Self Control

Self Control for Elementary Students at Liberty Common School means “the ability to exercise restraint or control over one’s feelings, emotions, and reactions.” An example that the principal used with the kids was, if someone pushes them, use self control and not push back. Avoid creating controversy that may end up in a fight. Have self control and report to the principal.

I was invited to discuss my life as an Ironman triathlete and how I use self control every day with my training and competition. I would say I am an expert and use self discipline, the “power to discipline one’s own feelings, desires, etc., especially with the intention of improving oneself.” Having competed in swimming since the age of 4 and now into my 20th season of triathlon, I love to train and often practice good nutrition and prioritize my training to excel in my sport.

I gave my presentation to the students on January 31st. Perfect timing, since it was my last day of competing for Athletes in Tandem in the January Tampa Bay IronDistance Challenge, A perfect example of self control that I used was my training/competing during the month of January.

The IronDistance Challenge consisted of accumulating miles of self-logged swimming, biking and running. The person with the highest number of Ironman Distance triathlons in the month of January won money for the charity of their choice. Last year, the overall female completed a little over five Iron Distances. My goal was five and a half.I thought 6 was doable; but I did not want to be training that much this early in the season.

My purpose for entering the challenge, besides winning money was Athletes in Tandem, was to get back into running. I focus on core functional strength training in the “off” season (October-December) and basically did not run more than six miles per week with minimal biking and no swimming during those months (insert a link to my article on off-season training). We reported our mileage on Sundays in January (the 8th, 15th, 22nd and 31st). Each Monday we could see what place we were in.

My drive, self control and competitive nature pushed me past my limits with training. After the first week I logged 8000 swimming meters, 245 miles biking indoors on the trainer, and 45 miles of running, on top of working a 60-hour week. Waking up January 9th to see I was in 2nd place was disappointing. I had to train more???

At the end of week 2, we both had a little over 4 IronDistances, and first place was ahead by 10 miles of running and 2 miles of swimming. Now I had to crank it up in the pool, my least favorite, and ramp up my run miles. I thought 45 per week was going to break me down already; how could I find the time and energy to train more? Sleeping six hours a night helps.

After the third week we both had logged six IronDistances, and I was slightly ahead. I was pretty tired and did not think I would be able to ramp up much more. Like I said, sleep was sacrificed often for time on my indoor trainer at 4:00 or 5:00 a.m. every morning when I was not coaching the Rocky Mountain High School swim team. My drive and self discipline proved me wrong. I wanted to win. Unfortunately, 9.3 IronDistances was not enough.

I was disappointed I did not win, but ecstatic that I came out of it with a huge fitness base and no injuries. I proved to myself I can train this time of year and see Ironman St. George

The highlight of my presentation on Self Control at Liberty Elementary centered around the Ironman. Doing what I love and being rewarded for what I do. I displayed all my sponsor swag from Powerbar, Newton and Timex. Kids love gear and swag

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