Why Do You "Tri"

Why Do You Tri?

One of the beautiful things about triathlon is that the reasons to start are endless and the sport doesn’t judge why you started, it treats every single person out there same way. Maybe you started to challenge yourself, as stress relief, to lose weight, or a friend talked you into it; the list goes on and on and it doesn’t change that you are still out there.

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Burnout is real : Let's Manage It!

It’s easy to get down on yourself when your tired, busy, and stressed and that can be very normal come the end of a big training cycle. It is also very easy to get into a rut, routine is awesome but it can be a very tricky balance. Burnout manifests its in many different forms and sometimes you can’t even put your finger on it; some of the triggers for it are a lack of motivation, feeling of inadequacy, training feels like a burden, lack of sleep, etc. The good news is that while it isn’t always preventable, there is no magical piece to preventing burnout, but it can be managed and maybe the chance of it happening decreased!

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Power of Presence

The ability to be in a present state of mind is an incredible valuable tool to an athlete and in reality anything you are doing seriously from business to life. Being present provides focus, clarity, concentration, awareness to ones body and a connection to yourself and the moment you are in. This form of mindfulness relates to a theory of being in the “zone” or in a state of “flow” both in which refer to a state of consciousness in which a person is completely absorbed in his or her actions and experiences a unity of the mind and body.*

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Running With Purpose

Ever feel stuck with your running? You had made a bunch of improvements, maybe had a massive couple of Personal Bests yet all of the sudden you've hit a plateau and aren't getting any faster?  Plateaus can be very frustrating because we as a society always want to improve. This little article is not all about the barriers of training that may be affecting your running, that is a whole different set of tips.  Today I wanted to share with you some tips to run a little bit faster and break through that feeling of you've hit a wall with your training.

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4 Tips to Improving Your Mental Imagery Skills

Visualization (mental Imagery) is very powerful. It evokes an appeal to our better selves, a call to become something more than we are at that moment, and it initiates an sense of emotion that continues to help drive us towards our goals. The key is to rehearse the performance in your head. You don’t want to try to picture the entire day or moment all in one shot but take turns practicing visualizing each piece of it, no different than you can’t tackle an entire day in one moment you have to do the same with your visualization. Check out my FOUR Tips to Improving your Mental Imagery (visualization) skills

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5 Basic Principles to Get to Kona World Championships (or just chase your dreams)

Maybe you are someone who has dreamed of racing in Kona on World Championship day.  Maybe you’ve been close multiple times but never totally there.  Maybe you just want to push yourself to see if it is even possible.  Well let me tell you, it is possible, and it is totally worth it, but you are going to have to work for it.  Qualifying for Kona means you are going up against the best of the best in the sport from Professionals to Age Groupers and let me tell you there are some amazing athletes out there across the board.  Now this blog won’t tell you exactly how to qualify from a performance standpoint and it isn’t meant to be a guide in your training but merely a guide in the most important pieces of getting yourself there; five basic principles to help organize your mindset to achieve your dreams of racing on the big island.

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Couer d'Alene 70.3 Race Report

Whew!!! What a season! Four races starting around 8-9 weeks pregnant and ending almost ten weeks later at 19+ weeks it was not how I envisioned my season to go when I planned it out in January of 2019.  All in all I am extremely happy with the race and the day in general. My season ended with a bang at one of my favorite 70.3’s on the circuit, Ironman Couer d’Alene 70.3.  This is my favorite for many reasons; its challenging, its basically a hometown race for me, the run is fast, and the spectators and volunteers are AMAZING making the atmosphere of this race unbelievable for a small town. 

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Stop Standing In Your Own Way

Our biggest limiter is ourselves; we are the ones standing in our own way. We want to be the best at everything we are doing; work, training, relationships, volunteering, being a mom or dad, education, or whatever else it is that we have filled our lives with. While there is nothing wrong with that, in fact it can be very rewarding and motivating to constantly be striving for perfection and success, however it also can be very self destructive. Find out more on the roadblocks we find ourselves in every day that stop us from going after our dreams.

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Kayla Bowker
6 Tips To Running Faster Off The Bike

Being fast in an Ironman (both 1406. and 70.3 distances) really comes down to who can to who is the one who slows down the least. It is very common that around the late stages of a race all of the sudden the wheels fall off and pace drops. Running off the bike seems so easy, you just run right? So why is it that you as you work through your training all of the sudden it seems like you are getting slower during your running. You up your run mileage and it doesn’t seem to help… Running efficiently and in turn faster off the bike is more than just running more; there are a lot of little other factors involved with running faster off the bike. Check out my 6 tips to running faster off the bike!!

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Race With Heart

In a world full of devices, gadgets, social media, and over exposure to all of our lives it is really easy to get caught up not only in what other people are doing but what you believe that your “data” should be. We’ve become so ingrained in our numbers that if we don’t follow our numbers to a tee we panic and totally derail our day. The only question you really must ask yourself is are you giving 110% in that moment? If you are than no matter what the data says you are doing exactly what you should be doing. 

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