It’s All About Performance

Type: Easy Run
Distance: 3.0 miles
Time: 24:00
Average Pace: 8:00 min/mile
Average Heart Rate: 155 bpm

Alright, this run could have been so much better. I didn’t really feel it at the beginning and knew I should be pushing harder, but it just wasn’t there this morning. I am not sure what happened, but it was completely mental. I know I had another gear this morning, but I tried a couple of times and just couldn’t find it. So…this was one of those runs I just dialed in. I know every run/bike/swim should have a purpose, a goal even. I started out on the treadmill with the plan of increasing the incline by .5% each half mile until I couldn’t keep up anymore. I ended up at 1.5% at the 1.5 mile mark and just didn’t do anything else. The rest of the day was great, but the a.m. workout just wasn’t there today. Tomorrow I will pound out a good solid 20 miler on the bike in Mike’s Pain Cave.

Notable n the iPod: “Horns Up” by Drowning Pool, “Immigrant Song” by Led Zepplin, and “Every Little Step” by Bobby Brown.

It’s All About Performance

So why is it that as endurance athletes we are willing to spend so much money to getting faster? If you cycle, you know how much money you can spend to shave grams off of your ride. If you run, you know how much some people spend on supplementation to hopefully help them improve their performance. It is amazing to me how much money people will spend without putting in the additional effort to make the improvements that the seek.

Let’s take me as an example. Do I really deserve a carbon fiber frame for my roadie? Am I fast enough to deserve that bike? Of course not. I haven’t spent years in the cycling trenches to make real cyclists look at me and think, wow, that dude is a badass. Even running, I think my stride looks more like a donkey running that has recently stepped in a gopher hole. My gait is anything but smooth. But I do run in Mizunos instead of Keds, which some may look at as a perversion of why Mizuno’s were created. Such is life I guess.

But I get out and ride and run because I enjoy it. I love the adrenaline rush that comes from crossing the finish line. I may not ever cross it first, and someday I may actually be last (If I participate in triathlons until I am 95, which is the plan, this may actually come true). For me I like cool gadgets and equipment, and I may never deserve the bike I am riding, but man it is nice to work with nice equipment. It is nice to be comfortable on a century ride because your bike geometry as been thought out and you have a good fit. It is wonderful to run in my Mizuno’s and not blister up or get overuse injuries because I work with quality equipment.

The other side of that argument pisses me off too. I hate people who look down at people who are doing a triathlon on a mountain bike. I think the attitude that some triathletes and runners hold of “If you don’t have the uniform, you really shouldn’t be here” is dead wrong. I think our sports should embrace diversity and welcome all people who want to participate. More people at races (within reason of course) means lower race fees. More people at races means a greater opportunity for someone to pass me in the last 10 yards to the finish…

This is one of my favorite cycling videos. It is by MC Spandex and is called, “It’s All About Performance”. If you cycle or know someone who does, you will get a kick out of it!

About the Author

I have been participating in running and triathlons for 10 years and love the feeling that training provides. You may not agree with me, but you know you just can't look away...