A Confidence Boost Just In Time

by Stephanie on August 21, 2014 · 0 comments

in Triathlon

The last couple of weeks have been full of triathlon-induced anxiety. With my first olympic distance race coming up on August 31st I’ve had escalating doubt.

I’m not ready.

Will I even be able to finish?

Even if I do finish, I’ll be SO slow. Why bother?

Why aren’t I in better shape? And 80 lbs lighter??

All of these questions are fear-based. I’ve never done the distance so I don’t know what to expect. My mind wants to protect me from this scary thing.

Every athlete doubts their training at some point.  The training can should also give you the confidence you need to tackle a new challenge.

Last Sunday I planned to do a brick workout.  That’s triathlon lingo for a two-sport workout.  This one was going to be a 20 mile bike followed by a 2 mile run.

I met my training buddy, Steve, down at the bike path and set up my transition area in the back of my car.  What gear did I have?  For the bike I had Darkwing Bike, helmet, gloves, sunglasses, water bottle and bike shoes.  For the run it was socks and running shoes.


(Ignore the jumper cables.  I didn’t need them.)

It was a nice warm night with a breeze that made for a headwind going out and a tailwind coming back.  We kept a decent pace and made one stop at the park restrooms around mile 12.  Just enough time for a selfie!


(No worries, I was wearing a helmet.  Just giving my head a breather!)

We finished the bike and I was feeling pretty good.  We headed out on the run at slow and steady pace.  My legs were tired but I was surprised with how easy it was to keep moving.  My ankle twinged a couple of times but nothing that a super short walk break couldn’t fix.


(DONE!  Woo hoo!)

The whole workout took about 2 hours.  I felt tired but great.  The olympic triathlon will be tough but now I know i can do it.  That’s good.

How do you gain confidence for a race?



FMM: Randomness!

by Stephanie August 18, 2014

Time to join in on another Friend Makin’ Monday!  If you want to join then post your answers to the questions below and link up on Sarah’s post. 1. If you were given $10,000 and told you could donate it to a single charity of your choosing, what charity would you choose? I think I […]

1 comment Read the full article →

Monday Motivation: Plan vs Reality

by Stephanie August 18, 2014

This is some serious truth, am I right? As a friend of mine pointed out on Facebook, the struggles make the finish much sweeter. This is true, though some struggles are a little much.  I mean, do you see the size of that ladder?! At least the journey will, most likely, leave you with some […]

0 comments Read the full article →

Things I’m Enjoying Lately

by Stephanie August 13, 2014

Yesterday was kind of a downer.  I actually had to cut myself off from Facebook and social media because after a while I found all of the articles about Robin Williams death triggering.  So today I’m going to share some things I’ve been doing lately that have made me happy! My sister, Mindy, was in […]

2 comments Read the full article →

Robin Williams & A Depression Battle Cry

by Stephanie August 12, 2014

I’ve been thinking about Robin Williams all day today.  I was sad when I found out about his passing last night.  I was rocked when I found out it was suicide.  I knew he struggled.  I’d read things.  To imagine the dark, hopelessness of depression encompassing such a huge spirit though.  It’s almost unbelievable. There […]

0 comments Read the full article →

Catching Up

by Stephanie August 5, 2014

You might have noticed that I was completely MIA last week.  As usual that was caused by a pretty bad bout of depression.  It was bad.  I spent a lot of time in bed.  I struggled to do anything from about Sunday through Thursday. I was telling Liz about it today and she responded with […]

0 comments Read the full article →

Monday Motivation: Interested vs Committed

by Stephanie August 4, 2014

When it comes to the half Ironman triathlon, I am committed!

0 comments Read the full article →

Weigh In: DietBet Results

by Stephanie July 24, 2014

If you remember, I needed to lose 10.7 lbs (putting me at 256.9) in 4 weeks to win Brooke’s DietBet.  It ended on Tuesday so I weighed in. So I didn’t win the bet.  It sucks that I won’t get any money out of the pot but I refuse to be upset about this.  I lost […]

3 comments Read the full article →

What We Tell Ourselves VS What We Do

by Stephanie July 23, 2014

I read an article posted in a Facebook group yesterday afternoon.  In typical internet fashion the title was super catchy:  The 60 Second Guide to Learning the Awful Truth About Yourself. Doesn’t that sound like the kind of article you want to read?  I’m not sure I would have except it was recommended by someone I […]

0 comments Read the full article →

Sunday Summary: Olympic Tri Training Week 2

by Stephanie July 22, 2014

I didn’t get my workout summary post up on Sunday but it’s going up today.  Thanks for that kind person that followed the spirit of #justtrollin and #tribelove and asked me where it was! The hill repeats were tough.  Sheesh.  At first I was all “sprint up the hill!”  Then I came to my senses and […]

0 comments Read the full article →