I wish I may, I wish I might
Dr. Peter Jensens wrote Ignite the Third Factor. It is a book that examines the role each of us can play in cultivating the desire to be great, how we can reach our full potential. Jensens book is the opposite of that awful book, The Secret; instead of wishing for something to happen, you have to take control and make it happen. You cannot wish yourself faster, you have to plan your training to make you faster.
Take that and add purpose to your training. Matthew Syed builds upon the 10000 hour rule in bounce. It’s not just about doing something, but doing something with intention; you have to push yourself mentally and physically to see those gains, big or small.
We are all in winter training mode now. Indoor trainers. Treadmills. Pools. Weight rooms.
Hopefully most of us by now have set goals for 2013…And if you haven’t now is the time. But make sure you set goals that are measurable. Sure I’d love to set a goal to look great in a bikini but that’s not an easily measurable goal. Instead set a 5k goal. A TT goal. A total triathlon goal. Set something you can race against your peers, but also so you can race yourself.
- Hire a coach: You can read all you want about training. But practice always beats theory. A coach will have that balance of theory and practice. My favourite coaches to work with are the ones that have a competitive racing background.
- Fuel up properly: Think peri-workout (before, mid- and post-workout). My favourite cycling coach finishes our morning workouts with this thought, “you started your day as athlete. Finish your day as an athlete.” That means fueling yourself with good foods with the right balance of proteins, carbohydrates and fats.
- Manage your time properly: Most of us have to work, which means balancing our workouts with work, family, anything else your might pursue. Whether you have 6, 8, 10, 12, 25 hours a week to train, make those minutes count. This goes back to hiring a coach to help you manage your training best and approaching each workout with ‘Intention.’
- Rest: Recovery is needed to rebuild what you broke down. The best recovery is sleep. Plan your sleep. Don’t wish you could have more hours to sleep. Plan to make it happen. Don’t just set your alarm to wake you up, set an alarm to remind you to go to bed.