Looking Forward Never back!

20 Jan

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us” ~ Emerson

I read that quote the other day in this great article in my most recent issue of USA Triathlon the article was titled “Your very last run” About changing your attitude and perception.

That quote really strikes me in such a positive way and the article really brought a good perspective to me in regards to how I train and embrace the freedom of being able to run, bike and swim.

Think about it “what lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters” take just that part so true so often we are hung up on such small things these tiny matters that appear and seem to derail us get us out of rhythm and affect our training or our lives. But if we focus on what lies within us then we will see that those other things are tiny and so easily overcome. We need to focus on our inner strengths the things that make us who we are as people and as athletes. We need to take those words and remember them daily not dwelling on the past or getting to focused on the future but yet live within the moment enjoying life making the most of where we are at that given time. Do you ever go for a run and instead of just enjoying that free moment you have at the time soaking in your surroundings nature you drift into your mind and fixate on things you have to do maybe focus on something that happened in the past and instead of living in that moment embracing the freedom of running you get all out of whack on these tiny matters.

I think sometimes we need to open up our mind and get back to being a kid focus on that run, bike or swim no worries about pace, distance, heart rate any of that and just live in the moment and move forward. I’m guilty of fixating on workouts like all of us and sometimes we have to when training for a big event and chasing goals. But I’m also a huge believer of living in the moment and enjoying what is given to me at that time and not worry about tomorrow or what happened yesterday. I often think about what if this is my final moment on earth? Would I want to go out how things are? Would I want my final run or ride to be like this? My father was taken from me at an early age and every day we all see young people die people that should have so much more time with us but yet they are taken away. Think about that as you wake up tomorrow and go out for your workout. Think if tomorrow my last run is or swim how do I want to enjoy that moment? Free yourself from all the detailed workouts, paces, etc…. and just go run to run. No music, no worries just look at nature listen to your heart pound and move forward never looking back.

Make 2012 a great year, make it a year of change a year of living in the moment. And move forward never looking back. Focus on what lies within yourself not what lies around you. Become alive and embrace the fact that you are healthy that you can run or ride or swim. Don’t worry if you are not as fast as you want to be or as fast as your friends. Don’t worry about those time goals just be happy to be alive and to be able to perform to move forward.

If you get a chance to read the article written that inspired my thoughts here do so. It was written by Cheryl D. Hart and it really opened my eyes and confirmed feelings I have things I have said and wrote in the past.

Cheers
Coach MB

2012 Looking forward never back!

Today’s workout: It was minus 17 degrees this morning so I was stuck on a treadmill for a nice easy run 6 miles at 6:45 pace. Then I had a nice swim workout before I taught a 60 minute cycle class. I’m a little sleep deprived and feeling tired today maybe even coming down with a bug? So well see how I feel in the morning and how hard I push myself. I’m also very due for a massage so that will be a call made tomorrow.

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