The Two Mindsets

Earlier in the week I shared a very poignant quote with our BEXI members:

No one is wise by birth, for wisdom is the result of one’s efforts

Later that day one of our members backed this up with fascinating research by Dr Carol Dweck, Ph.D, Psychologist Stanford University. After studying the behavior of thousands of children, Dr. Dweck coined the terms fixed mindset and growth mindset to describe the underlying beliefs people have about learning and intelligence.

Mindsets are beliefs about ourselves and our most basic qualities, like intelligence, personality or talent. Mindsets are ways of thinking about the world and about our impact on that world through what we believe we can do and can’t do.

Source – Mindset Works

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I started writing this blog about my first marathon in 1999.  About how life-changing it truly was and how everyone should experience something like that. As I was writing, it soon became apparent that my life-changing experience was all about my mindset. I was looking for fulfilment, achievement, recognition, success. I was determined to prove to myself that I could achieve my goal and succeed.  This experience taught me so much – about embracing life, challenging yourself, learning from mistakes, being inspired by those who have achieved and above all – being humble.

As life evolves, so should we!  Embrace the unknown and let your life surprise you.

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Dream BIG!

When kids are asked what they want to be when they grow up, they might say, “I am going to fly a space ship to the moon”… or “I am going to be a mermaid and rescue dolphins”… or “I am going to be like Usain Bolt and win every gold medal”.

They’re spontaneous and fearless. Often they will go on to become pilots, marine biologists or top runners. Dream fulfilled!

So what holds us back as adults?

In her book ‘Feel the fear and do it anyway’, Susan Jeffers explains the five truths about fear:

  1. Fear will never go away as long as we continue to grow
  2. The only way to get rid of the fear of doing something is to go out and DO IT
  3. The only way to feel better about yourself is to go out and DO IT
  4. Not only are you afraid when facing the unknown, so is everyone else
  5. Pushing through fear is less frightening than living with the bigger underlying fear that comes from a feeling of helplessness

As we start winding down for the summer holidays – we’d like you to start thinking about your dreams for 2017.  Think big, dream big, believe big and then go chase those dreams!  And if you’re looking for like-minded buddies to help you achieve your dreams, Team BEXI will support your every step.

Debbie and Team BEXI

 

“The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”   Nelson Mandela

2017 Race Calendar

We’re super-excited about our new 2017 race calendar. Next year we’ll be offering training programs for marathons, half-marathons, triathlons ranging from sprint to half-ironman 70.3 distances.  It’s going to be an awesome year!

  • APR – Australian Running Festival, Canberra
  • MAY – Diamond Women’s Active Triathlon Festival, Penrith
  • MAY – SMH Half Marathon
  • JUN – Ironman Cairns 70.3  (New!)
  • JUL – Gold Coast Airport Running Festival
  • SEP – Blackmores Sydney Running  Festival
  • OCT – Husky Triathlon Festival, Jervis Bay (New!)
  • NOV – Ironman Western Sydney 70.3, Penrith (New!)

Interested in stepping up to the marathon distance? Read our blog ‘Ready for the Marathon‘.

 

 

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Kick the year off with our FUN summer holiday workouts and support your buddies too!

We will be running 2 x 40 min back-to-back beach workouts – one group trains, while the other group looks after the kids. And then you swap! You get your training done and your kids get entertained. Win/Win for everyone!

Each workout consists of cardio, strength and core exercises.  Great for overall body fitness and strength. Sessions are circuit-style and catered for varying levels of fitness. You can ramp it up or scale it back to suit your fitness. Suitable for anyone wanting to add a fun workout in their holidays.

When
Week 1 Tues 10 Jan Thu 12 Jan Collaroy Beach 8am
Week 2 Tues 17 Jan Thu 19 Jan Collaroy Beach 8am
Week 3 Tues 24 Jan Thu 26 Jan Collaroy Beach 8am
Time

Meet 8am and we will split the group into 2 – one group trains, the other entertains the kids (in the nearby Collaroy playground):

  • Group 1 – 8.00am
  • Group 2 – 8.40am

Bring your swimmers and a towel for a dip in the ocean/pool afterwards!

Cost
  • $10 per week ($5 p/session)
  • $25 for 3 weeks ($4 p/session)
Register

Commit to a healthier summer holiday and supporting your buddies!  Register online and pay on the day.

Top 5-Tips for choosing your Running Shoes

Running is one of the least expensive forms of sport, all you need is a good pair of running shoes and you’re off.  Yet, so many people resist investing in a good pair of shoes.

I speak from experience. My first ever pair of proper running shoes were from a specialist running shop in Jo’burg (owned by an ex-elite SA runner) – they were Asics Gel Kayano. I remember clearly baulking at having to pay such an obscene amount of money. Those shoes were worn until they were totally dead!

Some (umm, many!) years later… and many, many more shoes later, I can truly say that proper running shoes are the BEST investment you can make to boost your love for running.

Having recently swapped my ‘retired’ Asics with a fabulous new pair of Hokas, from an awesome specialist running store, I was inspired to share my top tips for choosing new running shoes.

My top 5-tips for choosing your running shoes

 

  • Find a specialist running shop near you. These are typically your ‘boutique’ stores, not your high-street retail stores. As a specialist store, they are staffed by runners who understand about ‘running’. They have been trained by the different brands and are familiar with the latest shoe technology available.
  • Take your current running shoes with you to the store. Don’t get embarrassed if they are somewhat ‘retired’ and unsightly. Your old shoes are a good indicator of how you run. The sales consultant will be able to identify your running-style – i.e. pronate, supinate, heel-striker, forefoot-striker, etc. This is invaluable for matching you to a suitable shoe.
  • Be sure to also take a pair of your running socks. You will be running in these socks, so it is good to try them on with your new running shoes. The sales consultant can also give you advice in terms of whether they have good padding, breathability & blister protection.
  • Discuss your running goals with the sales consultant. If you are new to running, planning to run a marathon, or taking to the trails – you will need totally different shoes. A sales consultant from a specialist shoe shop, will have an excellent understanding of the different types of shoe to support your running goals.
  • Ensure you try on and test all the shoes recommended by the sales consultant. Don’t be shy! I have been known to try on box-loads of shoes. Each shoe will have a different feel, so lace them up and head out for a short run. Again, a specialist store will allow you to go for a short run outside to ensure you have the right shoe. Now I know we are all drawn to funky colours, designs and are brand-loyal – don’t let that sway your decision. You will know which shoe is right for you – listen to your comfort.

As a guideline, running shoes typically last for approximately 700/800km. This is entirely dependent on your running style, how hard you are on your shoes, and the type of training you are doing. At this stage, the support and cushioning in your shoes are hugely reduced and you are vulnerable to injury. Which is something runners REALLY want to avoid.

Our preferred BEXI special running store is Pace Athletic in Manly and/or Mosman. Pop in and say you’re a BEXI athlete and you’ll receive a 10% discount off your shoe purchases.

PS: perhaps now is a good time to write your letter to Santa ?

 

 

 

 

 

Embrace all the good in your life

 

I had the privilege of cheering a friend at the recent Ironman 70.3 World Championships in Mooloolaba a couple of weekends ago.  The atmosphere was amazing! There were athletes from all walks of life, from countries all around the world.

As a world championship race, these age-group athletes would have had to earn a slot at a qualifying event. It’s a huge achievement just making it to the world champs! The key thing that really struck me about this event, was the variety of athletes. There were young & old athletes, small & large athletes, able-bodied & paraplegic athletes. It was truly inspiring watching all these athletes pursue their dream.

One of the biggest inspiration for me that weekend was watching a paraplegic athlete embrace his goal. This guy rolled his wheelchair to the beach, where the race officials carried him to the start and placed him in the water. When he finished his swim, the race officials carried him to his bike (see above pic), where he focused on getting on his bike and continuing with the bike course, followed by the run course in his wheelchair.

It was truly very humbling. He never complained.  He just embraced the atmosphere and all the support from those along the course. At the end of the race, a supporter walked up to him, patted him on the shoulder and said, “Well done mate, you were truly awesome!”

As able-bodied athletes, we often take our situation for granted. We complain about the mundane — “I’m injured, I can’t train… I’m overweight, I can’t run… I can’t cycle, I’m too scared… I am busy, I can’t commit.”

We are all guilty of taking things for granted — however, it just requires a little reminder from time-to-time, to appreciate what we have. Just watch the Paralympics at Rio – swimmers with no limbs, runners with no eyesight, table-tennis players with no arms. It is truly very humbling.

So my message today – pause for a moment to appreciate all the good in your life. Your health, your family, your environment, the opportunities you have, the choices you have… the support you have.

Learn to appreciate what you have… before time makes you appreciate what you had.

A huge congratulations to all those athletes who competed in Mooloolaba — the oldest being 87years old! Truly amazing!

Also a massive ‘Good Luck’ shout to all our BEXI athletes taking part in the Blackmores Running Festival this weekend.  Embrace all the good in your life and make the most of it.

 

Debbie Solms
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The first thing when starting to RUN

We get asked all the time, “What is the best way to start running?” For most, it is a case of digging out your old trainers and heading out the door for a 5km run – which you have not attempted in years.

The obvious happens! You hate the experience, it’s uncomfortable, you are shattered, your feet/shins hurt, you knees ache and your hips cause you to limp. You then decide that running is not for you and throw your trainers to the back of the cupboard. Until next year!

Hands up if this is you? We’ve all been there – but it doesn’t and shouldn’t have to be this way.

The first thing we ask people who want to start running, is what their motivation for running is. For most it is to get fit and lose weight. But more and more, we are seeing people embracing running to manage stress and balance their lifestyles. Running is absolutely fantastic for this!

Understanding your motivation for running is key. But there is a deeper level — why are you experiencing the issues that are forcing you to run?

Do you have certain fears, do you struggle with self-confidence, do you get anxious about certain things, do you have challenges with motivating yourself, do you have self-limiting beliefs – about you can and can’t achieve?

These issues are paramount and effect every single one of us, in one way or another. So going back to our original question about the first thing you need to do when starting running – the answer is ‘connecting our minds to our bodies’. For everything we think in our minds, our bodies have a reaction.

Having delivered numerous beginner running programs over the past 5-years, we have learnt that the most important element of the program is training our minds. The most important muscle in our body! Which is why we have been super-motivated to deliver a program that focuses purely on the mental side of training. We 100% believe that once we have addressed the issues that are holding us back, we can then forge ahead… in leaps and bounds.

Which is why we are beyond excited about our upcoming online program that focuses entirely on the mental side of training. If any of the above resonates with you and you are wanting to make a change to your life, then our 6-week ‘Mental Training for Athletes’ program is for you.  Starts Thurs 11 Aug, 8-9pm.

Give it a go – you have nothing to lose and everything to gain!

BEXI Custom Cycling Kit

We are taking orders for our new sexy BEXI custom cycling kit range. This kit will be ready for our first BEXI cycle event will be the MS Gong Ride on 6 November 2016 – and other exciting cycling events in the spring/summer.

The CRAFT custom collection has been developed in close collaboration with professional cycling teams – including ORICA-BikeExchange (who had great success at the Tour de France this year). The fabric is Italian and all the kit is made in Europe – so top quality!

All items are available in various sizing: XS – XXXL. We have a supply of sizing samples for you to try on – it is very important to get the right fit. Contact Debbie to try on a sample.  (As a reference, I am a M in the jersey and bib, and S in the arm warmers.)

If you are interested in placing an order, please email debbie.solms@gmail.com by Wed 10 August.  Once we have agreed numbers and sizing, we will need a 50% deposit to confirm our order. 

NOTE – we will need a minimum of 10 x orders per item to process our order. If we can’t achieve the min requirement, we will not be able to place our order.

Short-sleeve Jersey – $65 (vs $90)

Jersey

 Cycling Bib – $80 (vs $109)

Bib

Arm-Warmers – $30 (vs $45) – great for running too!

Arm Warmers

My top 5’s of becoming 50

I came across a video clip earlier this week which got me thinking about age.  I’m close to 50 – which is a pretty big deal. Or is it?!  For me, it’s just another year wiser. Of course there are many things to celebrate by reaching a half-century – but there are also many more things to look forward to in the second half of our lives. I felt inspired to share with you my positives and not-so-positives of approaching 50:

Top-5-positives
  • I feel more confident about life in general
  • I have learnt many value lessons in life (let’s say, there’s been many storms endured)
  • I am a better athlete than when I was in my 30’s – my mind is much stronger
  • I am able to reinvent myself by learning new things – there’s so much to learn in life
  • I am inspired and motivated to chase new dreams (#ComradesMarathon – it’s out there now!)
Top-5-not-so-positives
  • Sleeping late is a thing of the past  – try as I may!
  • 2 glasses of wine is my limit – that, or I suffer the worse hangover the next day
  • I have to work out doubly-hard to maintain the results that didn’t seem so hard to obtain in my 30s
  • Hot flushes, once reserved for secret crushes, are now a frequent occurrence – clearly I now have many secret crushes
  • Week night socials are limited to 9pm – or there’s a high risk of turning into a pumpkin!

On the whole, the positives definitely outweigh the not-so-positives.  So why am I sharing this with you? Well… I want you to know that getting older doesn’t mean that we need to slow down; it doesn’t mean that we must stop dreaming; and it certainly doesn’t mean that we should stop setting new goals.

It DOES mean that we should look forward to the second half of our lives – embrace every new opportunity. 

As soon as we feel too old to do a thing – we must do it! 

 

Good life

My Happy Blog!

Today I felt like writing a happy blog. Simply because I am filled with an immense amount of happiness based on what our BEXI team has achieved over the past few months. Also… because there’s a special something to celebrate.

Firstly, to share some of my happy-beans:

  • Our Tri-FIT team achieving their first sprint triathlon;
  • Our Race-FIT teams achieving their half-marathon and marathon goals in Canberra, Sydney & Great Ocean Road;
  • One very special team member who ‘quietly’ achieved her first half-marathon on her own;
  • Others for stepping out of their comfort zones to complete their first 5km parkrun, endurance trail run, and organised cycle ride;
  • Others for teaming up to support each other in ocean swims, bike rides and training runs.
I love how our BEXI community responds to every call that excites their spirit!

Secondly, a very important happy-bean that fills me with so much pride. Our community is made up of very special people and we want to celebrate these very special people. We have therefore introduced a special prize to recognise these people… and are pleased to announce our ‘BEXI Ambassador Award’. This award goes out to one truly exceptional member who lives and breathes our BEXI values. She|he goes beyond their call of duty to inspire, motivate and support others. Each year we will select one member, who will receive one full year’s free training with us.

We are therefore incredibly thrilled to announce of first BEXI Ambassador for 2016 (click to reveal). Huge congratulations to our very deserving BEXI member!

I’m totally honoured to have been a part of your successful achievements and look forward to sharing many more in the months ahead.

Best wishes,
Debbie x


What’s up next?

 


MS Walk & Fun Run – Sun 5 June

 

Team BEXI are committed to supporting our chosen charity, Multiple Sclerosis. We will be teaming up with our families and friends to take part in the 5km|10km walk or fun run on Sun 5 June.  We’d love you to join MS Fun Run Team – or if you can’t make it, please donate towards this very worthwhile charity.