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THINKING ON THE RUN

The question is on the mind of every aspiring triathlete.

What do those who achieve success in the sport think about when they run, ride or swim?

For Brooksville triathlete Laura DeWitt, it depends whether she is training or competing.

"When I'm training, I think about work," DeWitt said. "Life is so hectic. I tend to run with a Walkman. When I'm swimming, I'm in this peaceful world, this rhythmic stroke; you can get out of your head a little bit. I work through issues with work or employees.

"When you're in a race, you have to focus all the time on your cadence, your stride, what's my time per mile? If you didn't, you'd just grind to a halt.

"Part of it is mental training, too," she said. "Anybody who does any kind of sport, when you're training, you're training yourself mentally as well as physically. The next time you want to get faster or feel better or feel less sore. In a race, it's like that mental ability comes through."

_ FRANK PASTOR

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