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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.

Training in the rain.

givensby givensMar 13th 2010
Sitting here at the computer typing instead of training. Not the way I envisioned my Saturday morning. I need to get motivated and get off my rear and go train. It is pouring rain out. That used to not bother me. In fact I really used to enjoy training in inclement weather. I always thought I was getting stronger than everyone else on those days because everyone else would be inside sitting on their butts. I am now one of those people. I will change that today.
When you ride in the rain you tend to slow down some and pay more attention to your bike handling skills. You also develop a bit of mental toughness as well. The same can be said for running in the cold, wet rain. When you are plodding along alone you become mentally tougher. Then on race day when you are feeling beaten you think back and remember those days of shivering and chattering teeth and you say to yourself this is nothing. You can look around you and know these other people around me were probably inside on the couch those days I was out in the rain and cold. I was getting faster as they were getting slower and you have the strength to push on to the finish line.
I will now get up and go train in the rain and you should too. Unless of course you are going to be one of the people I see when I am looking around on the race course this season. If you are then sit right there and enjoy your day off.
mdvcostinby member: mdvcostin, Mar 14th 2010 22:46
Good stuff Givens, thanks
givensby blog author: givens, Mar 15th 2010 11:30
Well thank you very much. That was my first ever blog. I was not sure anyone would ever read it. I am glad you liked it.
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