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October 10, 2013
What a difference a year makes: Kona 2013
October 19, 2013



No, this is not a terrible job at a selfie in the bathroom mirror. Rather, you’re looking at what has been written on my bathroom mirror in marker for the past 11 months. Shortly after my end of season break post-Kona 2012, I started to gear up again for the 2013 season. I’ve said a million times before how much I believe in the power of positive thinking, but I also am a big believer in visualization. Part of that “training” is what you see on my bathroom mirror right there: “BELIEVE. 1:01/5:35/3:35 – 10:15.” (actually it appears I wrote BeLIEVE. There’s no hidden context there I suppose it’s just how I wrote it…..And, yes, I did leave it up even if I had company in the house that didn’t know me very well. Interestingly most people just wouldn’t comment on it.)

Coming home today one of the first things I got to do was wipe that mirror clean. In the next month I will find a goal to replace it; just as this one replaced the previous “10:45” that was there. I saw those numbers almost every morning and evening. I’d think about them as I climbed in and out of the shower, and I’d look at them as I brushed and flossed my teeth. For some people, I suppose that might be overkill. It might be overwhelming to think about it day in and day out. But, I truly think that having this ingrained so far into me allowed me to make the turn onto the Queen K at mile 20, check my watch, straighten my posture, and go for it. Because when you’ve been reminding yourself about a specific goal almost every day for a year, when the time comes to go for it, your mind will simply make the decision for you – you’ve trained it to believe there is no other option.

More to come on Kona this week! Back to reality tomorrow…..