Thursday, February 9, 2012

Make It Count

It's sometimes hard to fit training around work, life, etc. I have a tendency to want to check everything off my to-do list before noon. It's extremely satisfying on the rare occasion I can actually accomplish this. I've learned I can't do this with training though. Stacking all my workouts together might get them done sooner, but the quality goes downhill quickly.

Workouts are laid out at different times in order to allow me to recover, refuel (!) (trust me, the queen of bonking should get this one by now....), and actually rest a bit between workouts.

The other thing I have noticed is that when I do the workouts at the correct time, I tend to rush through them less (because I threw my intention of getting everything done before noon out the window), which also means I focus on the task at hand more. Rushing tends to mean I forget about the goal a bit. The goal of a workout is to get the most quality I can out of a session, not finish it as quickly as possible.

Thanks Justin Mezzell for the great illustration.

Not rushing can apply to just about anything in life - bike commuting, grocery shopping, shuttling kids to and from soccer. I know I need to practice it a lot, but when I actually am able to slow myself down and breathe, tasks become so much more enjoyable.

6 comments:

Christi said...

I often need to slow myself down as well. I hope we can get there.

Beth said...

Oh good reminder for me! I'm definitely a "try to get everything done as quickly as possible" type of person too. :) BREATHE!

Teresa said...

Agreed. Great post and reminder!

Jason said...

That is so true and why I have incorporated the mid-day nap at least 3x per week into my schedule. Working from home affords me that luxury to nap during lunch.

Also, on Thursday or Friday afternoon I shut off my phone and go to the movies. I spend 2 hours in mindless non-sense and no worries at all. After the 2 hours are up I feel much better.

Great perspective.

Will K said...

Trying to fit my training in around family stuff has been a bit of a challenge for me. But I recently got a full-size folding bike that fits in my trunk. So now when the kids are at soccer practice, I go get in a quick training ride. This little bit of multi-tasking really takes the pressure off.

Caroline said...

SO true. I find that I am always rushing, always trying to fit in the one last thing, and thus I'm late to almost everything. This includes training. I'm making an effort, as of late, to try to do less and get more out of the tasks at hand. It's a work in progress. BTW - I am impressed with your goal to check stuff off before noon. With my mad procrastination skills, if things get done before dusk my mission is accomplished...