This is such an under discussed topic. Considering the importance and the magnitude of the subject. It should have it's own thread. I want it here where it belongs and where those who need and use it may contribute.
This is the most intense and difficult aspect of my training. Over coming the many obstacles that arises in every day live. Plus the mental hurdles that accompany training for a specific goal.
These are the big three I work on daily. Some days I win some days I lose. But every day I fight the battle to over come.
- Staying focused: not missing workouts, achieving goals
There are no days off, days off happen. That is rule #1. If I have planned days off and then something comes up(and they always do). Then I am losing important training days. I find I usually get all the down time I need without days off.
Bad days are the worst. When I'm tired or bagged of energy or just down right lazy. The battle in my mind can get nasty.
Small goals lead to big goals. Figuring out the best way to achieve a large goal. Setting a series of smaller goals that will lead the a larger one. Doing this is easier with a single sport than one that requires both physical and aerobic, the second requires synchronized training and goal setting. For me this is a hit and miss, a definite work in progress.
- Negative energy: battling all the negative forces out there.
This I battle with isolation. I just don't let negative people near me. I spent my energy battling all the preconcieved notion that society has filled my head with. I am pretty much at the point where I don't believe anything that puts a limit on my abilities.
- Staying positive: exercising the mind to over come, to adapt, to dominate.
Staying in a positive frame of mind can be a major challenge if one is surrounded by negative people. It is a daily struggle to maintain a positive out look on everything. I still find myself getting caught up in some negativity or other. So I kick my ass and move on.
Training the mind to dominate is awesome. It's something I do when training or time trialing. I have a mind set that does not understand "can't". I don't go into a workout wondering if I will accomplish what I have set out to do.
I go in prepared to accomplish my goals and live with the results until the next time. I really enjoy the battle between body and mind. It's such a difficult and challenging struggle. One that I hope to someday always win!
I will Analyze and Adapt
Destiny is not to be waited for: it is to be Achieved