The Seven Buts of Motivation

When the blog was starting out, one of the repeated requests I received was a post about motivation. Specifically, including motivation when "not training for some particular event but just trying to live life and feel fit / strong / healthy / awesome." Like life balance, motivation is an enormous topic, but I will do … Continue reading The Seven Buts of Motivation

Advice for New Swimmers

Back in 2013, I started a section of my personal blog I called "The Advice Column." I was still in the beginnings on my own fitness journey and I was getting a lot of questions from others who wanted to start. Those who've met me in the last five years might have a tough time … Continue reading Advice for New Swimmers

Advice for New Yogis

On my yoga mat Friday morning, I had a startling realization.  As I moved through the poses with very little correction from the instructor, I thought: I feel like I know what I'm doing.  I've learned a ton in the past few weeks. Those of you who know me know how much I struggle with stepping into new labels. … Continue reading Advice for New Yogis

Discipline versus Care

Just this week it happened again.  Someone asked about my next race (a safe-bet conversation topic these days) and then shook their head saying 'I admire your self-discipline.'  The clear implication was one I hear both verbally and between the lines over and over again: 'I could never do that.'  I gently pushed back, trying … Continue reading Discipline versus Care

Advice for new all-season cyclists

This past October in New England was unseasonably pleasant, but in the last couple of weeks it's finally started to feel like winter is closing in.  Many folks opt to put their bicycles away once the high's drop from 60-something to 40-something, but last winter I was dreading the return to public transit so badly, … Continue reading Advice for new all-season cyclists

Advice for New Triathletes

As I prepare for my first ever solo Olympic-length triathlon, I’ve been reflecting a bunch on my first few races.  I like to tell people I got conned into my first race–a friend talked me into joining her and then had to back out a few weeks before the race.  But something stuck.  I don’t … Continue reading Advice for New Triathletes

Advice for Training while Traveling

Vacation.  Conferences.  Holiday trips to see family.  How many promising new habits and routines have I buried in those seemingly short disruptions to my daily life?  Even just two or three days can reset old patterns, in eating, exercising, and so much else, in ways that can feel frustrating and discouraging.  But when I was … Continue reading Advice for Training while Traveling