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Longest race of my life: six weeks to Ironman; consistency and discipline

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. --

If you have been following this series, then you would know that in six weeks from this Sunday I will be competing in the Ironman 70.3 Superfrog. In the last five articles in this series I have written about why I decided to take on this race, my weaknesses, and the things I am doing to correct those weaknesses. For this article I have decided to write about lessons I have learned from the water.

I developed an early comfort in the water from my parents raising me near the neighborhood pool and our summer vacations at the beach. After all of the time I spent in the water, I forced it to become an ally of mine in high school.

My freshman year of high school in 2011, I joined the Blue Valley Northwest swim team. After my coaches corrected my technique I was able to make Junior Varsity by the end of the season. I became obsessed with the progression of my times so, thanks to my moms’ support, I joined the Kansas City Blazers swim team. 

Having the opportunity to swim on a team as competitive as the Blazers introduced me to collegiate level swimmers and their work ethic. By putting in eight months of swimming and imitating what all of the Division I ranked swimmers did to prepare for their swim seasons I was able to go to the state championships for the 100-yard backstroke and 100-yard butterfly that next season.

I didn’t place very high at state my sophomore year of high school but by swimming an entire year I learned that consistency and discipline breed results.

I am now using those same tools to train for my Ironman.

The Ironman 70.3 has a 1.2 mile swim to start the race. The biggest lesson I have learned in long distance training is that it takes a consistent workout schedule to make improvements and discipline to make the most of those workouts.

 

Next week I will be out of the office, so I won’t be writing a “Five weeks to Ironman”.

 

Editor’s note: This is an on-going 10 week series. You can visit www.vandenberg.af.mil and the 30th Space Wing Facebook page every Friday for a new feature.