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Tri-ing Again
My name is Givens Phillips. I raced as an age grouper for a few seasons several years ago. Now I am trying to get back into shape and am wanting to race again now that my 12 year old daughter has taken an interest in the sport. These are my observations and experiences along the journey down that road. I hope you enjoy.

Sprint Training

givensby givensMar 26th 2010
I got another call from from a riding buddy of mine the other night telling me to come out to his cycling team's training ride on Tuesday nights (and Monday nights and Saturday mornings) etc. I have been kind of putting him off...and kind of not. We are in the middle of trying to sell our house and buy another one and we did just have another baby 6 weeks ago so I have been pretty busy lately.
The thing is though the real truth is I have been a little intimidated. I just do not want to show up and be the anchor slowing everyone down or come away looking like a fool. I have not been able to train like I usually do and I can tell it even on the sporadic short rides I have been able to sneak in here and there. The thing is my friend is a machine, he believe he ride ride all day straight up a mountain and gain speed the entire time without breaking a sweat (a little bit of exaggeration) but you get my point. He tells me some of the guys on his team make him look sssslllllloooowwww.
So while I am talking to him on the phone it dawns on me that I am just being scared. I am not one to be scared. I rise to a challenge, I do not slink away and hide from it! I know the way to get faster is to go out and ride with people faster than me.It pushes you and makes you give a little more than you may have thought you had in you. Now with this renewed realization of what I was allowing to take place inside my head I am now looking forward to going to Sprint training on Tuesday nights and getting my butt kicked. I deserve just that for allowing myself to make excuses to not show up the last couple of weeks. I am ashamed of myself but I will earn back my pride and hold my head high even if I am vomiting on the side of the road from getting my ass kicked repeatedly.
If anyone else is hiding out I encourage you to join me in my endeavor to end my weakness by getting punished in a group of my peers. So go out and swim, ride, run with people that are better and faster than you you might learn something and accidentally get faster without even realizing it.
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