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140.6 in 2012: Start Mentally Fresh

Doing an Ironman always sounds like a great idea. Others who have done it probably told you about the thrill of the final mile. For weeks leading up to it you saw their Facebook posts on all their training sessions that went well, like “Just biked 5 hours! ….swam 3k this morning! ….PR’d in a B race!”

What your friends didn’t likely share was the mental and emotional drag that training can be. I mean honestly, when is the last time you read a post that said, “Can’t stand the thought of another hour in the saddle ….slept through Masters Swim this morning …missed two happy hours and a birthday party this week so I could train” or their spouse’s post of, “Haven’t got laid in almost a month. Thanks Ironman.”

Adhering strictly to a 140.6 training plan requires as much discipline and mental fortitude as it does physical energy. You need to wake up every morning loving the life of an ironman. If need a break at the end of your 2011 season, take it. This doesn’t mean do nothing. It just means you should stay in shape in ways beyond a swimming, biking and running with a rigid schedule. There are plenty of non-sport specific ways to stay in shape.

Also, begin to think about what your mental escape from training will be next year. This may sound odd. When training picks up and race day draws near, it will consume your every thought. You need an out. Put down the Lava Magazine and step away from the Garmin file. This could be playing with your kids, reading, watching mindless television, or socializing with a specific group of friends you can hang out with that won’t talk about racing. Bottom line – you need another hobby even if that hobby is reality tv.

This is the third in a series of ten posts dedicated to athletes thinking about their first long course race in 2012. Check back tomorrow for thoughts on Your Weakest Link for a 140.6 in 2012.

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One Response to 140.6 in 2012: Start Mentally Fresh

  1. Janet says:

    The watch looks better than I thoguht. When I first received it and took it out of the box, I was surprised by its sleek looks and clear digital display. The main reason I bought this watch, however, was for the FLIX feature. I started holding the INDIGLO button to turn on night mode. I noticed that the backlight was green, against my hopes. I had thoguht and hoped the backlight would be blue. Another disappointment is that the night mode automatically turns off after 8 hours.The band is extremely comfortable. The last watch I had with a resin band would choke my blood stream, but this watch does not block it as much. To confirm another review, the band does curve near the watch so that it has a better fit. When you take it off, the bands hang straight down because of the curve.It’s not as water proof as you would think. In the instructions manual, it warns you not to push buttons underwater or else the water will go in. It’s only water proof as long as the buttons and case stays intact. I’m not sure if other water proof watches do the same, but this was a big disappointment for me, and would be too for you if you were a swimmer.This watch is extremely pricey. The Timex Men’s Ironman Traditional 30-Lap Flix Fullsize Watch #T5H601, with the same features as this watch, costs $5 less. There are many more watches that costs much less than this watch.If you still want to buy it, I would recommend buying it from Chelsea watch because of its great services and fast 3 day standard shipping.