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107 Posts authored by: Active Toby

Before you head out for your weekend, check out some of this week's best posts from the Cool Running and Active communities:


•     Half the Year is Gone...What have you Done?

“I've been gone for awhile...I've been rehabing a right leg injury since the end of May and have only run about 13 miles since then but have been continuing with my cross training.”

•     Jay’s Week That Was: Baltimore 1 of 16

“I am now officially in training for the Baltimore Marathon on October 11. I hope that this blog will illustrate what training to race 26.2 miles can look like, at least for this 38-year-old husband/father/teacher. There is no way to know how (or even if) I will finish, but this will be the real journey.”

•     Ammonia Smelling Sweat

“Sometimes when I run a long training run (upwards of 12 miles or so) at the end, I feel like I can "taste" or "smell" ammonia. I've always assumed that this is caused by my body depleting all my glycogen stores and going into ketosis.”

•     Keeping Motivated and Fighting Burnout

“Today I had really tough run. At eight miles, it wasn't necessarily the distance this time, but I think I've been a little sore for some time. Anyway, it was the most worn out I've felt for some time and I think I'm starting to lose a bit of spirit and motivation. Lately I've been feeling a little frustrated that I haven't been improving as quickly as I'd like.”

•     FYI: Less than six months until Christmas.

Just trying to cool things off a bit. Hope it helps. BTW, I want a Garmin 405 and some good motion control trail running shoes. Oh, and whirled peas.

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Before you head out for your weekend, check out some of this week's best posts from the Cool Running and Active communities:


•     Trail shoes, might buy mailorder for first time

“I need some shoes for offroad running. I'm not an "Ultra" guy, but I do all my running on fields and through forests. I need some new shoes but don't really have much to choose from at stores here, so I'm thinking of going mail order and would really like it to work out on the first attempt, which is why I'm asking here.”

•     Beer for my horses, whiskey for my men!

“It has been a while since we skirted this topic and with the many new faces I decided to start a good beer thread. Tonight I had a beer that I picked up in California. It's a brew I have never heard of but man is it good.”

•     Everyone's next race?

“What are others planning on running next? My next one that I call official is in Vermont at the end of January(I mean July). I plan on running a fast 2 mile race on July 4th. but the big event is in Vermont.”

•     Wish me luck at the U.S. women's Sprint Tri this Sunday

“I'm as ready as one can be for this triathlon on Sunday. I'm excited about it. My goal is to make it under 1 1/2 hours. I can do the swim in 12 minutes or less, bike in under 40 and run in 30. The transitions will get me as I have to go to the bathroom more often and think I'll have to go each transitions. LOL!”

•     How can I swim faster?

“I've done about 5 sprint tri's and I'm really slow on the swim. I can do the distance. I don't know if I should focus on kicking more or there is something about my form, or I'm just not strong enough.”

•     Too soon to run a 1/2 marathon?

“I am on week five of the couch to 5K from There is a half marathon on Oct 11 I want to run. That would mean I would finish my couch to 5K program the third week of July and jump right into the build up for the half-marathon.”

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Before you head out for your weekend, check out some of this week's most best posts from the Cool Running and Active communities:


•     Performance drinks

“What are your preferences and why? I've used Accelerade (power). A little too chalky and it seems difficult to disolve. And it's nasty in a Camelbak since it's too hard to clean. Yesterday I bought some Cytomax.”

•     Long Runs in San Francisco, Water Stops?

“I'm going to be in San Francisco later this week (6/19-20) and would like to do a long run (maybe 16 miles or thereabouts). I'm staying at the Westin Hotel, Market and 3rd. I would like some recommendations for a route and also any info on water availability”

•     1/2 Marathon Trainers, Week of June 15th

“Question for all - in your training for HM's have you ran the actual distance before race day? A lot of the plans seem to have you run the distance for the first time on race day. I take some comfort mentally in knowing I have run a distance before. Thoughts?”

•     Long Run Updates (Version 2008)

“As many of you remember from last year, we started a thread dedicated specifically to comments on our weekly long runs. I know that it was a consistent source of motivation for me, and the requisite deviations off topic were often hilarious. Anyway, I thought it would be fun to bring it back as we start getting into our training for this year's MCM.”

•     I've run 2 5K's this year. Is a sprint triathlon to ambitious?

“Question: There is a sprint triathlon in Sept (.4 mile swim-13 K bike-5K run) that I have been eyeing. Is this too ambitious for a newbie? The most daunting tasks seem to be the transitions from swim to bike to run.”

•     Bike cases for airplane travel

“I would like to avoid buying the most expensive bells and whistles case on the market, but I also don't want to sacrifice the safety of the bike by buying something too cheap. Any thoughts on specific brands or models? Styles (soft case versus hard case) Caster wheels? Any pitfalls experienced traveling triathletes can note for me to avoid?”

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Before you head out for your weekend, check out some of this week's most best posts from the Cool Running and Active communities:


•     Why was the swim so hard?

“Ok, so I'm not the greatest swimmer, but I raced ina tri today (first time) and the swim was only 200meters... I thought I was well prepared, but I got in and started swimming and around the first buoy all of a sudden I felt like I was about to have an asthma attack...”

•     Calcium Question

“I know our resident nutrionist is a busy little beaver these days, but maybe someone else can help. I've been thinking of cutting out red meat and dairy all together. I'll still get my protein from seafood and the occasional chicken, but is taking Vitamin D and calcium supplements good enough to cover the dairy loss?”

•     Time or distance?

“Do the posters here run distance? Time? A combination? I have always set my runs for just distance, but I am beginning to think that I need to change my schedule to get better times . . .”

•     Trouble with my running

“The problem that I keep getting into is when I run I will be doing great at first, but then my side will cramp up and my legs will sort of ache up, leading me to walk for a second. When I go to run again my side is fine but my legs are more sore than when I stopped to walk. Does anyone have advice of what I can do to get past this threshold and run for a much longer distance?”

•     Why am I gaining weight?

“I am training for a marathon. I am now up to 35 miles a week. I thought I'd lose weight but I was surprised to weigh myself today and find I have gained 4 lbs.”

•     Want To Run 50k On My 50th (Apr '09) , Realistic or Not?

“I want to do my first 50k on the weekend I turn 50. Is that a realistic goal? I am not really doing any training right now, my time line to start seriously is August 01.”

•     Want a Protein snack low in fat yet easy to carry

“Does anyone know of a good low fat, high protein snack that is easy to carry and eat? Until I find something better, I'm using South Beach High Protein bars (Peanut Butter) but they have 5 grams of fat, and worse, 2 of those grams are saturated. So I'm looking for something with characteristics of Kashi Go Lean cereal (13G protein, 1G fat) BUT that is easy to carry to an informal meeting at work.”

•      I can't help it, I have to.

“I tried this running malarkey one before - i think I got to about week 6 of c25k, but it was so painful for my knees I ended up so I was supposed to walk with a stick. The doctor did a test for arthritis and ruled that out, then said "don't run then." which I sulked about for a while and eventually tried to forget about running.”

•      Dog attack

“Forgive me if this is a repeat. I just can't get the experience out of my mind. I was out in my own neighborhood Saturday morning for a jog. I had my MP3 player on with a great song. The weather was hot, but beautiful. All of a sudden something tackled me from behind.”

•     1/2 Marathon Trainers, Week of June 8th

“I have a funny MRI story. Last October I was at my job (nurse in a convelescent home). I had been running my usual, about 12 miles a week, and I had this pain behind my knee for over a week. I bent down at work to crank a bed, and when I stood up, the pain behind my knee went away.”

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Before you head out for your weekend, check out some of this week's most best posts from the Cool Running and Active communities:


•     Other Sunday Runs

“I went into this with no great expectations. It was advertised as a "challenging" course (we all know what that means - it ain't flat) and I had a mediocre 13 mile run last weekend.”


•     Breast stroke versus freestyle

“Hi I was hoping to get some ideas and thoughts on my swimming. I am hoping to complete an Olympic triathlon this summer after completing 3 sprint triathlons in the past. I am 44 years old and have never learned how to swim freestyle but so far completed the races by swimming the breast stroke.”


•     Donating blood

“Ok, I'm due. I need to donate blood. Why? Because I can and I should. After donating blood, I will not run for at least 2 days. Obviously the O2 carriers are on the rebound so the body will need to rest a bit.... thus I'll cut back on effort for a little while. But how long?”


•     MCM/SD 100-mile relay!

“Idea: Toby is running 100 miles by himself this weekend. We support our community and we're all runners ourselves. We should have a nation-wide 100-mile relay... we could all chip in some miles to morally support Toby!”


•     Little encouragement needed on lack of speed

“First, let me start by sharing my victorious start to the weeked.....I went out this morning and completed week 5, day 3 of the C25K program, and made it through the 20min!! I am elated!”


•     bike before swim training

“i just started training for my first sprint and am finding that it is easier for me to bike and then swim, as opposed to swim then bike (as my training plan tells me). i feel strong in both areas, mostly worried about the is it ok to reverse the order of my training?”


•     Marathon Trainers, Week of June 1st

“A general question to all. As my runs are increasing in distance and time, I am wondering when I need to start thinking about carrying water. Thoughts?”

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Endurance Weekly: 5/5

Posted by Active Toby May 8, 2008

The latest comic from Frazz creator and noted triathlete Jef Mallett:


Check out this roster of 15 green sports stars


Active Expert, Bruce Hildenbrand previews the Giro d'Italia that starts Saturday


Even with the torch atop Everest, Olympics are clouded

Climbing Everest because it's there is inspiring. Climbing Everest because it's in Tibet is not nearly so heartwarming, particularly to an international audience that is still trying to sort through the ethics of getting enthusiastic about August's Beijing Olympics. Read full story



Make doping a crime, says Lewis

Olympic legend Carl Lewis has called on governments around the world to make the use of banned substances in sport a criminal offense. Read full story


Shave valuable time in you bike-to-run triathlon transitions by installing a quick-lace system:


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Active Endurance Weekly

Posted by Active Toby Apr 9, 2008

Active Endurance Weekly: 4/7


Ryan Hall is back in London for the London Marathon on April 13, check out the racing news at Runner’s World, where Hall says I don't think I've ever been this fit in my life" and listen to a podcast with Hall over at TFS.


There have been 19 world records set in the sport of swimming and 18 of them using one suit - the Speedo LZR Racer since its debut in February, 2008. Swimsuit manufacturer/competitor, Arena, is pushing the governing body of the sport, FINA, to ban the Speedo suit on the grounds that it is illegal. The swimsuit debate continues.




It looks like Polo Ralph Lauren Corp. will be the official outfitter for the U.S. team at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. Here is the article in the Wall Street Journal.


Have you heard the latest craze over the detoxifying magic of apple cider vinegar?

Check out this and the 10 Outrageous Diet Scams at Mark Sission’s Daily Apple.


Set your TiVo tonight because the Ironman World Championship 70.3 will air on NBC April 12.

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(March 12, 2008 Los Angeles) This spring, fundraising for charities will take on a whole

new spin. On June 28, thousands of Spinning® enthusiasts across the country will join

actress Fran Drescher and other actors, athletes and enthusiasts to make the U.S. a

“Spinning® Nation”. The largest fundraising event of its kind, registered fundraisers will

participate in four consecutive one-hour classes conducted in licensed Spinning®

facilities throughout the 50 states. Each rider will have raised at least $250 in pledges,

and collected funds will be donated to Athletes for a Cure, The AIDS Research Alliance

and The Cancer Schmancer Movement.


Response to “Spinning® Nation” has already been overwhelming. According to Scott

Zagarino, Executive Director of event-developer Sportsgrants, Inc., over 150 clubs

signed up to participate during the first 10 days of registration. “We designed the event

to accommodate up to 500 clubs which we thought was a very ambitious goal,” said

Zagarino. “However, we have experienced such enthusiastic support for ‘Spinning®

Nation’ we may have to expand the parameters to include more clubs who want to take



“Spinning® Nation” will be a day that marks several firsts in event fundraising. Mad

Dogg Athletics Inc., owners of the Spinning® trademark, has for the first time endorsed a

single nationwide charitable event, and health clubs from coast to coast have never before

joined together to simultaneously conduct the same charitable program. In addition, this

will be the first time three charitable organizations with diverse constituencies have ever

partnered for a single event, one of the goals of the Sportsgrants, Inc. organization. “In

2007, various charity events held in the US raised 43 billion dollars, but at a cost of 57

billion dollars,” commented Zagarino. “We hope to change that fundraising paradigm

through Sportsgrants, Inc. by fostering innovative ideas and cooperation among

foundations, businesses and private citizens that result in effective fundraising with

minimum overhead and maximum benefit to the people and organizations who need our

help the most.”


According to John Baudhuin, CEO of Mad Dogg Athletics, there are currently 165,000

licensed Spinning® instructors and over 1 million people attending a Spinning® class

every week. “We are proud to choose ‘Spinning® Nation’ as our first nationwide

fundraising effort, “ Badhuin said. “It is fantastic to be able to channel the enthusiasm

people have for Spinning® towards fighting some of the world’s most devastating



Fran Drescher, who is president of Cancer Schmancer, is delighted to be part of this

groundbreaking event as well. “I’m absolutely thrilled that Cancer Schmancer has been

included as part of the Spinning® Nation fundraising event. I will do everything in my

power to make the day a success and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for helping

us realize our goal to ensure that all women’s cancers get diagnosed in Stage One when

they’re most curable.”


Athletes for a Cure is a sports fundraising initiative of the Prostate Cancer Foundation.

Prostate Cancer is the most common non-skin cancer in America, effecting 1 in 6 men.

The AIDS Research Alliance is a national leader in fast-track independent AIDS

research, seeking to develop a cure for AIDS and develop strategies to prevent new HIV

infections. Thirty-three million people are currently diagnosed with HIV/AIDS.



Media Contact:

Kathy Jones

Halo Group



For more information:

Spinning Nation

Athletes for a Cure

The Aids Research Alliance

The Cancer Schmancer Movement


Visit the Spinning® Nation Online Community

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Cycle safety campaign in London:



Velonews posted the column, Questions about the Cupertino crash... , written By Bob Mionske, that asks some important questions about media bias and cyclist safety resulting from the fatal accident in SF last week.


How would you like to be able to run any race in 4 weeks? Active Expert Matt Fitzgerald gives us the skinny on nonlinear periodization.


Our own Active Expert, Joe Decker gets interviewed by Endurance Planet about taking on Barklay 100, arguably the world’s toughest 100 mile race. Listen to the interview


While we’re on the topic of impossibly difficult events, check out this video from Pittsfield Peaks Ultra Challenge - Death Division



You can expect barbed wire, mud boggin, wood choppin, tunnels, deep water diving, running, crawling, crying, screaming, and sweating. Doubtful you'll finish but be proud of yourself for trying. for more info.


Do you dream of toeing the line in Hopkinton? Check out this discussion of the fastest marathon courses . You just might get the extra edge to qualify for next year’s Boston Marathon!

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TCSD (Triathlon Club San Diego) released a preview of their 2008 race apparel:


For those of you coming down from your weekend runner’s high, check out this article posted by Active Expert Charles Stuart Platkin, where researchers have finally demonstrated the existence of an 'endorphin driven runner's high'. 


Do you get enough sleep? Check out this study released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggesting that Americans aren’t getting their Zzzz’s.


Did your favorite marathon make the list? Check out the Guide to Some of the Best Marathons in North America and let us know.


"You can't keep those women down, you can't get them back in the kitchen." Read the full story to find out which major marathon event director has his foot in his mouth.


Listen to this podcast from Endurance Planet, where USAT Coach Troy Jacobson answers a question about strength training for the marathon, finishing strong in a 70.3, and full Iron-distance event.


And last and certainly not least, ActiveX: ARMaggedon

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Hey everyone, Trish and Toby here. This month we've created a guide to our best seasonal articles to help you maintain a healthy lifestyle throughout the holidays. No matter what your active passion may be, we've got you covered.



With holiday feasts right around the corner and weather that can diminish our motivation to train, it is not uncommon to pack on a few extra pounds this time of year. Active Expert Charles Stuart Platkin’s article, The Diet Detective: Fall Into Healthy Eating Habits, offers valuable tips for maintaining fitness without a compromise in performance at winter races and ensures a return to peak form in the spring.



Have you ever heard the saying, “athletes are made in the off season”? Now's the time to target your weaknesses and build proper technique and habits to lead into a successful racing season. Check out Boost Your Endurance in 7 Simple Steps and get the most from your off-season training.



Basketball season is upon us and it’s time for fundamental workouts with and without the basketball. Mississippi State basketball coach, Sharon Fanning, shares a 45-minute Workout that will developing confidence, coordination, strength, timing, and stamina on the hardwood.



Indoor Climbing Gyms Offer Year-round Fun Fitness and a nice break from the treadmill and stationary bike routine. Don’t let the winter elements take you off belay—utilize indoor climbing gyms to build stamina and confidence in a controlled environment. When the weather warms enough to head outdoors, you’ll be in peak condition.


Activities of Interest:

Check out Sacramento Winter Softball Camp  by Olympic gold medalists Tairia Flowers and Natasha Watleyto hone your softball skills at the plate and in the field. Focus will be on increasing offensive power, slapping techniques, defensive fundamentals and pitching development. This camp will also feature practice-structure tips and drills along with valuable college recruiting advice from the pros.


Take advantage of The Classic Y-100, one of the last century rides of the year on November 25 in Ormond Beach, Florida. Crank out 100 in this inaugural ride that promises a beautiful route leading north along the Intracoastal waterway through parks and along the Atlantic coast. This event features a great safe route for beginners as well as 65- and 35-mile routes.


Folks in Southern California have already begun to register for the 2008 Carlsbad Marathon and Half Marathon on January 20. This was Toby’s first half marathon back in 2006 and he recommends it for runners of all abilities because of the fast course and beautiful ocean view.


See your training bear fruit at the oldest Ironman-distance triathlon held in the continental United States. Check out one of five 2008 Vineman events: Ironman 70.3, full Vineman, sprint tri at sundown, women's half or Aquabike during this weekend-long triathlon celebration.

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Hey everyone, Trish and Toby here. We’re firm believers that the active lifestyle involves more than just being physically active--it’s about being intellectually and socially active too. We compiled a list of 10 tips for being active in all areas of life. Because no matter what stage of life you are in, you should always strive to be the best version of yourself.


1. Maintain a positive mental outlook. There's a clear connection between living well and having a cheerful outlook on life. Research has found that people who think positively about life live an average of seven and a half years longer than negative thinkers.  


2. Avoid processed food. Eating processed, boxed, canned and frozen meals guarantee that you are eating unnecessary chemicals, sodium, sugar and fat. Eat fresh, natural food and eliminate trans fat from your diet.


3. Reduce stress. We're so focused on being go-getters that we often forget to de-stress. Spend 30 minutes a day doing something you like--walk on the beach or in a park, read a book, visit a friend, play with your dog, listen to soothing music or watch a funny movie. Don't forget to take some time to focus on clearing your thoughts and giving your mind, body and spirit a chance to rejuvenate.


4. Invest in a quality pair of shoes and socks. Visit a specialty store that understands that every foot and foot strike is unique. When your feet are happy, so are you. Comfortable, supportive and well-fitting shoes and synthetic socks are worth the investment of time and money.


5. Socialize. Having a social network is important to the body, mind and spirit. People who are socially active tend to be healthier, happier and less likely to become depressed. To stay socially active, make a point of getting out of the house. Make plans with your friends to go out to lunch or better yet, make plans to exercise regularly with a friend or group of friends. Exercising with others is usually more fun than exercising on your own--and it can help you stick with your exercise program. Try joining our online community today!


6. Exercise your brain. The key to keeping your memory sharp is continuing to challenge it. Having a book on hand and discussing what you’ve read with friends or a book club is one way to keep your brain in good shape. Crosswords, Sudoku and puzzles are also excellent ways to keep your brain agile. There is always more learning to do. Find out what works for you.


7. Volunteer. Donating your time at an aid station during a race or soup kitchen over the holidays, puts life into perspective. Be thankful for all you have and give to others who are less fortunate.


8. Omit high fructose corn syrup from your diet. Widespread use of this highly modified sweetener is making us and our children unhealthy. High fructose corn syrup bypasses the digestive process and goes straight to the liver, where it gets turned into fat. Combined with the typical American high-fat diet, the result is increased danger of obesity, diabetes and heart disease. Try using honey as sweetener instead. As an added bonus, ingesting locally grown honey before allergy season helps your body acclimate to some pollen levels in advance.


9. Maintain close relationships. Make a point to strengthen ties with your family, friends and loved ones. Volunteer work, religious ties, even petsanything that keeps you involved with othersreduces stress and enhances health. Having a strong network of family and friends and a broad range of activities will support your health.


10. Give yoga a try. You’ll be amazed at the difference it makes when your body is limber and flexible. Plus, yoga reduces the chances of injury. Try a beginning yoga class to enjoy the wide range of benefits--your mind and body will both thank you.


Comments are encouraged--please share your tips for staying healthy and active with the rest of us.

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Marathon Mania

Posted by Active Toby Oct 3, 2007

Marathon Mania is here!



Whether you’re thinking about giving a marathon a try or you’re a seasoned veteran, we’ve created this special section Marathon Mania with you in mind. The section includes:


•     Training and nutrition strategies for every level of marathoner

•     Marathon News and Reviews, including race reviews--helpful for planning a future destination marathon and to get you ready for what to expect in your next marathon

•     A tool to search for marathons and half marathons in your city of choice

•     A marathon community, where you can post and respond to discussions and blogs from fellow marathoners. You can even create your very own blog to keep us up-to-date with your training

•     Active Running Experts Jeff Galloway, Matt Fitzgerald and Martin Dugard on marathons and marathon training through blogs and articles   


Be sure to join in the marathon season this year with Marathon Mania!

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Ironman champion interviewed

Posted by Active Toby Sep 14, 2007

Last night I attended an interview of Normann Stadler, the two-time reining Ironman world champion. The interview was organized by Competitor Magazine and the Triathlon Club of San Diego. The newly-opened Coastal Sports & Wellness Medical Center was kind enough to host the couple hundred triathletes who showed up for the Chipotle burritos and live interview with host Bob Babbitt. 

Stadler kept the audience entertained with his German accent and anecdotes of his younger days winning races in his homeland. It was amusing to learn that Stadler actually fears swimming in the ocean and trains primarily in the pool. Among recapping last year’s win in Kona, the controversy between him and Chris McCormick resurfaced once again, because we all love drama and it’s good for the sport, right?


It was interesting to learn that Germany, Stadler’s country of origin, has developed quite the following for triathlon. In fact, last year Germany broadcasted live race-day coverage from Kona, Hawaii--logging over 23-million viewers! The third weekend of October, Germany will again broadcast the Ironman world championship as the sport continues to grow in popularity. Last year, coverage aired in the US on December 9 with a similar schedule expected this year. You can always log-on to the web for live race-day coverage (check out the Ironman website for more info).


What I think worth mentioning is the fact that in most parts of the country (except, perhaps, San Diego, birthplace of triathlon), most people wouldn't recognize this international icon if they passed him on the street. But to the room full of triathletes who gathered for the interview, Stadler represents the pinnacle of triathlon excellence. Each individual in that room who trains and aspires to compete in races of all distances is inspired by what Stadler stands for.


Thus, leaving the interview I was fired up and excited for the weekend as I am an Active Warrior! I drove straight to my local bike shop and picked up my bicycle, which just had the chain replaced. When I got home and flipped-on the television to an interview of Lokelani McMichael, the youngest female Ironman competitor. This got me even more pumped-up so I organized and set out my cycling gear on the floor of my room for my ride into work this morning before calling it a night.


So ask yourself this: What inspires you? I mean, what makes your heart beat fast and gives you goose-bumps? What stirs those bottled up emotions in a call-to-action? What does it take to get you off that couch and outside? Find that heart and feed it what it needs to strive and take you places: physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.

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Last month we addressed the importance of setting S.M.A.R.T. goals for ensuring a path to success. Whether your goal is to run a marathon, shed some pounds or help your team make the playoffs, staying motivated will get you there. I teamed up with Trish Oberhaus, the team sports specialist, to discuss strategies that will keep you on track to reach your goals.


There will always be obstacles along the way to reaching your goal. When you encounter hardships or setbacks, stay focused by using positive self-talk. Self-talk is the internal dialog that reflects and creates our emotional states. Your self-talk can influence your self-esteem, energy level, performance and even your health.


According to sports psychologist Dr. Andrew Jacobs, a study on negativity and positive thinking found that the average person requires 12 positive statements to overcome one negative statement. For example, if you say that hitting a certain pitcher is "too difficult," you have to say "I can hit this pitcher" 12 times in order to give you a better chance to make it.


So what is the solution? Use awareness and practice to change your negative self-talk. The first step in beating the cycle is recognizing how often you think negatively. The second step is substituting positive thoughts for the negative ones. Instead of telling yourself "I feel slow and tired" remind yourself that "I will keep my pace and finish strong."


In addition to saying the positive statement, visualize yourself being successful in your mind, and see yourself doing it over and over. Once you become aware of your negative thinking, and substitute the negative thoughts with positive ones, you will have a much greater chance at succeeding.

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