Saturday, February 28, 2009

Week 1 in Tucson....

The first week in Tucson has flown by, as I am sure the next 4 will. The weather has been nothing short of perfect (45-55* and dry at night, 80-90* sunny and not that windy during the day) and the training has been fantastic. The body is starting to feel good again and I am optimistic about being fit enough to go well in April. I will get a little better picture in another few weeks.
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This week is also moving week in the Johnson household. Curt and Erin Johnson are the couple that I am living with here in Tucson and are moving themselves, their stuff, 2 puppers and a bum athlete :) into a new place. Luckily, the move in and move out dates overlap and the new place is about a mile away, so there is no rush on getting stuff over there. Tomorrow will be the "big stuff" day with the Uhaul. No need to strength train...
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On the last blog I talked about the mind/body connection and how doing well in life, really goes hand in hand with doing well in sport. The reality is that sport is just sport, it is fantastic....but it can also go away in a second....and will go away at some point. When you view it in that light and focus on the rest of your life most of the time, the pressure is gone and you will probably find that you are going just as well, if not faster. This is key to enjoyment and longevity.
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Focus on making your daily life better. Ask yourself what you need to be happier....at work, at home, socially, or emotionally? Are you living the way that you want to live? Are you the happiest person that you can be? If not, how can you change it...or at least get the ball rolling to change it? Once you do, or start to....everything else will just fall into place....
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With training(I am learning with this one:), don't obsess over numbers, other athletes/people, or things that you can't change(non-controllables). Just get out the door, love it, work hard and then leave it! You will find it to be a great outlet for the rest of your life. If you have an injury that you are working through, it is tough...I know, I have been there. But in the big picture it is just a blip on the life screen. Come up with a plan that includes everything you can do and stick to it....enjoy THAT process, and before you know it, you'll be back 100%.

Alright, I'll wrap this one up. I hope everyone is having a great weekend. Wisconsinites, hang in there....less than 3 weeks until spring....I will see you all in April. Everyone else...who seems to have great weather right now, enjoy it!
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I promise the next entry will be a little more light hearted!

BB:)

Monday, February 23, 2009

Flipping The Switch....


The above pic is from Australia this last winter and is of our group after riding up to the summit at Falls Creek.
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Those of you that are closest with me, know that I have been going through a bit of a "funk" over the last month. Most of it came from lacking a little direction in both life and racing. I think that everyone goes through periods like this, especially if you are an athlete...that is why it is so important to surround yourself with good friends who can help keep you positive and have a great life outside of sport. That is exactly where I put my focus over the last 5 weeks, hoping that it would help me find my mojo again. What do you know....it worked.
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Many people, including myself, talk about the mind-body connection in sport....in order to perform at your peak physically, you have to be in a good spot mentally.
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I am now in Tucson, Arizona after briefly stopping in Boulder for a few days. Needless to say, I have had a lot of time to think through things in the soccer-mom minivan. A few days ago, on my final day of driving, I finally came to feel good about my plan for the coming year....and beyond. I believe in the plan and am excited about it...these are two things that you can't force, they are either there or they are not. Something that everyone can take from this is to not settle on something that you aren't sure about...keep searching, talking to those that matter and the answer will come to you...when it does, you will know it.
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Alright, that is all for my life philosophy lesson today, I need to go ride.
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BTW - If you are ever in Tucson, the Oro Valley area is fantastic. There is a pool and track side by side, with great riding as well. If you are interested, the season pool pass is $20 and it is one of the nicest pools I have experienced.
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Have a great day,
BB

Friday, February 06, 2009

Getting Back to Business...


Here is another black and white pic that I took in NZ.


This is the first week that I have started "training easily" again and now I can say that even after 2 weeks of nothing, I am starting to feel like myself again. Infact, maybe a bit better.
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I have hopped in the water a handful of times and included some harder swimming in the last 3 sessions. Each time I swam hard for 1200yds and to my surprise, I swam PR's on all 3 sessions. Mainset's were 3x400(last one in 4:29), 5x200(last one in 2:07) and 12x100(last 3 at 59 from a push). So while I felt like a donkey for the first 3 or 4 days moving again, I am pretty sure that it won't take long to get back where I was at.
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On another note, I have been enjoying a lot of time with my friends back in WI. I have stayed out way past my normal bedtime, but had a lot of fun. Activities have included or will include, shuffle board, Uno(thanks JD), bowling, clubbing, mini-golf, lots of eating out, visiting a tea house and some good Wisconsin Micro-brew, which I have missed over the last 4 months.
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So that is it on this end. My battery is recharged and 2009 is right around the corner. I will be revising my 2009 schedule in another 2 weeks, so stay tuned.
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Cheers,
BB


Sunday, February 01, 2009

Hitting the Reset Button

After a 34+ hour trip back home, getting charged $900 in airline change fees and setting off the explosives alarm at LAX when being searched at security, I made it back to the Wisconsin Meat Locker.

The cold was a bit of a shock when I arrived in the Twin Cities this last week. I was greeted by frost coating the jetway walls as I exited the plane. It wasn't a surprise, the outside temp was -1* F. Minus the cold (haha) and sleep, I have had a fantastic week back with friends.
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I have decided to take 2 weeks off and a few more weeks easy before starting to train hard again. I have done A LOT of work in the last 15 months, with no more than 4 consecutive days off. In addition, I haven't taken more than 7 consecutive days off in over 3 years. So to say a break was needed is an understatement. During this break, I will also be getting some testing and blood work done to get a baseline of where I am at and what I need to do in order to accomplish my goals in the coming year.
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This may mean that my North America season could start a bit later than previously planned, but I am ok with it. I know that when I come back, I will have that little bit more to take my fitness to another level. I already have that itch to come back , but I am resisting and practicing what I preach. I have to step back, before I can step up.

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On another note, I have 1 coaching vacancy for the coming season. If you would like more information, drop me a line. Ironman Camp updates will be coming later this month, as well as one on one training opportunities.

Happy Super Bowl Sunday!

BB