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Training For Ironman: Month Two

This November, Hicksville resident Marlo Signoracci will head to Florida for Ironman, a demanding, long distance triathlon that includes biking, running and swimming. Here, she shares her story as she prepares for one of the most physically challenging athletic events out there.

Learn the art of patience. Apply discipline to your thoughts when they become anxious over the outcome of a goal. Impatience breeds anxiety, fear, discouragement and failure. Patience creates confidence, decisiveness, and a rational outlook, which eventually leads to success.

I just returned from a five day triathlon camp in Clermont, Florida with teammates of the Children’s Tumor Foundation Endurance Team and the South Shore Triathlon Coaching Team. I learned quite a few things internally and externally about myself over these few days that will continue to take me on my journey to the Ironman.

The camp consisted of swimming, biking and running alongside USTA certified coaches as well as professional triathletes. I had the opportunity to spend some time with Leslie LaMacchia, a professional athlete as well as full time attorney at law. With my quest for the Ironman, balance is always in the back of my mind. I am a fulltime working woman, involved in local community organizations, a mother of one, a wife and now I have committed to the biggest goal to date. So sitting down with her gave me some insight on how to continue to be very organized, flexible and just go out and follow your dream. She is an inspiration to many athletes, especially this one, and makes it look easy to “do it all.” I look forward to our continued friendship and the fact she will be at the finish line when I cross in November.

There were also many veteran athletes returning to this annual camp. Some Ironman, some marathoners, and some who are aspiring towards the Ironman. Their knowledge is priceless and all are willing to share with rookies like me. At camp, during one of the 25 mile bike rides I had a moment where I was feeling stressed, scared, and that I wasn’t able to do this. We were heading down steep hills with traffic coming in all directions. Most of my bikes rides that I have been on last season were in remote areas where traffic isn’t an issue. Race day the roads are closed. I was never taught any bike skills just go out and ride. During this moment I was lucky enough to have a veteran triathlete behind me who talked me through it, followed me through the end of the ride. It did not end there. When we returned to our hotel, he sat with me gave me some skills to practice on my next ride but also the words to combat the mental part of this journey to take with me forever.

But the largest takeaway from the experience I took away was understanding and the need for me to have patience. The last day of camp I spent quality time with my coach Anthony Beck from South Shore Tri Coach. We went out for a six mile run, followed by a series of stretching techniques, yoga (a first for me) and some quiet time to meditate. During this time we discussed the overall experience of the camp, our game plan for the upcoming season of races and the need for me to slow down and have patience. With a type A personality I want everything now. I am fast paced and sometimes I miss things because I am moving too fast. Anthony is teaching me to incorporate meditation into my lifestyle as a way of clearing my head. Meditation is not a quick cure-all. You will start seeing changes right away, but really profound effects are years down the line. Nothing worthwhile is achieved over night. Meditation is tough in some respects, requiring a long discipline and a sometimes painful process of practice. You may get discouraged, give up, and swear that no such changes could ever occur. Patience is the key. Patience. If you learn nothing else from meditation, you will learn patience. Patience is the essential for any profound change.

What an amazing week at camp. My journey continues.