Sunday, July 24, 2011

Mental Game

I have been absent from blogging I know. But, I have been working on some mental training. After my thoughts about my poor running at Musselman I am determined to break this downward spiral I have had with my running. I always start the run with a poor attitude and end up almost crying by the end. This has happened in my last 2 races.

I decided I needed something to aide in developing my mental health in the races to come. I got on Amazon and finally ordered a Book I have had in my Wish list for a few months now....

I have read the first few chapters and am so interested in this book. I have completed my Prime Triathlon Profile which is comprised of twelve mental, emotional and competative fators that influence my performance. I have rated myself on a 1-10 scale in all these areas and know what I need to work on. 3 being PAIN, Adversity, and EMOTIONS. These are the 3 right now in need of the most improvement.

I have read about Motivation which is the foundation on which everything I do in triathlon is built. I think I have this one down pat! I am now onto Confidence where I am reading about a viscious cycle or upward spiral and Why triathletes lose confidence. I will keep you updated on this book as I read more!! it is so good and I recommend it to all that are competing whether it is just for fun or competatively!!

On another side note, I joined the Fleet Feet Hot Feet Runs at Green Lakes State Park in Fayetteville, NY today. What awesome inspiring runners! I met a guy who has ran quite a few marathons and is going to tackle the Syracuse Marathon in October as well as a Lady out to run her first 1/2. I was only going to do 45 min of running but it felt so effortless today that I did 7.75 miles in 1:12 min! I should also tell you that My big toe was chaffing on the inside of my sneaker and I was bleeding in my shoe, I started to feel a blister in my arch as well but kept saying I am a runner and will not stop...and I FREAKING DID IT Today!! I felt a little more confidence in my ability to run well after a long bike.                                                                          

I do have a Olympic Distance race this upcoming Sunday where I will be racing with my coach!! I am hoping I can beat last years time!!

Happy training!


  1. That looks like a good book, I know how I'm feeling mentally can definitely make or break a race. I hope you have a great race this weekend!

  2. It's a good book... I may have to read it again as I'm stuggling a lot with the mental game this year! :(

    Great job on the run! And good luck this weekend!