Yes I did.. I said FREE PRODUCTS!!!!
Joel is having a contest on his blog. I have linked to Joel before, as you know I love his blog and I stalk him regularly on twitter. Very cool dude. I sent him a quick note telling him I was going to post a link to the contest and asked him if he had a few tips for beginners that I could share. I may not be a beginner anymore and I have watched many people move past the beginner stage but it’s important not to forget those that are just starting out or starting over. He sent me some really great stuff:
One Step At A Time: Starting out in triathlon – or any activity in general – is all about getting started. It’s so much easier to say than do, though. Don’t expect to be able to run a 5 minute mile (or kilometer if you’re reading this from Canada), or ride a bike 30 miles an hour or swim 1500 meters when you’re just starting out. It doesn’t work that way. Run a mile. Just one. If you have to, walk half of that. Just keep adding a little time or distance or effort and things will get easier. One day. One step. One swim at a time. Build upon each day.
Make it a Habit: It is so easy to fall into a trap of really loving to do something. I think we’ve all been there. For example, we read The Hunger Games, and immediately go out and look for the next two books because they are so awesome. Exercise and endurance sports can be like a new toy. We love on it, play with it, sleep with it…and then suddenly, the toy is old and we stop. The key, in my opinion, to longevity in this sport – and ultimately enhanced enjoyment – is make swimbikerun a habit. Do something every day. Or every other day. Work it into your life plan. Make it a point to try to get your workouts done at the same time each day. For some, it’s zero-dark-thirty in the morning. For others, it’s after work. Whatever. Just be consistent in doing it. Very quickly (I’ve read that it takes about 3 weeks), you’ll become so used to your scheduled workout time that you’ll feel off kilter if you miss a workout.
Be accountable: I’ve found that this is perhaps the most important thing that I can do for myself to keep me in the flow and marching onward. It’s critically important that you have someone who will take you out to the woodshed if you start slacking in your workouts or your effort or motivation. I have a couple of ways….first, I blog. Secondly, I have a network of friends that I’m constantly talking with. They hold me accountable. If you have a coach – your coach will keep you accountable. Your spouse. The postal carrier. Your co-worker. The random employee at your local Starbucks. Any of these would be good. Or….hold yourself accountable. Put your training plan on your refrigerator so that you can look at it each and every day.
Have a goal: OK, this may be trite, but it’s really critical to have a goal and work towards that goal. Your goal could be to do a 5k. It could be to do an Ironman. Whatever it is, have a goal, and march doggedly towards that goal. Then apply the three principles above to that goal. Using that approach, you’re sure to reach whatever it is you’re after. Personally, my goal this year is to break 6 hours for a half iron triathlon. For some folks, doing that is a walk-in-the-park. For me, it’d be a huge accomplishment. My entire year is focused on getting myself to a position where I can do that. You’ve got a goal. I’m sure of it. Put that goal out there. Tell someone about it. Make them hold you accountable not just for reaching that goal, but for the steps it takes to get there. (I especially loved this one)
Now for the FREE STUFF!!!
This isn’t just any contest, it’s a tournament that relates to all things TRI. THIS is gonna be fun. And yes Canadians can play too. The prize is a stash of amazing products from SBR Sports – TRISWIM, TRISLIDE and FOGGLE. I wasn’t going to enter because I am sponsored by SBRSports products BUT I want to play even if I can’t win. Honestly I want to play so I could finally be a part of a real team, a team of my peers, my people.
If you have used these products before you’ll want to play along for a chance to win. If you’ve never tried them then here’s a great chance for you to get some free samples. Do it!! I’ll wait.
Not convinced? (tough crowd) In addition to the SBR products the prize pack ALSO includes about $100 of PowerBar products including the new Energy Blend. I have never tried their products so I can’t comment on that but I do hear really good things about them.
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