July 23, 2010 By thea
I can’t believe that it’s finally THE weekend. My first triathlon, people!
I’ve been training for 11(ish) weeks and I’ve learned a few things along the way. Will you indulge me while I share them with you?
And you know I love me a good quote, so that’s how I’m going to give you my tidbits.
Or I guess if it’s quotes it’s their tidbits.
Whatever. Here’s what I learned.
- Well done is better than well said. ~Benjamin Franklin
I can talk all daggone day long about doing a workout, but unless I’ve actually done the workout, my words don’t mean much.
- Toughness is in the soul and spirit, not in muscles. ~Alex Karras
Seriously, what I can do has more to do with what I THINK I can do then whether I’m actually physically capable of doing it.
- Seventy percent of success in life is showing up. ~Woody Allen
This one is so true. If I go to the gym, if I go to the pool, if I go walk outside and get my bike…I’M GOING TO EXERCISE. It’s not like I go to the gym and sit on the couch. If I take the first step, the rest will follow.
- Arriving at one goal is the starting point to another. ~John Dewey
About 3/4 of the way through the training, I knew that I already needed a new goal to focus on for AFTER the triathlon. If I didn’t pick something before my first event was done, I knew I would flounder aimlessly for a while. My triathlon is Sunday and I start training for my 2nd triathlon the next day.
- Whether you think you can or think you can’t – you are right. ~Henry Ford
It’s amazing how much of exercising or sticking to a plan is mental. On the days where I grumbled about going out, I had sucky sessions. On the days where I felt good about going out, I enjoyed it a lot more and I did better. Talk nice to yourself. Pretty simple.
- Be not afraid of going slowly; be afraid only of standing still. ~Chinese Proverb
I’m slow. I swim slow. I bike slow. I run/walk slow. But slow is better than stopped. Just keep moving, just keep moving, just keep moving.