Posts by akoebel

The Aftermath

By , Jun 25, 2015 | 0 comments

It’s been a little over a week since the race and I am still in denial. Denial that it is over and denial that it was really that hot! How quickly the mind forgets the things that are so hard…and then craves more. After a week of sleeping in and recovering (in my defence I was mostly on the road for work), getting back on the wagon to get out there at 5:30 each morning has been hard. Fortunately, one temporary tattoo  seems to be a little too permanent a fixture on my calf and has been acting as a steady reminder of all that was accomplished at Eagleman by everyone on the team....

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The Main Event

By , Jun 23, 2015 | 0 comments

When I signed up for TI earlier this spring, it wasn’t exactly clear to me who was inspiring whom. I naively thought that dedicating my time, energy and effort into challenging myself to a new level might help someone looking for motivation in a time of facing their own challenge. Over the course of the last few months, I have logged more miles than I thought possible, in greater heat than my Canadian blood is conditioned to, and in the interim even learned how to swim. Along the way, the support I received from donors, the support from the team, the love from my family, and the...

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Testing New Skills

By , Jun 3, 2015 | 0 comments

I was told early on to “expect to get elbowed and kicked” during the swim. Not sure if my hockey instincts or flight instincts would be more dominant, I figured the only way to make sure was to test it out. After all, in the big race, the swim is first and if you don’t finish it, you don’t get a shot at the bike or run. Bolstered by my single day open water swimming experience, an open water swim race was just the ticket to cross the final training hurtle. The closer the event came, the more tactical the advice from friends and other racers became. “Think about...

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Making Adjustments

By , May 28, 2015 | 0 comments

When faced with any challenging situation, my first reaction is to always think my way to the end, determine the possible outcomes, choose my desired best case and then work out the steps in between. I recently noticed when teaching my three year old how to work through a maze in her colouring book that I always start at the end. It could just be the engineering mind at work, but it has been steady and reliable as far back as I can remember. It is rare that things work out every step of the way exactly as I hope, but as long as the end goal is achieved the rest doesn’t matter. That I...

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Who Needs a Comfort Zone Anyway?

By , May 13, 2015 | 0 comments

Preparing for this race I have pushed my comfort zone in so many ways I wasn’t sure it even existed anymore. It obviously started with swimming, but it has extended to so many other areas like the number of hours each week in the saddle, running on a treadmill, even into the amount and types of food I eat each week, and the number of hours of sleep I get. I’m not even sure I remember what comfortable is, and that’s how I know things are exactly as they should be. The thing about pushing your comfort zone is that you find new ways to be comfortable as you adjust to the new...

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