mile ride, 100 mile ride….and that lead to a lot of excitement and pride, but also a lot of anxiety and doubt.  While I worked on visualizing different parts of the race to mentally prepare, all the emotions I experienced in my training left my mental game a bit weak. (more…)