September 14, 2011

Revving the Engine


image from Marc

Yesterday, I set a crash course program for Challenge Cape Town, now that O till O is complete. It’s quite a scary one, I have to admit but hey, I`m happy to fail from time to time and this certainly will have me in the failure area if I am not 100% diligent with recovery. In the run-up to O till O, I focussed on specific elements that take more time to get right (swim economy, for instance) and got in as much winter riding as possible, whilst remaining healthy and having a mad work schedule.

So now, we have a 5 week block based very much on maintenance of swim and run form and supercharging the bike leg for the race.

This involves early mornings, weekends spent in a post-endorphin-haze and being ultimately, focused on economy of movement for the next few weeks. Whilst I cannot work much on the testing aspects, protocol aspects and the fine tech that could help, here is a short list of things I DO control:

– Quality of sleep
– Stability of body weight
– Mood
– Quality of nutrition
– Financial stability
– Emotional stability
– Illness and injury history
– Immune system function
– Accident assessment – shelled athletes crash, fresh athletes have close calls.

These are items that I can keep untangled as such. Very importantly from that article for me in the next few weeks:

What you can do, however, is work on yourself, is accept yourself as you are right now, is start to fuel your own personal inner fire of belief without any external sources. It’s not that you don’t value the thoughts of friends and people you love, but instead, that you accept them as simply that: thoughts and input from the outside world. If every time you speak to a group of people, they yawn and look away, accept that maybe you’re boring them, but don’t take it any further than that. Don’t read minds. Just take that information and decide what you want to do about it.

There are going to be but a select handful of people who will put up with me in the next few weeks. They understand the drive and value the commitment (and that I will return from the haze soon).

Thankfully, there is a relatively economic engine under the hood which I merely need to rev a little and I don’t have to put in months of hard work to get close to where I want to be. I will most likely not be in the best shape of my life come 6 November, but I will get close, if all goes well. I am content that in my sporting life, I have done the basics to be able to merely rev the engine a little to get Pareto’s Principle going for me. Doing the work, as I have always stated, is the basic foundation. Once it’s there (just Google 10 000 hours), it’s easy to rev it.

In the next few weeks, I will be reporting back to you on some movement exercises a friend has given me to try out, to do with improving movement and reducing energy waste whilst swimming, cycling and running. Improving response times and being able to maximise performance whilst having a full time job is essentially once of the key pillars to this blog. I am excited to try a few new things and share them with you.

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