Everyone seems to be looking forward to fall. Every time I bump into someone they emphatically say, “I’m sooo ready for fall!” But why? Summer did us right, right?—I mean, you can’t go wrong with comfy beachwear, boat rides to Daufuskie and agenda-less afternoons. But, ask yourself:
- A) Are you ready to enjoy cooler weather?
- B) Have you run out of things for the kids to do and ready for some “you” time?
- C) Do you secretly miss having a schedule?
- D) All the above
For me, it’s “D” and my trick to enjoying the weather, taking time for myself and getting back into a routine is to train for a race. I’ve signed up for the LoCoMotion, a 10-miles-a-day, 3-day race to raise awareness and money for breast cancer. My team is Fan-Ta-Ta-Tastic and my go-to guy for all my training needs is Al Olivetti of Go Tri Sports on New Orleans Rd.
“Go Tri Sports is dedicated to providing triathletes, runners, and cyclists the equipment, knowledge and service to support them in obtaining their athletic goals. We sell the best in equipment and accessories like running shoes (Olivetti will personally fit you to the pair that best meets your needs), bikes, electronics, apparel, hydration carriers, and nutrition,” said Olivetti.
Olivetti and his staff bring years of expertise and professional service to your training program. “We strive to make each person we contact a better athlete,” said Olivetti, who starting racing triathlons and marathons in ‘96 and has been going non-stop (from the Ironman distance triathlons and marathons, to the sprint distance triathlons) since then.
“I love racing because I love to compete. I love the challenge, the fear, and the entire process of preparing for a race. Also, I love to train. It is my lifestyle and who I am. I love the energy it provides my body and the clarity it offers my mind,” admitted Olivetti.
And you don’t have to be a runner or high-performance athlete to train/compete. (I’m walking my upcoming race.) It’s all about goal setting. “Goal setting should be a priority for everyone, whether in the athletic context or some other part of life,” said Olivetti. “Goals keep you accountable, they give your efforts a purpose, they allow you to measure your progress, and they allow for accomplishment.”
Olivetti’s Top Training Tips:
- Enjoy the process.
- Challenge yourself and you’ll be surprised on what you can accomplish.
- Use all the resources at your disposal, like friends, coaches, literature, and Go Tri staff members.
- Don’t be afraid to experiment with your own methodology or tweak an existing protocol to fit your life.
- Use proper equipment and keep your gear current. (Ex: Running shoes do not last two years despite what they look like.)
- Work out a schedule toward your end goal with short and long-range goals mixed in.
- Check out OnOnEvents.com and Active.com for races in your area.
Be well, Becca