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Finding Balance

Sweat from the Heart. Coach Bree’s blog on training, racing and life.

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It’s been months since I have made a blog post. Today I’m going to force one out.

It never fails, I am driving in my car around town (being the best driver I can be since my company logo is all over my car) and the most brilliant blog topic pops into my head. Problem is, I can’t do anything with it. And then the thoughts flow, and it’s magical, and perfect. And then when I have a moment to jot it down – poof – gone. Like it never happened. This happens all too often.

Right now I have a quiet moment, so I am going to force this blog to come out. It’s nothing magical like I have in the car, but it’s still worth sharing.

Do you ever feel guilty, or even lazy, when you don’t have a race on the calendar? And then that awkward moment when you run into an athlete or even a friend, and they ask you what race you’re training for, and you respond, “not sure yet!?” Or maybe you give an honest “I’m not” answer, but then begin running wild with thoughts of how they are secretly judging you?

Well, I might be the only one, but I sometimes feel that way.

I feel guilty for not having several races on the yearly calendar. And then I feel lazy. Like I shouldn’t be enjoying the fact I get to sleep in on a Sunday morning.

Ain't this the truth during racing season. But does it have to be this way every weekend?

Ain’t this the truth during racing season!?! But does it have to be this way every weekend? Just a thought…

And I hate when people ask me what my next race is. I know it’s small talk, but I hate the question and when I respond with “I don’t have a race coming up”, I feel like I’m being judged and then feel like I owe them an explanation.

Then I got to thinking. What’s wrong with not always racing?

Seriously. Do we have to race all the time?

Not only is racing exhausting, but wow, it’s expensive, too. And for some, it’s not possible. Life, work, family, etc.

For me, I’m a mom, a wife, a business owner, a coach, and an athlete. That’s a FULL plate. When you add racing to that, something gives. And sadly, it’s usually my wife and mom duties.

If racing is a passion, I believe you should pursue it, but with balance. Be careful. Because the very people who support you in your pursuit, are usually the ones that can be destroyed by it.

My Iroman was rough on Jeff and Cora. I was gone hours on end training. My athlete (who was also training for the same Ironman) and I talked one day about how much fun it is training for a full, but that it’s also very selfish. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a good thing to be selfish. We all have needs and desires and we should pursue them, but not all the time. Not every season. Be selfish in specific seasons. That’s when she and I decided that every other year was a good idea for full Ironman training and racing. You’re welcome to adopt our “every other year” plan.

But it’s not just full Ironmans, it’s half Ironmans, too! Half and full marathons as well! It’s the constant pursuit to always better your last effort. It’s almost an addiction. It’s more of a healthy than an unhealthy addiction, but still, be careful. Be balanced.

With the extra time off, I have more energy for tea parties. During my Ironman training, I fell asleep during one.

With the extra time off, I have more energy for tea parties. During my Ironman training, I fell asleep during one. True story. Poor Cora.

I love it when my athletes tell me they’re going to take some time off to recharge, to spend more time with their spouse, or family, etc. While I miss them for the few weeks or months they take off, I appreciate how they are getting their priorities right and taking some time to rest and recharge.

You cannot ‘go, go, go’ without taking some time to rest and recharge.

You know what I notice every time – my athletes come back stronger. They miss it (missing it can teach you to appreciate it more), they are mentally stronger (they have had time to think about things and approach their training and racing from a smarter perspective), and they are more dedicated (they know the specific season they are training and racing for, so they make the most of it without slacking).

It makes sense. And the more I noticed that as a coach, the more I believed it’s importance. Plus, your body will thank you.

You’re not missing out on anything. Stop stressing over the pictures you see on Facebook of all the awesome workouts your friends are doing without you and race results from races you’re not doing. Just enjoy being in a race free season and focusing on things you can do to mentally and physically prepare yourself for when you jump back into your next race season — things like stretching (increased range of motion and decreased chance of injury), strength training (a stronger body is a faster body), eating cleaner (better fuel for improved athletic performance), upgrading bike components (with all the money saved from not racing – hellloo power meter!), getting an updated bike fit (more aero = free speed) working on swim, bike or run form (efficiency = speed), working on your weaknesses, and the list goes on!

I enjoyed IM 70.3 New Orleans. But now it's time to rest, recharge and soon pick another race.

I enjoyed IM 70.3 New Orleans. But now it’s time to rest, recharge and soon pick another race.

So next time someone asks you what your next race is, give a confident answer. Own your answer! Let the guilt and lazy feelings go! You have plans! Besides, who cares what people think? It’s your life, your plans – be proud of it and own it!

So what’s my next race? Great question! “I don’t know!” I say that confidently! 🙂

 

Half & Full Marathon Training Program

Alamo 180’s Half & Full Marathon Training Program!

Join us as we train for the San Antonio Rock’n’Roll Half & Full Marathon on Dec 6th!

Whether it’s your first or fifth, bring your goals, and let Alamo 180 help you achieve them!

Program Dates: Monday, July 20th – Saturday, Dec 5th.

Program Orientation on Thursday, July 16th @ 7pm (for you to learn about what we offer and meet the coaches!)

Cost: $44/month.

We have trained countless athletes to their FIRST Half & Full finish line, numerous personal bests, and even one Boston Qualifier! We know what we’re doing and would be honored and thrilled to train you!

Open to ALL! Run/Walkers and runners! Level options to accommodate all levels of athletes!

Group Schedule: Tuesdays @ 6:30pm at the Alamo 180 studio, Saturdays @7:00am at the Alamo 180 studio (and once per month, running sections of the race course!)

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Fix a Flat Clinic

FREE clinic put on by Bicycle Heaven!

If you ride your bike praying to God that you never get a flat, this clinic is for you! If you haven’t changed a flat tire in years, this clinic is for you! If you have never ridden a bike, and don’t know the first thing about a tire, this clinic is for you!

Saturday, June 20th at 12:00pm at Bicycle Heaven!

Bring your bike and comfy clothes. We will be outside in the shade changing tires!

Fix a flat clinic

Swim Skills Clinic

Thursday, June 18th: 6:30pm & 7:30pm Pool Clinic learn more

Saturday, June 20th: 7:30am & 8:30am Open Water Swim Clinic learn more 

Swim Skills Clinics! We have TWO – a pool session and an open water swim session! Attend one or both! We suggest attending BOTH clinics, as what you will learn in the pool clinic, will carry over into the open water clinic (but if you miss the pool clinic, don’t let that deter your from attending, and learning valuable information, at the open water clinic!)

About the Clinic Presenter: Linda Walker for an informative and interactive clinic designed to teach you how to swim more efficiently. About Linda:  20+ years coaching experience of all levels including summer league kids, high school athletes, as well as triathletes ranging from beginner to advanced, including All-State qualifiers and Swimming All-Americans.

About the Clinic: Learn drills that will improve your freestyle by correcting body position, as well as hip and torso rotation. Learn how to break down the recovery, catch, and finish of each stroke for a smoother, more efficient and powerful freestyle!

Open to ALL!  Semi-Private. Limited availability. This is not your typical, large class, one-size-fits all, generic instruction. Limited participation to ensure quality of instruction and opportunities for individual attention.

Spot is secured through online registration & payment.

 

Kinesio Health by Aaron

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Exciting news!!!

The small office on the side of our studio is now home to Kinesio Health by Aaron Haspel.

We are currently updating the room – repainting, sheet rocking, changing out light fixtures, etc – but it’s fully functional!

Aaron has a incredible gift when it comes to understanding how the body works. He’s smart and very professional. We HIGHLY recommend his services! So much so, we’re excited and honored that we will be neighbors!

Why wait for an injury to happen? Get preventative care! Make an appointment! Got an injury? Make an appointment! He also does body taping as well.

Aaron Haspel, LMT

(806) 290-6435

Check out his Facebook page, too!

Updated Class Schedule!

We ask, we listen, and we deliver! Here’s the updated class schedule with new class times and class offerings!

Updates:

*M/T/W/R/F 7am IRON class

*Thurs 9am IRON class

*Sat 9am and 10:30am IRON class

*Sat 12pm YOGA

Class Schedule Chart as of june3

 

 

180 Fitness Challenge

The 180 Fitness Challenge starts Saturday, July 12 at 8:00am. Learn more! 

Make a “180″ and create a new you! Shed those extra pounds and reveal a more sculpted, lean body! You will learn how to adopt healthier eating habits and break out of your rut!

The challenge is hard, but completely doable! Every exercise can be scaled and classes are limited to 10 people to ensure quality instruction.

The person with the greatest transformation wins $500!

Train with Alamo 180!

Register now here! 

Team Jersey Order

We have two jersey options for you to select:

1.) lime green & 2.) the special edition hot pink 

The lime green jersey store closes on May 2nd.

The special edition hot pink store closes on May 18th.

Each store has a separate link, so if you want lime green items AND hot pink items, you must purchase separately on each link.

1.) lime green store: click here for online store

2.) hot pink store: click here for online store

180 Fitness Challenge

The 180 Fitness Challenge starts Saturday, May 3rd at 9am.

Make a “180” and create a new you! Shed those extra pounds and reveal a more sculpted, lean body! You will learn how to adopt healthier eating habits and break out of your rut!

The challenge is hard, but completely doable! Every exercise can be scaled and classes are limited to 10 people to ensure quality instruction.

Train with Alamo 180!

Get registered!