A few years after I started my business (almost 25 years ago), I approached a business broker about selling. Profits were bleak and the hours were long.
It wasn’t until I prepared to release the business that I realized how much I loved it. In that moment, everything changed. I climbed the hill and pushed over into the magical descent into my life now.
I went up and over.
If you are a triathlete, chances are you have raced on some hilly courses. Most of us attack the hill (well, the first third of the hill). Then we hang on for dear life on the back half. As we approach the top, we back off, stop pedaling and coast down the other side.
The top triathletes don’t attack the hill; they climb the hill at a challenging effort. They save their strongest efforts for the last third of the hill. As they approach the top they never, ever stop pedaling. They go strong over the crest and the first third of the descent.
How do you know if you are riding rollers/hills correctly? Check your VI (variability index on TrainingPeaks) from your last race. A VI benchmark of 1.05 or less sets you up for a great run. A VI over 1.05 means that your effort was choppy and you burned too many “matches” to run well.
Two mantras I use when racing hills (my ABPs):
Always Be Pedaling. This is especially true for small units. Anytime my speed is under 28mph I am pedaling. Rarely does my speed racing exceed that number.
Always Be Pushing. When the course is fast, it is easy to coast and rest. Resting is for after your race.
The key is to practice up and over in training. How do you know you are doing it right? When you no longer see the downhill as a time to rest. As you “flatten out the course” it all becomes work.
I find up and over applies to more than racing. I no longer look to coast in anything; my family, health and business. Anytime something is hard in my life, I have faith in my ability to push through. But when I reach my breaking point, I know that the descent is just on the other side. Instead of quitting, I remember that I just need to push up and over.
Great turnout today. Thanks to Alex for the reconnaissance yesterday to make sure the trail was snow free and salted. So proud of everyone’s effort this winter. Pandemic training demanded some new challenges and everyone rose to the occasion! BBC Gift Certificates will be delivered at G9 for everyone that completed the series. No easy way but carbs help!
5 Miler for some today and others tomorrow. Temps were cold and windy. Just what a Frostbite series demands! Shout out to Santa on his PR! Great team work today.
Our 3K weather was fantastic. Temps were around 50 degrees with very little wind. I think everyone liked the late kick off. Special thanks to Danielle and Tats for showing up with our Turkey mascot to start the race. If anyone participated virtually, please let me know and I will add you to the list. You don’t have to do the 3K to participate in the series! You can do one, two, or three events. No easy way!