Take a step back and think about that question and how it relates to your athletic goals. What obstacle is standing between you and your next (or first) race? Got one?
Now, instead of only focusing on the obstacle(s), let’s turn things around. What are you willing to do to get past your obstacles and reach your goal? How badly do you want “it”? IT is that sprint triathlon, Ironman, 5k, marathon, ultra marathon, open water swim, etc. that you can see out on the horizon.
As a coach, I am here to help you challenge yourself, conquer the things that hold you back, and enjoy every minute. Here’s how we’re going to make it happen…
“#1. If you want to do something you’ve never done before, then it’s time to cross the boundaries of your comfort zone. Training for an endurance sport can be uncomfortable at times; you might ask yourself why you’re putting yourself through that discomfort. Remember, the point is to do something you’ve never done before. Try something new and you might find yourself getting more confident, stronger, fitter, faster, and even inspiring others.”
Get outside your comfort zone.
“#2. Training for an endurance sport takes time and hard work. And, if you invest yourself in the process, the rewards are big. Make sure you have realistic expectations for what you’d like to achieve and then implement a plan that will get you there. If you are unsure what your training program should entail, ask me.”
“#3. If you’re new to endurance sports, I don’t blame you if you feel overwhelmed. Are you wondering what you got yourself into? And freaked out about the open water swim in that triathlon you want to do? That’s okay! In order to conquer your fear, you have to have a plan for how you’re going to deal with it. Find some training buddies, get a coach (pick me!), make a plan, and get to it.”
Conquer your fears.
“#4. If you are struggling to balance triathlon workouts with your family, work, and social life, remember moderation. Think about your priorities and see where you might be unbalanced. Too much work? Not enough play? Just because you are training for an endurance event does not mean that life outside of your running shoes must cease to exist. Find a good balance and you’ll be an endurance athlete for life.”
Train in moderation.
“#5. Have you ever said, “I’d love to do a 5k/triathlon/Ironman/ultra/marathon BUT…” But what? You don’t know what you’re doing? You don’t have the time to commit? You want to drop 10 pounds first? You’ll do it next year? You’ll start tomorrow? Give yourself the chance, don’t be afraid to ask for help, and before you know it you’ll be on your way to success.”
Give up your doubts.
“#6. No more sidelines for you. If you’ve been thinking about doing something for a while, but you haven’t acted on your dream…well, thinking will only get you so far. Instead of wondering what if feels like to run or bike or swim (or to do all 3!), experience it for yourself. Sometimes you just need to experience something to learn how to do it.”
Dive in and start learning.
“#7. As adults, we have a hard time learning new tricks. I hate to break it to you, but mistakes are impossible to avoid. However, this is a judgment-free arena. If it’s been a while since you tried something new, you might find yourself frustrated, embarrassed, and feeling like you’re never going to improve. If you mess something up, who cares? Just reset, and either start over or keep moving forward.”
“#8. In order to keep sight of your goals, first you need to set goals. The path you take to your next objective might be a little less than linear, but forward progress is forward progress. Never lose sight of the reason why you get up at 5am, work out during your lunch hour, or stop at the gym/track/pool on your way home from work.”
Sight your goals.
“#9. The water bottle is always half full, even when your muscles ache, you forget your lucky swim goggles, or you have a serious case of the Mondays. Don’t back yourself into a corner, or talk yourself out of something before you even get started. Give yourself a chance!”
Use positive self-talk.
“#10. Find something that you enjoy and start moving. If you like the water, swim. If you love the trails, hike or run. If you want to cover a lot of distance, hop on your bike. When all else fails, move. If you move, you will find motivation to keep going.”
Find your own motivation.
“#11. Training and racing are not always about conquering obstacles. Take the time to celebrate when you achieve a goal.”
Take time to celebrate.
And I probably hate burpees as much as you do.
Conquer whatever is holding you back. I invite you to check out how we can work together and also read some success stories. Then, please return your seats to the upright position and put away your tray tables, because it’s time to get started. How? Send me a message.
Coaching endurance sports is a big part of my life, but I also enjoy adventure, balance, and creativity – check out my blog, The Honu Life.
Get one-on-one coaching that is individualized and focused on your current goals. Sessions are available for open water swimming and functional strength training.
An effective training plan provides support and accountability while reducing injury. Find personalized training plans that are event and distance-specific.
Together we can identify your obstacles and make a plan to conquer each one. Set goals, plan for your next event, and find out how to get in quality workouts.
“Carrie was patient and let me learn at my own pace, however slow that needed to be. She instilled the confidence to overcome my fear, and after swimming my first ever length of a pool, she turned me into a 1500m open-water swimmer in less than 8 weeks in time to complete the 2013 London Tri.”
“After committing to my first triathlon, I immediately realized I was going to need professional help. Carrie got me through my early anxieties and goal-setting. We worked together again for my first 70.3. Her swim, bike, run plan was effective (and fun) and she got me through all the jitters and race!”
“Carrie’s formal education and training support her devotion as a professional trainer and coach. She is truly unique, and I highly recommend her to anyone, at any level of fitness, who is looking for a results-oriented and caring coach.”