Congratulations To AOY Athlete Deb Blair For Ironman Texas

A HUGE congratulations to AOY athlete Deb Blair for completing her very first Ironman at Ironman Texas this year!  Deb YOU are so awesome.

“I am already looking at which race I can sign up for next year. I finished in 15 hr 14 minutes and I had expected to do this in 16 hours and 45 minutes. I am a mother to five and grandmother to 3 and I wanted to set a good example for lifelong fitness for them. 

I can’t thank you enough Kristen for preparing me mentally for this challenge. I owe a portion of my successful first time Ironman finish to the things you taught me in your AOY class.  You provided the tools I needed to not just survive, but to thrive in the Ironman arena. Keep up the good work – you are AWESOME!!”

Deb shared a few awesome snipits about her Ironman experience ~ get ready for some laughs!

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Brief Ironman recap to Kirsten from Deb Blair:

I had the time of my life at IMTX! Virtually no nerves whatsoever leading up to the start. The only problem was I swallowed in a bit of disgusting lake water on the practice swim which had me in the bathroom for 4 hours Friday afternoon. Even then, I was practicing my race mantra: “What’s fun about this that I am not seeing?” While being sick in the bathroom and saying my mantra out loud, I actually started to laugh! It was the turning point to starting to feel better. Very powerful questions you so expertly planted in my head.

During the swim while enjoying getting banged I thought of a line from the movie Days of Thunder, where a rookie race car driver was complaining to his pit crew about the other cars bumping into him on the track: “No, no, he didn’t slam you, he didn’t bump you, he didn’t nudge you… he rubbed you. And rubbin, son, is racin’.” I got out of the water exactly where I expected to be on the clock. T1 was fun and funny. Two women actually found live fish inside their suits when they stripped down to change clothes. Did I mention the water was disgusting and full of stuff???

The bike was awesome.  I got the Mr Rogers song stuck in my head – ‘It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood’ on my way out of town. I found myself singing it. The course took us into Sam Houston National Forest which was magnificent. I talked out loud to myself quite awhile in there, commenting on how lovely it was and that I didn’t want the bike leg to end as I was enjoying it so much. At one point I started to laugh again because I was thinking, ‘Wow it smells like pine scented air freshener in here’, then I said no, wait – It’s FRESH AIR!! Ok, so I thought it was funny.

I finished the bike an hour faster than expected. No live creatures appeared in T2 that I heard about. The run was hot but the support was awesome. I ran/walked the first lap as planned. I met up with my partner who got violently ill after making the swim cut off and had to drop out at mile 30 of the bike. He told me I didn’t have to hurry as I had 8 hours to do the marathon. I decided to power walk for all of lap two. I was so excited to be taking part in my first Ironman I could not wipe the smile off my face. I danced with volunteers who were dancing and talked with so many of the spectators lining the run course. Everyone commented on the fact that I was smiling, and that I looked so strong – they remembered me each time I came around.

When I turned off the course after lap 3 toward the finish line, I could see the lights and hear the crowd. At that instance, I could no longer feel the blisters on my feet, or the aches in my muscles. They magically disappeared. I ran the last quarter mile and high fived every outreached hand. I made sure nobody was close behind me so I could finish alone. Hearing Mike Reilly say, “Deb Blair from St Paul Minnesota, another first timer – You are an Ironman!”  was fantastic. An even more awesome experience was having Chrissie Wellington place my finishers medal around my neck and give me a big hug. It was almost surreal.

I am already looking at which race I can sign up for next year. I finished in 15 hr 14 minutes and I had expected to do this in 16 hours and 45 minutes. I am a mother to five and grandmother to 3 and I wanted to set a good example for lifelong fitness for them.

I can’t thank you enough Kristen for preparing me mentally for this challenge. I owe a portion of my successful first time Ironman finish to the things you taught me in your AOY class.  You provided the tools I needed to not just survive, but to thrive in the Ironman arena. Keep up the good work – you are AWESOME!!

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Remember, It’s a Personal Journey

When you approach your sport as a personal spiritual journey you will find a deeper joy and  fulfillment and extraordinary growth as a person which will also bring you results that will surprise you far beyond what you can currently imagine.

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Kirsten Recommends ~ Juniper Ridge

The use of good clean incense can be very valuable on an athlete’s quest.  I often suggest to AOY athletes that they incorporate incense and smell into their AOY exercises and mini-meditations.  In doing your AOY exercises you are practicing quieting the mind, relaxation, calming, deeper self belief, balance (grounding) and connecting with nature.  These are all things that you practice in mini sessions so that you can easily draw from them when you need them in training and competition (and life).
The sense of smell can help tremendously in all of these mini exercises.   This is especially true when you are using certain kinds of smells like natural clean smells from nature. These smells actually trigger certain kinds of emotions which are very desirable in learning how to quiet the mind or connect more to nature for your athletic quest.  And of course, all of this helps you tremendously in both the experience and results you receive on your athletic quest.

Just about all wise indigenous cultures have some form of incense for ritual, ceremony or even everyday use.  There are really good reasons for this.

The best place that I have found for excellent high quality clean natural smell is Juniper Ridge ~ they are all wild crafted directly harvested in the wilderness and created without any added perfumes or oils.  They are also a very small company and give a percentage of their profits to protecting the wilderness.  You can order their products online or sometimes you can find them in your local Whole Foods Store.

*I do not receive any profit from purchases at Juniper Ridge I just love them and highly recommend them, and of course use them myself

If you have any questions about how to begin using them and what to get first please feel free to just email me directly I will be happy to guide you.

For AOY Inner Circle Members ~ I will be teaching much more about the use of certain incenses and mini fun exercises that are extraordinarily helpful for athletes.  I will be teaching you some things from Native American cultures and from ancient Asian cultures.  All very effective, fun and wonderfully inspiring.

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AOY Wisdom ~ your mental game ~ practice what you want to receive

In this video I give you a short description of why it’s important to practice what you want to receive in your mental game.  I talk about how you practice to get good at the physical aspects AND how it is just as important to be aware of what you are practicing mentally.  I give a bunch of good examples and advice.

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Announcing our new AOY logo!

I am so excited and proud of our new AOY logo!  It is designed by the awesome AOY athlete Krista Cavender~  ultra trail runner and uber talented artist & graphic designer. Krista truly captured the essence of AOY.

YES we are going to get race tattoos made asap

I wanted to share with you her design notes because they are so wonderful and insightful and they add meaning to the image you see.

“I created the center Zen Circle of Eternal Life, the “O”, to have white space around it created by the “A” and the “Y”. This white (or negative space) visually represents your outer circle and inner circle ideas.

The orange ink blot in the center is the athlete. Unique and like no other and connected to the “YOU” in your title. Since what you do is about the focus on the individual and their unique abilities I put visual emphasis on this connection.

The font used in the title “Awesomness of You” has a bold, vibrating and organic quality which I felt represents the energy of the individual. The font of the tagline echoes the brushwork in your logo and also mimics the organic and distinctive energy of the individual.”

You can connect with Krista on her blog OR her awesome Zaps Threads Company (Graphic Tees for Runners and Athletes) ~ I’m sure she would love to hear from you!

Krista is an AOY athlete & AOY Inner Circle member. This is a pic of her moving a few things out of the way on a trail run

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