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Austin, Texas, United States
I'll make you laugh, or break my neck trying. This is usually accomplished with daily bouts of swimming, biking and running. A former "chub-a-holic," I got fit and healthy the good old fashioned way and went from a mid-pack athlete to top age group runner and triathlete. I'm a Writer and USAT Level 1 Certified Triathlon Coach. I guess that makes me part Tina Fey and part Jillian Michaels. Visit my coaching site at www.fomotraining.com

Monday, April 30, 2007

The Tribe Mentality

If you do it, I'll do it.

Fine. I'll do it.

I met Thon and Richard at 6am Monday morning for an 8-mile recovery jog. Truth be told, I probably should've swam instead, but it's hard to pass up morning conversation and a good sunrise. Unfortunately on Monday, there was no proper sunrise as it rained intermittently during the run. We laughed about the whole "tribe mentality" of what we do.

" Who would've slept in if we weren't meeting each other to run?"
Definitely Me

"Who would've stopped running at Mile 2 and turned around when the rain started coming down?"


Because I had my "tribe," we all showed up and we all did the full 8 Miles in the rain. And you know what? We were much better off for it.

Later on Monday I received an email from Shannon asking if I was going to Jack and Adams "corture" class. I loved the fact that she actually used the word in her subject line!

I said, "The clothes are in the car and barring no thunderstorms, I'll be there."

Oh man I didn't want to go! It's so easy to say, "I'll just do it when I get home." Truth is, the whole reason to go to the class is because I would NEVER do this at home with as much intensity.

Sure enough, I went to class because I was meeting members of "my tribe."

There's so much to be said for the group dynamic. While I admire those who can get up and go it alone everyday, I just can't do it. Thank god Austin is dripping with plenty of training groups from which to choose!


Anonymous said...

pls send me an email and tell me why i should do corture...j

Carrie said...

because you'll get to see me and talk about your upcoming marriage to DB!!!!

greyhound said...

Ok, no one has ever accused me of undertraining, but seriously, 8 miles? Recovery? That's whack.