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July 3, 2012

Building blocks

I was having a conversation with ThatGuy this morning. We had been out riding in the cold, the slight rain and the dark for about 90min, dealing with a puncture along the way. We were talking about training, about consistency, balance, life and how to get it all together in one go.

Unfortunately, there is no one go solution. Sure, I can prescribe the same 15 week program to about 90% of you and you will get fit, you will get faster and you will stay injury free. The first 15 weeks is the first block.

Imagine it as building blocks. If you stack them one on top of the other, eventually it will fall over. You have to widen the entry point at some point. It means going back down to ground level and starting again, from scratch. The other blocks remain, but to stabilise, to gain marginally at the top, often we have to go back and build, from the bottom.

How many 15 week base periods do you need to lay out to get to Kona, for instance? Once you’ve learnt to know what it takes to qualify, is it easy from there on out?

The answer is no. Competition gets stiffer and it takes sacrifice, dedication and quite a bit of suffering just to get to the start line sometimes. You have have plateau’d and not listened to your body and on race day, you may come up short.

The building blocks we take apply to everything in life. Do you keep plugging away at your day job and expect growth?

Surely if you have not studied in the past 20 years you are missing something that could make you a better salesman/technician/engineer? Look at the top paying professions – they require constant studying, update courses and continuously upgrading your qualifications. If you are not doing courses in to further your career, how do you expect to get to where you want to? You read how many blogs about triathlon / running but refuse to read up about sales techniques or new discoveries in your field of work?

Do you think that guy does the same thing year in, year out? That he doesn’t study or work at his “building blocks” to make him a more successful champion? At age 38 he had the best year of his life in our sport. That after the worst year in 5 years. He went back, considered his base, reworked his targets, his style, his strength, studied, references, consulted the best and worked towards being the best triathlete in the world. Simple, not easy.

Where are your blocks about to topple over?

Are you considering every angle?

Are you studying, consulting and reading up on new methods, extreme technologies and are you really putting in all the work to get to where you want to be?

This thought pattern currently has me doing Olympic lifting classes, skills clinics and studying ways to remove the ongoing stress of growing up, making a living and becoming wealthy versus the focus of a balanced lifestyle where abundance is my focus and application is the inset.

Morning rides make for superb conversations, don’t they?

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