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Ironman 10: Navigating rough waters

Hey there! Here’s the tenth in our series of guest post from Lance Rogerson, who has partnered up with us for his Ironman training. Read on for this week’s update.

Hello di’lishiNATION!  It didn’t take me long to figure out the topic of this week’s blog post.  This past Friday when I met up with the group of fellow triathletes to swim Banks Channel, I noticed the water wasn’t exactly calm.  Still, it was a nice day out, as the sun was getting ready to rise, so we jumped in for a swim.  Even though the water was choppy I managed to have an amazing swim – even better than the previous week.  I found my pace and plowed through the choppy water.  Just a few weeks ago the rough water would have ruined my swim.  As I was swimming I got to thinking that this was really good for my training because there was no telling what the conditions would be on race day and I needed to be prepared for anything.  Which in turn got me thinking about how important it is to be able to adapt to changing circumstances.

I’m sure it would be a lot easier for everyone to be active if conditions were always ideal.  It’d be great if every time we wanted to run it was warm and sunny with a nice breeze.  Or if every time we went to the gym the machines/weights we wanted to use were open.  And of course it would be great if we were always extremely motivated.  Unfortunately, those conditions are not always the case.  Therefore it is very important that we learn to adapt.  Sometimes adapting means finding a different route to bike because there is road construction or maybe it means figuring out a different time to get in your workout because of unavoidable schedule changes.  Regardless of what your routine or pattern or ideal conditions are, there is always going be something to throw a wrench in it.  If you aren’t ready to adapt you’ll find it hard to stay in the habit of being active.

It can be frustrating at times to have your routine altered.  When you get things the way you like them, you want them to stay that way.  Try to remember that, like we’ve talked about before, changing things up will help keep it interesting.  Also, when you are able to adapt to constantly changing circumstances, you will find that you become stronger both mentally and physically.  Don’t forget, things changing and having to adapt doesn’t always have to be bad.  After all, its always fun to adapt to the new flavors of fro-yo di’lishi has on tap!