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Blue Monday

January 20, 2014 3 comments

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Today is Blue Monday, the pseudo-science crap “scientifically” determined to be the most depressing day of the year!  Seriously – check out the calculation formula on the Wikipedia link above.  C R A P!

That being said – even if completely unscientifically founded – there seems to be something to it.  The days are still short, the weather is still cold, and I sure as shit didn’t want to get out of bed this morning for a training session.  I did… but I didn’t want to!  And it was a slug of a session at that.  My legs were screaming at me.  But I did it.

Apparently, this is the third year in a row I’ve written a post on Blue Monday about it being Blue Monday.  You can see people dragging their heels this time of year.  Very few people have a jump to their step – that’s so sad.  I think it’s sad.

So I’d like to ask you (those of you reading this, at least) to do something fun today.  Do something silly!  Do something energizing!  Do something inspiring!  Do something to break out of your routine!!  Do something to make other people happy!  Do something to prove that Blue Monday isn’t science – it’s crap.  Today is a bright, sunny, (cold) day!  Make it a great day!!  Let’s celebrate Blue Monday!!

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What will you do to celebrate Blue Monday?

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Friday Stray Thoughts

January 17, 2014 4 comments

FridayImage by Glenn McCoy

Happy Friday everyone!  For those of you looking for a little light lunchtime internet distraction to tide you over until quitting time, here’s a few Stray Thoughts for your Friday Afternoon

This week, a few quotes I’ve been saving up, that have made me smile recently.  Hope they make you smile too.

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Jesse Thomas

A great link to the Best Triathlon Quotes of 2013.  Most of these are very Ironman-winner-specific, but this one really jumped out at me:

“It’s easy to get caught up in our little world (what?!) of triathlon, talking about the relative dorkiness of specific activities and attire choices. But I’ve got news for you guys. According to the 99.9 percent of the population outside of the sport, we’re all big ’ol dorks. The coolest triathlete out there hovers somewhere between captain of the chess club and Steve Urkel on the world scale of coolness. Don’t worry — I don’t think it’s entirely our faults. It’s the nature of our sport, being the outcasts of not one but three more popular and established sports. That’s a lot of nerds jockeying for position.” Jesse Thomas

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And this one from BeginnerTriathlete.com:

DFL > DNF > DNS

Dead Last is better than Did Not Finish, is better than Did Not Start

I’m sure you can figure out what the missing F stands for…

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And possibly my favorite tweeted quote of 2013:

Some days it feels like that Gorilla has endless stamina… and therefore so must I…

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Have a great weekend everybody!  Good Luck to everyone racing or training this weekend!!!  Hope the sun is shining, the air is warm, and the sidewalks are shoveled where you live!

Friday Stray Thoughts

January 3, 2014 3 comments

FridayImage by Glenn McCoy

Happy Friday everyone!  For those of you looking for a little light lunchtime internet distraction to tide you over until quitting time, here’s a Few Stray Thoughts for your Friday Afternoon

This one goes out to everyone who’s made a New Years Resolution to ‘lose weight’ or ‘get in shape’ or ‘go to the gym more often’, or to anyone resolving to run their first race in 2014 (or even better, their first triathlon in 2014): All the power to you my friends!  You’ve got my support.  I’m cheering you along – keep strong to those resolutions and let me know how it goes!

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I found this great link to Statistic Brain listing the top 2014 New Years Resolutions.  Kinda interesting, thought I’m really not sure where the data comes from, or how accurate it is.  Certainly nobody came around to my NYE party to ask what my resolutions were… did anyone come around asking at yours?

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Here’s the same thing (sort of), courtesy of visual.ly

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This one’s a bit more to my liking.  Found this one floating around on Facebook.  Ain’t it the truth!

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Have a great weekend everybody!  Good Luck to everyone racing or training this weekend!!!  Stay Warm!

Words for 2014

January 1, 2014 2 comments

HappyNewYear

Last year I started a new tradition, which I really liked and intend to continue.  Inspired by my mother-in-law, instead of making resolutions (which may or may not be kept, sometimes through circumstances outside one’s own control), I choose three words to give me direction throughout the year.

In 2013 I chose 3 words: Control, Courage, and Calm.  And I think they worked well for me.  2013 was a year of growth, albeit calm and controlled growth.  It was moving to a new job with my same employer.  It was moving through 3 cities to support my wife’s career.  It was several amazing vacations with my wife, and with our family.  It was diving head first into my first full racing season – moving from 1 race per year to 11 in 2013 – without injury, and in doing so entrenching my love for triathlon racing.

So what words do I choose for 2014?  2014 is going to be all about pushing the envelope a bit.  2014 is going to be all about decisive transformation, gambling on myself, and taking life by the reins.  2014 is going to be about doing more with less.  And these will be my guiding words:

Consistency – 2014 is going to be about challenging myself to consistency in my pursuits.  I fully believe 2014 has amazing things in store for me if I can focus on executing the plans that I draft.  In training terms, in 2013 I did a great job of following my plans – in spurts.  I had excellent months, and I had months where I lost focus.  How much stronger could I be if only I executed more fully the plans I laid out.  2014 is going to be about finding out!

Power – 2014 is going to be about finding inner power.  Anyone can work harder and build strength.  I want power.  The power to be stronger when I’m most tired.  The power to be patient when I’m most stressed.  The power to persevere when I’m most taxed.  The power to run a little bit faster in the final kilometer of every race.

Fun – Life is supposed to be fun, isn’t it?  There’s so much stress in the world.  So much seriousness, so much time in our lives spent doing things we must and forgetting to have fun.  Don’t get me wrong – I’m a professional at work.  And I train hard in the gym.  And there are chores and errands that must be done around the house, and limited budget to play with.  But there’s always room to add a little fun.  I will remember to do the things I love, and to love the things I do.  I love my wife – my friends, and my family.  I have a job that I enjoy.  And I love racing.  I love racing!  In 2014 I’m going to focus on bringing a little more lightness and fun to everything I do – even the things I do because I “must” deserve a little fun!

Happy New Year to all my friends and family and fellow bloggers and triathletes.  May 2014 bring you Peace, Love, and a Personal Best!

What are your words for 2014?

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