Saturday, March 29, 2008

Success is

Success is focusing the full power of all you are

On what you have a burning desire to achieve.

W. A. Peterson

Question of the Week
Are you totally focused on that which you wish to achieve?

I get these quotes from my Dad who has always been a HUGE motivator in my life. He has been able to help me believe that I can achieve anything I set my mind to. This goes all the way back to high school volleyball days when I was in the weight room with the boys lifting in order to increase my jump height, to applying to physical therapy school, to finishing my first triathlon, first Ironman, racing at Worlds etc.

This quote came this week and I have been thinking about it with my athletes and myself. To achieve the goals we set we have to do things that hurt, we may not like, things we dread. That is part of what it takes to accomplish things that may seem impossible. For some, this means getting up at 4:30 in the morning to get their workouts done, others it may mean passing on the sweets and snacks to improve the strength/body weight ratio, may mean spending a little more time staring at the black line at the bottom of the pool, and for some it may mean taking that step towards showing up for group ride.

For me this year it means staying in the weight room (among others things, as I have switched into IM racing again). I've noticed over the past 2 years that once I stop lifting pre-season....I lost my strength faster than before, and then fizzle towards the end of the season, or get minor injuries etc. So, even though this is a workout that seems tedious, or one that could be skipped if short on time (who wants to make another trip to the gym especially when it starts getting nice out), I am going to stick with it through the season and treat it as important as any key workout on the schedule. I started following the BFS weights again in the fall and it keeps it interesting and is always changing. ( more on that later)

Take a good look at what may be keeping you from your goals, and focus on doing what it takes to get the job done.

1 comment:

ccordogan said...

ohmmmm! You give me (us) a lot to think about here...I can really work harder on every aspect of training...especially passing on the harder at the gym, leaving my comfort zone...In sum to answer the question of the week...I might not be totally focused...or there are different levels of focusing and your post helps me re-think my focus.