Nutrition Rules of Thumb for Racing and Training

Dialing in your nutrition in racing and training is daunting and complex, when you nail your nutrition you feel so much strength but when it goes bad it can go really really bad…. Part of my goal as a coach and through this blog post is to help change the mindset that calories and fueling our bodies during training is detrimental to us.  I want you to start thinking of fueling during training and racing as consuming calories during training and racing as providing your body with the support needed in order for your body to perform at its absolute highest ability; calories are fuel and fuel is strength and fuel is performance.  The calories consumed during training and racing are the fuel our bodies need in order to optimize our performance and recovery.

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An Athlete's Favorite Mantras to Dig a Little Bit Deeper

You are stronger than you think you are and your body is much stronger than your brain thinks it is. We say a lot of things to ourselves when we are deep in the pain cave of a race, or even when it is a hard day of training. We train ourselves to be mentally tougher than the person next to us, and it takes something different for every single person. It is these little pieces that when you are deep in the hurt locker that you can grab onto to light that fire deep within you to help you put one foot in front of the other. In this post find out what not only myself but other athletes as well do to help keep themselves out of the darkness.

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January 2019 Monthly Recap

With that moving forward in 2019 I am going to share a bit more of the journey that started all of this, the journey of an age group triathlete doing everything she can to be great, with you all through monthly recaps regarding my own training. In these recaps I’ll chat all things triathlon that happened during the run, share the good and the bad, anything I learned, a high level idea of what I did for the month and every once in a while favorite workout for each of the disciplines. I hope that you enjoy these, and that maybe the journey will not only provide you with some education yourself and maybe inspire you to go after your own crazy journey.

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5 Tips to Finding the Comfort in the Uncomfortable

Being uncomfortable whether it be physical, mental, emotional, or even spiritually can be very scary.  Your comfort zone is this wonderful little bubble that gives the illusion of protection and when you step outside of it your mind instantly senses danger and begs you to crawl back into that bubble.  Read more for 5 tips to getting comfortable with being uncomfortable.

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[Mindset] Changing Your Self Talk

As a coach, and athlete, I preach a lot about positive thinking and positive self talk to my athletes. Honestly, I preach it to myself OFTEN as I have to constantly remind myself to think positively to take the negative thoughts and turn them into positive thoughts on a regular basis. I truly and whole heartily believe in positive self talk, not only does it boost your confidence but it is a great way to develop a mindset that challenges the obstacles you are facing as well as giving you the courage and confidence to stand back up when you fail. The mind is a very powerful feature and is so very often under utilized in our daily lives from a powerful standpoint.

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Choosing Your "Word" of the Year for 2019

This idea of setting a word of the year on top of your yearly goals came from this need for something more than just a list of goals. A word is something that you can really nurture, nurture, pull on during each of the journey’s through my goals, and something that would support those goals that I had just set. Picking a word can be overwhelming, lets face there are SO MANY words out there that can illicit an emotional response. Read more for three simple little steps towards helping you find that word that gives you the goosebumps so that you can use it for 2019.

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5 Tips for Running In the Elements

Running in the elements is all about how you dress, dress properly you really can make it enjoyable and/or manageable.  Here are my five tips to preparing yourself to run in the elements and hopefully make it more enjoyable so that you don’t start to go a little stir crazy on the dread-mill.

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Kayla Bowker
[#IMIWLQ703] End of the 2018 Season

The 2018 season has officially ended, and boy did it end on a fabulous note!!! While my official race season ended at Kona it had not ended with a few of the athletes on the Where Your Feet Take You Team which means that it was not over, and I got to live vicariously through each of these athletes as they went on their way towards reaching their goals. I am blessed to have had the opportunity to spectate and support my athletes at both Ironman Arizona and most recently at the inaugural Ironman 70.3 Indian Wells La Quinta.

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Does The Off Season Really Mean Off?

Does the off season really mean that you take the season off of training? As I was prepping for a chat with my athletes about the off season I cam across Matt Dixon’s podcast “Take a Break But Don’t Be  a Sloth” broke an athletes seasonal mindset into three parts, and I really liked his thought process on the three phases. Find out more about the WYFTY thought process on the off season.

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