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Meredith Kessler & Matt Dixon Discuss “One of Those Really Bad Days”

It’s less than a week out from the IRONMAN World Championships in Kona – one of the most iconic events in sports. On Saturday, October 11, more than 2,000 athletes from around the world will compete in this grueling test of human endurance and determination.

One of the women in the hunt to win the race is Meredith Kessler of San Francisco. A few weeks ago, she sat down with her coach, Matt Dixon of Purplepatch Fitness, and talked about “one of those really bad days.” The two discuss what happened, what to do differently the next time and their strategy going into the Ironman.

Meredith also discusses the thought process behind her “team work makes the dream work” philosophy – and why you’ll notice Meredith always uses “we” instead of “I” when talking about her training and racing.

Here’s the video:

Here are a few of our favorite things that Meredith said that ANY endurance athlete can learn from:

“I had pretty much one of my top-5 worst training sessions ever. And that’s okay. We have the ‘why even bother’ workouts and then you have the ‘what the heck just happened’ workout. I had the second one.

“You’re supposed to go into races feeling the most in shape you’ve ever been. We’ve worked for that all year. Sometimes you unfortunately don’t feel like you’re fit enough. But that’s not the case. For us as athletes and as humans, we have to learn how to segregate that and not overanalyze.

“I embrace it because I think we need these kinds of days. It was still a good deposit, it just wasn’t what we anticipated on the day.

“You’re gonna have the good and the bad. I just try and forget the bad as soon as possible – instead of dwelling in the dark place – and use it for leverage for our next session, which will hopefully be a lot better.”

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