Change the question, change the mindset, change the solution.
Other than talking about pink pants in my previous post, I mentioned about changing my mindset.
Last night was a good example. Every Thursday, I have fellowship and I also have to do a swim and a bike session.
If I plan to ride for an hour, I always end up riding less. Last night, I accept the reality. The fact is I can't fit two training sessions plus fellowship in one day. That's just not enough time.
On Tues, I have the same two sessions. Swim in the morning and bike after work. Yet I was stress free. I wasn't rush.
Why is that?
Then the solution was staring in my face.
My rest day is on Monday. Why don't I move the rest day to the Thursday?
Then my training won't suffer. I can attend fellowship. And my stress level can be kept low.
Here is another thought I had last night:
Every season when I started training, I asked myself this question: "How many hours do I need to train for X race?" There will be no solid number but the mentality is to cram as much hours as possible. I have done that last year and there were a few times where I almost burn out.
The question should be how can I adjust my lifestyle so that I can sustain a high volume of training?
Once again, a change in question led to a change in mindset. For the past few weekends, I kept my schedule lax. Any activities that doesn't support my training are reduce or eliminated.
Last season, I will get up early, rush to train, rush to go out. Every minute counts.
This season, I give myself more buffer. Get up at 9. Take my time to get ready. I make sure I have adequate recovery before heading out at night. Mentality is to keep it lax, keep it fun.
Tomorrow..a long bike ride, a good swim then a movie at night.
Life is good....