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Sports Psychology and Mental Toughness

(The article below is taken from this page. See info about the author at the bottom.)

What does it take for you to reach your potential as an athlete? The true challenge in triathlon, marathon, cycling and open water swimming is the competition between you and the course, you and the clock, but primarily between you and your mind. Success in these endurance sports is all about your mental ability to handle the pain and fatigue of oxygen debt, about your ability to master the limits that you think you have. The endurance sport athlete’s most formidable opponent can be found in the mirror. You are both the problem and the solution!

Are you mentally tough as an athlete? Is sports psychology an active part of your training or simply an after-thought? Do you know how to consistently harness the power of your mind to lift the level of your performance? Or are you your own worst enemy out there? Are you the kind of athlete who beats him/herself well before the race’s finish?

Haunted City Junior Triathlon 2008

8/9 Update: Results post in Haunted City Junior Triathlon Results this blog entry.

I recently discovered this junior triathlon for kids as young as five years old! I’ve started discussing it with Morgan. I’m hoping she’s up for the challenge. We’ll see. Here are the highlights, which I copied from the official event page.

Mass State Triathlon 2008

July 30 Update: Brightroom photos are now online for Erik, Frank and Tyler. There are also some good photos of us in the Lost & Found. I’ve added the preview sizes of these to the end of the photo slideshow below.

On Sunday, July 27th, my brother-in-law Frank Britt, his son Tyler Britt and I competed in the Massachusetts State Triathlon. Click the play button below to see the photo slideshow, or click the link in the photo’s bottom left to see the Picasa Webalbum.

2008 Races

I’m using this page to help me track the runs, bike races and triathlons that I’m thinking of competing in this summer. From here I will link to race information and my blog posts if/when I write about them.

Here are some good sources of race information:

Day at North Andover Country Club

We had a great day hanging with Britt family at the North Andover Country Club.

2008 POWOW Triathlon

Had a great event today with my brother-in-law, Frank Britt, at the POWOW Triathlon. We bought our first wet suits yesterday at Fast: Splits Multisport and got to try them out in Lake Gardner. Thanks to Noreen, we have some great pictures to show for our efforts! (Click the Play button to play the slideshow right here. Click on link in lower left to see the Picasa Web Album.)

July Vacation visit with Sophie and family

We had a great 4th of July vacation visiting our friends in Rowayton, CT: Lynn, Steve and Sophie Blank. Below are some pictures and videos from our trip.

Photo slideshow

Click the play button to play the slideshow here. Click on the link in the lower left corner of the album to see the photos in the Picasa Web album.

JPMorgan Chase Corporate Challenge

Enjoyed a great outing yesterday, running in the JPMorgan Chase Corporate Challenge in Boston. Met up with three of my former colleagues, Laura Carrillo, Stacie Stark and Anne Bishko. Special thanks to Laura for taking and sharing the pictures in the slideshow below.

Erik's Favorite Lasagna Recipe

Preheat oven to 375º

½ lb. ground beef [or turkey]
¾ cup water
1—32 oz. jar spaghetti type sauce
½ tsp salt
1—8 oz pkg. lasagna noodles, uncooked
1 cup ricotta cheese *
12 oz mozzarella cheese grated
¼ cup parmesan cheese
[This for 7x11 pan.]

Brown ground meat and drain.
Add water, salt, sauce and boil.
In pan, layer sauce [hot], noodles, ricotta, and grated cheese. End with sauce.
Cover tightly and bake ~ 1 hour
Let stand ~ 10 min. and put parmesan cheese on top.

*[Instead of simply ricotta:]
2 eggs, beaten
16 oz ricotta [if 9x13 pan]

Classic Vanilla Bean Ice Cream Recipe

As summer approaches, I start to see more shopping ads that include recipes for favorite summer treats. Here’s a good one from Williams-Sonoma.

The best vanilla ice cream is made with vanilla beans that have been steeped in custard to release their maximum flavor. If vanilla beans are unavailable, simply omit the steeping and add 2 tsp. vanilla extract to the chilled custard before freezing.

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