My FRiend, Try easy!
Hey Everyone, sorry its been awhile I have been swamped down with lots of stuff going on and also the internet deleted my last post for some reason (WTF). Anyways I'm back and I wanted to talk about a critical aspect of what I think creates success in triathlon and for that matter life. I believe this distinction is the ability to focus and hone in on things and then other times to intentionally focus out.
Focusing is the art they teach in school at work and in most aspects of life. We are taught that we cannot succeed in life without having the ability to focus extremely well on things. Obviously I agree with this but there are times where we shouldn't focus. Dissociation of focus is what meditation or just living without an immediate goal (which is quite hard to do) is. It is an aspect of life that provides such enjoyment and is quite rare. Triathlon provides a link between the two.
Whats the best way to run a "fast" pace for a long amount of time. The answer for me lies more in what I do mentally than what I physically am capable of. What I have tried this last week is first believing and telling myself that I'm actually not running fast and therefore the pace should be easy and I can therefore relax. This is an amazing trick you can use with your mind. if you start anything saying it will be really hard, it is going to be! Sounds crazy but it works. We are all capable of anything and the energy already exists, it's just a matter of harnessing it. The second step is finding a "zone". This zone is an incredible space where time is not a factor and the rational molds away. You lose track of who you are and movement becomes the mode of expression for the soul.
This zone is the ability to disassociate focus at the proper time. One has to use focus to hone their speed to where it needs to be and then have a secondary focus (this is why we train so much after all!) to maintain that pace without thinking about it. From here one needs to enter a "space" where your not thinking about running or anything in life. Thoughts almost are not their and you become one with the energy of the world. Doing this is how you can accomplish great feats in athletics for yourself.
This week I managed to truly believe that I can do it and I swam faster than ever before, ran 5 minute miles in a tempo run and also did a 20 mile long run on 6:25 pace!All feats that would have been a race effort and I did it day after day.
So my Friend go out and try easy!