After running on the dreadmill for an hour on Tuesday, I decided that IM training is 95% mental!! There are many factors that go into IM training: swimming, cycling, running, strength training...those are obvious, but mental conditioning...that's another story.
Can I get through the next 5 minutes running slightly faster than the last 5 minutes? Can I run a relatively slow pace throughout the whole run since I have a VO2Max test this week? Can I get by without leaving the dreadmill and refilling my water bottle? Can I possibly sweat any more? Can I endure the slight chafing I am feeling under my arms? Can I mentally overcome the boredom I am feeling? Can I get through my training to help make race day easier?
The answer to all of the above questions and future questions I may have...I CAN!!