Thursday, January 10, 2008

"ACE 2008"

Yes, that is Chris Lieto riding a bike to make the blender mix a smoothie! Lucky me I got to be on his relay team a few years ago and this photo goes with my post...

If you want to be as FAST as Chris Lieto here is what you do... JUST KIDDING... but here are some cool things I learned. I call them "Training Aces". Tonight I have to give a little Tri-Chat at the local bike shop and I thought I would share the aces I learned...


1. Train with new faces! Find some people faster that will push you, that will encourage you. Join a club or team. Don't be intimidated by training with new people... they might have a lot to share! Also, train with people a bit slower than you on your easy or recovery days. Their pace will make sure you are going easy and you can offer some tips to them.

2. Train in new places! Mix it up, hit the trails, the beach, some hills, a track, a treadmill, a different pool, new ocean or lake, anything that is new and can add some excitement or a different view or crowd!

3. Try new races! Go big, sign up for something adventurous or do some local fun races to give back to the community. A new course with a new challenge can help bring your racing to a new level.

4. Let go of the same-old pace! Make sure every workout has a purpose... intervals, a recovery pace, a base pace (you get the idea)... just not the same speed for every swim, bike, and run.

5. Get new laces! Yep, those old "favorite" shoes can become the injury-givers! Get some new shoes.

6. Trade places! If you always draft in swimming or on the bike take some pulls. You will love the new speed and confidence you develop. If you always pull- catch the draft! Save your legs for the bricks and work on your technique. For running, position yourself in that place that is just off another's shoulder and see how long you can hang on.

7. Embrace change! Review last seasons accomplishments and not-so-good moments. From there make a plan to "change" things. Doing the same thing day in and day out will result in the same results...

8. Give some grace! Make sure to let the people you appreciate in your sport know that they matter to you! Tell your coach thank you for all his/her support and those great training plans... let them know you would be lost with out them! Thank the volunteers, race directors, the community for being active in your sport. AND thank your family! Be sure to let them know their love and support is valued and a large cause to your success and enjoyment in sport. Maybe even tip your babysitter a little extra...

9. Make some space! Yep, clean out the fridge & pantry and stock pile up on better-for-you foods. Then, clean out the old training gear/clothes from last season (or last FEW seasons) and donate it! There are tons of new tri rookies out there that can benefit from your old stuff... you might even be able to make a buck!

10. Finally, enjoy the race! The training is hard, the sacrificing is hard, the race is the fun part... you did the work now enjoy what you love to do!

6 comments:

Kellye Mills said...

Hey Bree!

You are SUCH an inspiration! I think it is so cool that you are so balanced and down to earth! I am VERY excited about meeting you at St. Anthony's!!

Pedergraham said...

Awesome advice! Love the rhyming. Hope that your presentation went well.

greyhound said...

Great tips, and I love the way they address both the body and the spirit of the person.

I'll follow one now: thanks to you! This is an awesome blog, full of inspiration.

Curly Su said...

awesome post; good advice-- thanks!

Marit Chrislock-Lauterbach said...

Excellent Bree! You should totally try to get this published in one of the Tri magazines out there... very well thought out and clever. Hope that your training is going well - I thought of you the other day when some bike work was hard, and remembered your phenominal advice... thanks!

ShirleyPerly said...

Excellent list. If I can do just a few this year, I'll be ahead for sure!