Thursday, April 23, 2009

7 Tips on how to face challenges from Adventure racer, author & triathlon coach Terri Schneider

Triathlon Revolution: Training, Technique and Inspiration is Terri's latest book. Forward by Scott Tinley. For novice, experienced or aspiring triathletes, this is the definitive manual for a multi-sport lifestyle. Get inspired!

How to do Amazing Things!
Tips from Terri Schneider

Excerpted from her talk at Fleet Feet Sports in Aptos, California on Tuesday, April 21, 2009.

From 1997 to 2003, I raced triathlons - swim-bike-run events. I mostly competed in Olympic distance and some sprints, about 4 to 5 a year for 7 seasons. For my first triathlon and many years after that, I trained in group clinics with Terri Schneider. She has been and continues to be a big inspiration for me as a coach, athlete, author and friend!

1. Realize that being an amazing human is not a glamorous endeavor!
Toil, logistics and sweat are required to get to the top. Yes, the path is rewarding!

2. Choose something you are really intrigued with or have a passion towards.
The fuel for your endeavor is a gut feeling of excitement to get to the starting line to take on the endeavor. Many days your passion will be challenged: Sometimes, you won't want to get up at 5 a.m. to train!

3. Choose something because it calls YOU - not your friends, your training partners, etc.

4. Your plan will change! Create a plan and know it will change in all regards: gear, logistics, and time lines. Your goals will change for the event.

5. Get assistance to execute your plan! Enlist mentors, coaches and read books — knowledge is power.

6. Check in weekly with your plan. It's a dynamic plan. Resolve to revisit your goals by planning time do that on your calendar.

7. Realize you can never know the outcome of what you are taking on. I watch many people spend enormous time and energy trying to figure out what will happen try to spend your energy on your endeavors instead of predictions!