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Friday, April 19, 2019

I finished the Discovery Bay Olympic distance Triathlon this past Sunday. That’s 2 events down of the seven I have scheduled for this summer. My goal was to win, not just finish but compete. I have been training six days a week to accomplish my goal. I have put the individual times (swim, bike, run) that I have to achieve to meet my goals. I have posted those time goals on my home office desk and in my shower. I was not reaching those goals before the event but knew I must continue to try. I did run into a conflict in positive self talk and visualization and the reality of my daily performance. In the end I concluded that I needed to reset my mind back to the point that I reminded myself that I do Triathlon for the love of the sport. The joy I feel afterword and the satisfaction of the accomplishment is the desired outcome. I did not win my age group or podium but I bested my event last place time of last year by around 40 minutes. I still have 5 more Tris this Summer to improve on that time. That’s enough to keep me motivated. It inspires me to go out and train at least 6 days a week. I’ve been reading a book by David Coggins called “You Cant Hurt Me”. It is about a young Blackman that grew up with an abusive father and went on to overcome seemingly unsurmountable odds to become a Navy Seal and an ultra endurance athlete. I recommend this book for those of you who are looking for inspiration to overcome your own personal odds. By the way that is who I am trying to reach with this blog. If you want some more of this, like, share, invite a friend and most of all come back. Together we can do great things. – Shawn

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