November 25, 2010



Personal Planning is one of those things I really like. My recent bout of planning out 2011 has me super excited and wanting so, so much to blurt it all out with regards to the amazing things happening in 2011 that I can hardly contain myself. Just today, something so amazing has transpired out of thin air virtually, that I am left with a delicious taste that is going to be there, lingering for the entire week, just making me smile every time I think of it.

I should be able to share it all next week, but really, I would never have gotten here without the continuous process of benchmarking in the last 30 months. Since I started Urban Ninja, things have progressed just beautifully. I am going over this process every few months, seeing how I can do things better, smarter. I am finding ways to improve even the simplest things, which in turn have a knock-on effect on other areas of my life.

Having just had my normal 3 easy weeks after a big block of work, I am rearing to go again with fresh ideas and a far more measured approach to what is going to be, simply, an incredible year in 2011. The season will see my traveling to new areas of the world as well as doing more races locally, but with a special twist which yes, I am dying to tell you about.

Kit is almost finished, agreements all virtually done and the damage done by traveling around the world to race almost sorted out. I am back to running 30min pain free and riding quite nicely again without discomfort in the hip. A far cry from some of the reports I have seen some of my other competitors putting up all over the web, with regards to their mileage. I do, however, have complete faith in my new coach that we will be able to perform some small miracles in the next 8 or 9 weeks. Once back from Epic Unsupported Tour 2010, I will be able to benchmark again and do some proper testing.

Assess the damage and reload. Fire with better clarity.

That is the process on repeat for 2011 as the season is going to be focussed on various different race distances, disciplines and skillsets, with little something absolutely crazy thrown in for good measure.

It’s important to assess the damage, benchmark how it feels and where it came from. To avoid mistakes repeating themselves, I try and write down how pain felt, because my body tends to forget. How much pain was there in Kona? Cant really tell you anymore, to be honest.

Give yourself 2 hours and try fill in the list in the personal planning article. PIN it to your door, your fridge or your cupboard. Fill it in again, in 3 months time and compare.


Fire smarter.



2 Comments on “Benchmarking

November 25, 2010 at 2:56 pm

I am so excited just knowing you are so excited about the news which i don’t even know about yet! Plan to plan as soon as I am on leave …. looking forward to it, but don’t quite even know where to start …..

July 6, 2011 at 1:56 pm

Now I’m like, well duh! Truly tnhfakul for your help.


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