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Monday, March 14, 2011

Training: Mind over Matter

2011 Race Schedule:

May.............Half Marathon
June.............Sprint Triathlon
July..............Olympic Triathlon
August..........Mountain Trail Race 29km
September....Half Marathon
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Regardless of how I feel...and when all signs say stay in bed,
I've been making myself get up at an unearthly hour to train.

In all kinds of weather:

And when I feel my drive is disabled:

I keep seeing things I need to work on:




I also feel a slight panic when I realize my first race is only 2 months away and I'm no where close to where I'm supposed to be.

And so...regardless of it all, I will continue to get up early and battle the thoughts in my head.

After all....
 isn't that where the majority of our struggles occur?
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"To conquer oneself is a greater victory than to conquer thousands in a battle"
~Prince Gautama Siddharta

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(Note: all warning signals in my vehicle are just because there is a loose wire somewhere. 
My vehicle IS road worthy;)
With the exception of the temperature...that was for real.

34 comments:

Farmchick said...

It is hard to conquer your own mind.

texwisgirl said...

Oh so true. I can defeat myself before I even attempt something if I let myself...

Keep it up, dearheart!

Leontien said...

Well i'm glad i don't have your list... Got my own...

But it's good you can take lot's of fun out of little things!

Thanks
Leontien

laughwithusblog said...

I'm impressed! For a while I was going to run a marathon on my treadmill. It broke on mile 8...

Barbie said...

YOU are going to smash your first Dawn. And your right, 905 of the battle is within one's mind. Trust in yourself and know that you will conquer each and ever single one of those race goals. I look forward to watching you tick them off.

Barbie said...

I meant to type 90% but 905 :)

Cat said...

amazing list friend!
you ARE a rock star!!!!

love and light

Hi Kooky said...

Holy cow - you are amazing! I am not so disciplined...

Farm Girl said...

Always it is the battle of the mind.

Jordanna said...

Oh my gosh, you're crazy! :) In a good way. That's amazing. I'm walking the three-day breast cancer walk, which is 60 miles, in November, and I thought that was big. No way I could do anything semi close to the word "marathon." WAY TO GO Dawn!!!

Randy said...

Just looking at your list is intimidating. I am lucky to hit my goal of walking at least 30 min a day. You can do it!

Trisha said...

You go Dawn!!! That is pure dedication !!

Pat Tillett said...

Impressive!!! Goals are an important and healthy thing! Good luck to you!!! We'll be here as you progress...

fourwilkies said...

You are very inspiring. I have been working out more ... now that a gym is close ... so please keep inspiring! Not ready for any marathons or triathlons though.

Rick said...

I think I'd rather 'stroke' an alligator than go for a run at -23C !! Both are a case of mind over matter, however - if you don't mind, it don't matter !

;-)

Go get 'em !

mountain mama said...

yes...the mind is the battlefield!!

love the pics on your blog~

darlin said...

You go girl, you can do it! I like your explanation of how your vehicle is roadworthy! lol Have a great day and you bet, mind over matter! I agree with what Rick said. ;-) Have a great day!

Allison said...

wow. I cannot believe you are going to do all that. And here I was saying... "Let's go running together, Dawn." Indeed! My runs are like your cool downs, I'm sure! ;) You can do it... go go go!

Ola said...

The worst thing is to start the work outs:) It's good that you have so clear goals, I am sure you can achive them! Greetings!

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Your racing schedule makes me all excited! I can't wait to read all those race reports. If you don't post about them, I'll have to hunt you down you know ;-) Hope you have smooth training this season!

John McElveen said...

DAWN!!!!!! I finally found you again! Sorry--Didn't mean that to come out that way--somehow Your link got deleted--COULDN'T BE OPERATOR ERROR! I finally went back through enough comments and added you back! I just couldn't remember the name of the Blog--I had Dawn down Pat---so please forgive me for not stopping by!

Anyway!!! I wish I had that type of desire and tenacity again!!

GOOD ON YA!!!!

John

Nancy@A Rural Journal said...

I admire your dedication, Dawn. Please be careful not to overdo -- but I'm sure you know all about that. :)

Judy said...

What an impressive list...I will be cheering you on from the sidelines :)

Leah J. Utas said...

Good on you. And what a wonderful use of a vehicle warning system.

Changes in the wind said...

You are to be admired.....

Julie said...

I CANNOT wait to hear all your race reports!!

Yes, it IS all in the mind. Once we realize that, we can FLY to great heights!

Out on the prairie said...

2 months should be ample time, it is the mind frame that helps you win.

Jack said...

Regardless of how I feel . . . when all signs say stay in bed . . . I am an obedient puppy and roll over.

sassyshoediary said...

My goodness, woman! You are awesome! Love your goals! GOOD LUCK!!!!

Jim said...

Dawn, stick with it! You will be so glad you did!

Yes, next time you are 'around' we'll go to Jane's!
Jim

Deb said...

you go girl....we know you can do it..

Aimee said...

BRRRR! -23 degrees??? BRRR!

Don't stress too much, you are going to do great!!

Janie said...

A person has to be dedicated aqnd consistent to achieve anything. You're conquering your mind very well. I admire anyone who trains for long distance races as you do.

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