Thanks so much to the lovely ladies of the new Lululemon Rochester showroom….. they’ve been hanging around in my yoga classes and last night asked me to be one of their Lululemon Ambassadors! I take great pride in never being surprised, but their proposal suited me perfectly! After class they waited till the masses left and gave me the cutest card with a really cute poem. I got punked! How did they do that without me knowing?????
Since I have been teaching at Breathe (2005) I have been wearing Lululemon…we’ve sold it there for years!!!!! It’s strange to me that there is so much buzz about it, of course it’s great!
I remember thinking….. man I will never pay $90 for a pair of yoga pants. Then I did. Not only are they reversible (which means really…. $45 a pair)….. but hands down Lululemon is the highest quality yoga / athletic apparel I have ever. worn. Those yoga pants i bought in 2005? Still have them (along with an entire dresser of Lululemon…. it’s ridiculous!) and they haven’t broken down once ounce in all the years I have taught yoga.
I am really honored to represent a company that I truly believe in. Not only do they make great athletic gear, it’s their philosophy, their commitment to community, and especially to women athletes that really hits home for me (and they make clothing for men too!!!). The Rochester showroom will be opening this month, we will be holding monthly trainer Tuesday classes there and they will be offering yoga as well. So keep your eye open…. I will share the details when the date draws closer! And thank you LULULEMON! (I can not believe you girls were able to surprise me!)
I am in week one of a three week block that will end in Maine at the Pumpkinman 1/2 Ironman. This will be my second year racing this event and it’s by far my favorite. The number one reason: Kat Donatello, the race director. If you know Kat we can stop right there. If you don’t, you are missing out on lots. There is a sprint race on Saturday which I will be co announcing, and on Sunday is the half, which makes for a perfect weekend for our family to get away. I am feeling really good, and really focused, which helps, because IMFL is right around that corner!
Especially right now, I pay a lot of attention to detail. Detail includes nutrition. Detail includes recovery. Detail includes sleeping (part of recovery). I care about my performance and I care about my health. I never tell anyone I don’t have time to take care of myself. I spent years not taking care of myself and it’s a deep hole to dig out of.
One of my favorite quotes is from Olympic Swimmer Dara Torres:
“An athlete’s body is like a race car. You don’t get a race car to go faster by doing more laps around a track. You get a race car to go faster by improving its mechanics, by making certain each piston is firing perfectly, by ensuring each component is oiled and working its best. The same is true for the body. Biomech…anics are everything. Overworking gets you nowhere.”
There has never been a more ture statement about athletes. Whatever your level and ability it’s worth the attention, your health is always worth the attention because honestly, health is what it all comes down to. We are only as strong as our weakest link. If our weakest link is tight hamstrings, that hinders our ability to ride bikes with our kids, not to mention what it does athletically.
I am 36 years old, still considered a baby in multisport but I have been an athlete for 30 years. While I would love to put in the yardage I did in high school and college (and have those times back too!) I can’t. Swimming 12,000 yards a day would put me in the hospital. As we age, as we evolve I should say…… we can certainly get faster. We just have to do it smarter.
I know that my fastest races are still yet to come. But I can’t expect to train like a 25 year old trains. My attention to the little things becomes paramount.
It’s kind of fun actually. It’s like a secret that no one wants to listen to. Which is fine by me!
What little things can you do in your day….. to help you as a spouse, parent and athlete? A lot more than you think!