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7/15/12 9:49 P

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Totally agree. This is the only thing I have ever done that gives back. I enjoy the benefits of triathlon every day. ..


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7/15/12 7:32 P

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Well Said by all, I find that mental and physical strength are not enough for me, I have added my faith to help pull me through the hard parts of my race. My enjoyment of longer tri's doubled because it requires strength and yet it gives strength back


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7/15/12 7:15 P

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I agree although I might throw in one more disciple. After 2 years, I am learning that core work is VITAL and can make you better at the swim/bike/run

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Thank you so much Bob Schwartz (I Run, Therefore I Am- Nuts!) for this lovely, funny insight into my life.

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7/15/12 6:09 P

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You sure hit the nail on the head. Well stated.


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7/15/12 5:57 P

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As I progress, I am discovering that triathlon has more than 3 disciplines:
The fourth: nutrition and electrolyte management. This part is almost as hard as the swim/bike/running. One must study the research, listen to experienced people you trust, and do trial-and-error discovery on your own.

The fifth: dealing with your demons, be they fear, self-concept, resistance to success, or other internal issues holding you back. For myself, I found that the mild anxiety that open-water swimming prompts was opening the floodgates of unrecognized fears from other areas of my life. What I learned is that fear is not conquered; it must be looked at, recognized, and embraced as a teacher. This requires a lot of spiritual growth & psychological supports, both internal & external.
This part is the hardest yet; but without doing the work you will surely progress to a point you can't pass.

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