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Transplant Athlete
Friday, September 03, 2010
  The Secret To Running...

My Daughter is doing a triathlon on Monday it's a fundraiser for Alex's Lemonade Stand. I think it's going to be one length of the pool, A half mile bike ride, and then approximately a 1/8 mile run. She's tried running/jogging occasionally and she stops after a short while and complains of a pain in her side. I bought some Vibram 5 Fingers awhile ago and I've got a couple runs in on them. She saw me put them on two days ago and she said she wished she had a pair. She has asked me a couple of times to teach her the secret to running...

"Practice" I tell her. Yeah, I know that sounds a lot like the directions to Carnegie Hall...And I also know it's no secret...

Yesterday, someone asked me what made me think I could remodel my kitchen...Did I have skills? How did I get those skills? (He was looking to do the same thing). In a moment of clarity, I told him it takes more confidence than skills to start a project like that. Ever since we had a contractor put the addition on our house, I've been tackling small projects and learning along the way. I would never have been able to do this 10 years ago or even 3 years ago, but small successful projects along the way have built my confidence. These same lessons apply in ultracycling. You start out doing short 30 mile rides, build up to centuries, then you start tackling 200k and 300k brevets, work your way up to a 400k. Inside a 400k, you don't focus on the finish line, you focus on those little milestones - getting to the next control point, getting to the next convenience store, etc.

 

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dealextreme has some 5 fingers for like 30 bucks, fyi. (I have a link to them somewhere if you're interested)
 
Thanks Chris but I think these'll do for awhile.
 
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