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    Redding Marathon

We had a small group run the Redding Marathon this past weekend and I think we were all a bit surprised by its beauty and difficulty.  The course profile is deceiving and in reality, it rolls quite a bit more than you would think.  That said, even though it's a hard course, it's a fair course and if you're not looking for a PR, this is a MUST DO marathon.  It's definitely on our list for 2019 and we're recruiting more team members to join in on the fun.

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    Benchmarks

Benchmarks come in a number of different forms whether it be a time trial within a workout, a personal best for a specific distance, or on a bigger scale, perhaps a person for comparison as for what you’d like to become as an athlete. 

Back when I was racing Ironman, there was a guy I knew who seemed almost impossible to beat.  He’s a really strong swimmer, biker, and runner.  Back then, the only place where I felt like I could compete with him was on the run in an Ironman.  Despite our differences, I used him as a benchmark for what I wanted to be.  It wasn’t completely unobtainable but it was certainly a stretch goal by any imagination.

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    Bullseye!

Sometimes we get apprehensive about big training days or race days.  This is fairly common and I think the obvious reason is that we don’t want to fail.  Or more to the point, what we perceive as failure.  See my previous post on failure.

With regard to the big training days, we’re testing race day execution.  If you don’t want to go into the race blindly, I think it’s a good idea to get as much out of them as possible.  If something goes wrong, we can tweak the execution and get it dialed in for race day.  On race day, execution is based on our historical data and testing, and you go for it. 

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    Vince - TRT 100

If you’re not failing, you’re not trying hard enough.  You have to put yourself out there, go for the win, and see where things end up.  Most of the time, you finish somewhere in between the two ends.  On the extremely rare occasions, you end up winning.  And then there are the days when it just goes horribly wrong.  I can count those days on one hand but they’ve left a permanent mark on my soul.

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    Javelina

What’s my limiter?  That’s a question I ask myself from time to time.

If you’re starting out with a new distance, the mileage alone might be a limiter and working towards covering that distance as a whole or in pieces could be something you’d work on.  But at a certain point, the distance is no longer an obstacle and your limiter might be speed. 

With trail running, there’s an attraction to running long but if you caught up in the mystique of distance, you’ll end up slower.  Initially, it’s almost inevitable – distance is the limiter, you’ll slow down to run farther and you lose your speed in the process.  If you get caught in this track, you’ll continue to lose your speed.  The trick is to recognize when you’ve overcome the distance problem and then to move on to the next limiter.