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    MRI

Let’s first define “winning” in terms of what is actually possible for someone given their circumstances. For example, I’m not going to win an Ironman outright. But in my Ironman days, winning took the form of various different goals over the years and eventually, winning actually meant winning my age group. If we’re talking about someone who is coming off the couch, winning could mean just finishing. If it’s someone in the mid-pack, winning could be a top ten finish in their age group. I think you get the idea.

In the context of winning and losing, there are people who afraid of not winning. In another group, there are people who are afraid to lose. So much so that their fear of losing is greater than their desire to win and unless they accidentally fall into a win, they end up somewhere in the middle.

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    MRI

I've been thinking about injury and how it has played a role in my journey.  In the early years, I would ignore injuries hoping it would just go away.  Or I'd push through it because -- no pain, no gain.  And then once I'd recognize it wasn't going away, I would google the symptoms only to learn I had some rare and fatal disorder.  Then I would search, or even post, on the various forums to get yet more "professional" opinions.  All the while, continuing to train in a half-assed manner -- not really accomplishing much other than dragging it out further into my training block. 

Now I'm on the other end of the spectrum where I typically stop when an ache or pain pops up.  As a general rule, when in doubt, I treat it with respect and let's take a day off. 

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    CdA BIke

This past weekend, Ironman Texas rose to the top of the list as worst clusterf*** of all time.  Initial reports were describing ridiculous amounts of drafting and dangerous conditions on the bike course.  I wanted to wait until I spoke with someone I trusted before making an opinion and what was described on the interwebs was confirmed.

When racing this distance, the reason why I chose the Ironman brand over the other events was that they always put on a topnotch production.  They were well staffed, aid stations were well stocked, good crowds, decent venues for travel purposes, and they were safe.  Even though I cringed a little when they took away the mass swim start, I understood why and I appreciated that they were concerned about the safety of the athletes racing. 

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    IMAZ Bikers

I remember when I bought my first tri bike, I scoured the triathlon forums wondering if this was the right bike.  Was it aero enough?  Did I have an “aggressive” fit?  Should I change my tires for the model du jour with lower rolling resistance?  I probably spent as much time on what-ifs as I did training.  I seem to recall going down this rabbit hole with other aspects of triathlon.  Am I swimming enough?  Should I run 30 runs in 30 days?  And yet another avenue – a fixation with the athletes who are racing my “A” race.  As if I’m going to change something which will make a difference because the superstar swimmer, biker, or runner is racing against me.

It’s mentally exhausting and counterproductive.

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    Niner RLT Steel Gravel Bike

It’s been a long time since I’ve really wanted to ride my bike consistently.  I turned my old TT bike into a single speed and I’ve ridden it around.  I’ve been on my mountain bike a few times.  But outside of those instances, I haven’t had a real desire to log consistent mileage.  I could go into the reasons but to summarize – I just got burned out.  Especially burned out from riding a TT bike. 

In the last six months, I’ve been thinking about riding – actually wanting to ride but my bike choices weren’t appealing.  My buddy Scott suggested I get a gravel bike which is basically what happens if you store a mountain bike and a road bike in the garage together – nature takes its course and you get a gravel bike.  But which gravel bike?  He immediately pointed me to the Niner RLT Steel – because “steel is real, bro”.  The steel RLT is slick and I was immediately in deep like with it based on the pictures I saw on Niner’s web site.