The mind games and a little laughter

By Skip

As I ramp up for this season and I start putting more time in on the bike, I looked back at the last time I was actually on the road VS the trainer and I was shocked at my conclusion: I have not been on the road, in traffic since my crash last year during the Trilogy race.  VIDEO REFERENCE (RSR43)

For the longest time I didn’t even want to get on a bike.  At least I have committed to get on the patio and hook things up to my Computrainer to start getting some saddle time in again.  This weekend, however, I plan on hitting the road, dodging traffic and re-building my confidence.  It’s funny because I am normally very strong minded where something like this would not bother me.  I realized today that I was not even aware of this as it was lingering in the back of my mind and it never really revealed itself.

Why do I bring this up now?  Two reasons… The mental game of endurance training can be quite a challenge.  I have realized this on several occasions and I always kind of chalked it up to over-training.  I purchased a book when I first started doing triathlons called “The Triathlete’s Guide to Mental Training.”  The funny part is that I have never gotten past the first chapter, for whatever reason.  I think I always convince myself that I won’t be affected by that anymore and then proceed to ignore the advice.  I need to pick that book back up again and push my way through it!

The second reason why I bring the subject of “The Crash of ’11” is that I ran across this video the other day and I could not stop laughing at it.  It was taken from the T1 at the 2010 Women’s World Championship Series in Hyde Park.  I am sure it was not funny for those participating.  Let’s just leave it at “I can relate!”  …. ENJOY!

Filed in: Biking, Transition, Triathlon, Video • Friday, March 16th, 2012

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