There's that famous word that we all claim to have or try to have. However, most athletes (yes all of you that read this blog are athletes) don't really understand the meaning of the word balance.
Here's our take on it. According to Websters: A state of equilibrium or equipoise; equal distribution of weight, amount etc;
For OUR purposes (Cyclists, triathletes, motocross, running, NASCAR and more) this isn't quite as simplistic. We are very driven people. We are go getters. We have SO many things going on. Here's how YOU create balance.
TC athletes were at it again last weekend with a great showing at the Killer 3 Mountain Bike Race in Sumter, SC. This fun and flowy course was perfect for the Southern Classic Season opener - an excellent place to put all of that winter training to the test. Bonnie Kleffman saw the top of the podium in the women's Pro/Cat 1 category, despite tough competition in the first race of the season.
This is my third time I'm writing this. Normally I would have given up but not..gonna..give in.
Prefatigue? Many of you have experienced some event/race day results that weren't exactly what you were hoping for. There may be a reason. Let's explain. Typically your week goes like this:
Sound is meh...but it's the message :) Still getting a handle on our Go Pro!
1:20 that will change your life..well it will change it for 1:20
I personally want to thank some twitter friends for the idea. Kinda feel like I'm stealing a bit but I don't think they will mind. So here goes...Mondays suck. Especially rainy Mondays. Cold Mondays. That thought process invariably creeps into the psyche of an athlete. It sucks out, so why should I go out? Why should I go in the garage? The gym?
Wikepedia: Motivation is a psychological feature that arouses and organism to act towards a desired goal and elicits, controls, and sustains certain directed behaviors. It can be considered a driving force; a psychological drive that compels or reinforces an action toward a desired goal.
Homer Rice: You can motivate by fear, and you can motivate by reward. But both of those methods are only temporary. The only lasting thing is self motivation
So..yeah it stinks outside in 90% of our great country. Find the motivation and get on it. Trust me..the reward is great. Find your goal, get the motivation will certainly yield amazing results.
Today's blog was initiated by a current client who blogged about what/who they will be in 5 years. I commend anyone for taking the fortitude to post something and say who or what they want to be in 5 years, 10 years and 20 years.
It's the classic business idea of putting something out there socially (twitter/facebook/blog) to not only hold the person who posted it accountable but hundreds and potentially thousands to hold that person accountable too.
So...who do you want to be? Business? Pleasure? Personally? I know at TotalCyclist we have a plan in place where we want to be in 5 years. Not quite ready to go all twitter/facebook/bloggy about it. There will be days when you look at your "public intentions" and say. "WTH was I thinking posting that?" Then you look back after 2 years and say I am almost half way "there".
I encourage you to post it. Heck tweet it to me @TheChadAndrews and I will retweet it if it matters to you.
Very soon we will be telling all of you our plans for 5 years at TotalCyclist
I am writing here lodged in between several other potential jurors waiting to see our if our name is called to the cattle call to see if the lawyers want our thoughts on a particular case. We wait we wait. The cycling world is kind of in the same holding pattern.
We wait, we wait, we wait to see how and in what state the cycling world is after the doping affairs over the past few years. For those that know me personally I rarely speak about these things because I feel the sport is much bigger than what has transpired. But, it does effect sponsorships and the people "outside" of our sport have a tendency to ask ANYONE in spandex their thoughts.
The TotalCyclist Training Center is the perfect spot to watch athletes. Young or old..new or seasoned pro. It's about watching people tick, how they respond to a stimulus...however, many of our athletes "don't know what they don't know"