“There is no off-season, there is only an IMPROVEMENT season”.
January 3, 2014
…or so says triathlete Courtney Pullman’s coach (http://www.powertap.com/blogs/news/8941821-an-interview-with-triathlete-courtney-pollman) which seems like a really good mantra to live by.
One of my cycling friends shared this on Facebook today and it made me laugh out loud: http://www.ilovebicycling.com/cycling-jokes-what-cyclists-say-and-what-they-mean/
I could especially relate to:
- “Hold on, there’s something wrong with my bike.”
- Let’s stop so I can rest
It’s the time of year when everyone seems to be reviewing the previous year and discussing their goals or resolutions. It’s been great to read about lots of other people making manageable life changes rather than trying to make such a dramatic change that they’re unlikely to still be doing things differently in a month’s time. Two people have blogged about this in a way that has resonated with me. This first is So Much Fattitude with her post on not dieting, but eating when hungry, which has been a change in attitude as a consequence of reading ‘intuitive eating’. She has blogged about it here: http://somuchfattitude.com/2014/01/03/a-separation-of-fitness-and-food/
The second post that I thought was really inspirational is on Running to her Dreams‘ blog: http://runningtoherdreams.com/2014/01/03/remember-the-why/ As well as being beautifully illustrated (as usual) with heart shapes found in nature, it includes obvious truths such as “We have 365 days a year to start something new.” and then the real kicker: “I believe by changing our mindset. By looking at every day as a chance to start over. By looking at every day as a chance to do better. By making every single day an opportunity to get ready for “bikini season”. And remembering why we made that resolution or commitment to ourselves in the first place. We can. And we will. Become stronger, wiser and healthier than we ever dreamed we could be.” These are such powerful words – I urge you to go and read the whole post… you will come away inspired!
Despite having calibrated my goals, I’m not allowing myself to think of being imperfect as failing. Today, I was hoping to go swimming and I had written that into my training schedule. However, I’m struggling with sinusitis and after cycling home from work, I wasn’t feeling especially good. Then a phone call from a family member broke some sad news, so I decided not to go swimming. I have been repeating to myself that this is not failure. I have managed to eat healthily today (apart from a small piece of Christmas cake, which was my evening treat), so I’m not going to beat myself up about missing one work out when I needed some rest and recuperation time. Too often in the past, I have set my goals impossibly high and broken myself trying to achieve them – I do not want to end up having time off work because I’ve overdone it when I should have given myself a break.
Also linking to my thoughts about being competitive, I watched this video by Tim Van Orden about ‘running naked’. (Thanks to Sandra for mentioning it in her latest post).
However, despite Tim’s wise words about the need to pay attention to one’s body, I must admit that I am enjoying being able to get some data about my swimming from my lovely new Garmin 910XT (mainly because I’m hopeless at counting how many lengths I’ve done in the pool).
I’ve also been working on my top-secret project relating to this blog and hope to be able to reveal some exciting news soon, but that’s all I’ll say about it for now!
I’ve joined runningbloggers.com to try to connect with more like-minded people and have decided to participate in their Fitness Friday link ups, where people share their latest fitness related blog posts – check it out to see if there’s anything you like:
Finally, I’d like to say welcome and thank you to all of the people who have visited my blog for the first time this week. I hope that you’ll come back again… and if you’ve got a blog of your own, please feel free to tell me about why I’d like it in the comments below 🙂