Friday, September 12, 2008


Hello to all. Well this is my first attempt at doing something that I find to be important.

In our sick, demented, frustrating world of endurance sports it is important to stay motivated. Some times this is very difficult to do, as the temptation of a nap is always stronger than going out and doing speed work at the local high school track.

So my purpose here is to try to provide some encouraging words that might get you out on the road, track, pool or gym and help you stay motivated and reach your goals.

I am going to keep this simple today and share a story that many of you have might have heard before.

It is the story of the Bumble Bee and the Race Horse:
(You can find this article in "Triathlete’s Training Bible" by Joe Friel)

- A few years ago a group of scientists developed an interest in bumblebees. These scientists reckoned that these little insects held some secrets of flight that may provide some answers to questions about operating in space. After all, they asked, how could such small wings produce efficient lift for a relatively large and hairy torso? And how could a round body and flight position that violated many principles of aerodynamics move so efficiently through the air?
After weeks of study, hypothesizing, scrutinizing and examining the scientists came to one conclusion: Bumblebees are not capable of flight.Fortunately no one told the bumblebee. The silly insects go right on believing that flight is normal for them despite what the best minds in the scientific world no as fact. We can learn a lot from the bumblebee. The single most critical piece of this sporting puzzle is believing in yourself and your capacity to succeed. “if you think you can or you think you can’t,” automobile manufacturer Henry Ford said, “you’re probably right.” The bumblebee thinks it can fly. Actually, the thought of anything else never even crosses its tiny mind. It just keeps flying.
Then there’s the race horse. The philosophy of equine athletes is similar to that of human athletes, and they are trained in much the same manner as a runner. They use heart rate monitors, train with intervals and endurance, follow a periodization plan and eat a diet designed to enhance performance.Psychologically, racehorses differ a great deal from the human athlete. They never question their training preparation. When it comes time for a workout designed by their trainer, they do it without wondering if its enough. They don’t go out in the morning and put in a few extra junk miles for “insurance”. They don’t worry and fret after a poor performance. Stable life goes on as usual.On race day, racehorses are nervous just as human athletes are; they know what is about to happen, but they don’t magnify the tension by comparing themselves with the other horse (“look at the legs on that stud!”). Instead they are very purposeful in their approach to training and racing. There is but one reason for every day existence – to get faster. If the horse is physically strong and the trainer is smart, this happens.
If you are to succeed in the sport you have chosen, the first thing you must do is believe in yourself just as the bumblebee does. Without this, all of the science in the world won’t do any good. You must also have a purposeful, racehorse trust in your training. Continuously second guessing and changing training direction after every race are a sure way to fail. Think like a bumblebee, train like a horse.

-Hope you all have a great weekend and Happy Training.


Tri-ing with Twins said...

Great advice. Welcome to the world of blogging! You're gonna love it!!!

Jennifer Harrison said...

Kelly, WELCOME to blogging! Keep updating! I found your blog thru Raina's! Jen Harrison
my blog is on my website!