I am not the most talented musically, but when my kids are playing their instruments, I can usually tell when they hit the wrong note. Now take the orchestra director- being able to distinguish a single note played incorrectly from 1 instrument out of the many in the orchestra or band is an amazing feat.
My run yesterday had me thinking of such things in terms of my fitness. There are so many variables that need to work together. It's not just one single instrument but an orchestra of many. And to create harmony- they all need to play together. There are so many factors that can be in surplus or deficit. As athletes, we are more affected and challenged by imbalances because we are so much more connected with them. The leisure Sunday driver doesn't care if he is driving 50 miles an hour or 60 miles an hour but ask Danica Patrick (the race car driver) and she will know her speed to the hundredth of a mile.
It is clear to me that for those endeavoring in athletic pursuits, there are so many imbalances that can affect our performance. Nutritional, muscular, body composition, skill not to mention other factors such as training, weather and equipment. And clearly, to get the best results, we need to have a lot of these factors in balance. So how is one to get the perfect harmony or in this case a perfect race? It's more than training and eating good. It's doing your best everyday to listen to your body, to learn more about creating and finding YOUR sync. I realized with clarity that the point of my dreams and goals is more than just crossing that line, more than challenging myself to the limits, more than keeping myself busy and trying new things. I am on a journey of discovery, of actively finding the perfect balance, finding harmony, creating equilibrium. And the thing about it is, it doesn't happen fast. It requires tons of trial and error, bad rides, even worse runs, kicks in the face, water in the goggles, left in the dust days. It requires patience and reading and more patience and researching and did I mention patience?
There is no Staples Easy Button- oh how I wish somedays for one of those. These less than desirable events teaches me more about the right combinations, muscles I need to beef up, foods I shouldn't eat. The kicker for me has always been that for some people, it seems so easy. So easy to spit out fast runs, to train without injury, to get good race results. I know that it takes hard work and effort for everyone, some can make it looks so easy though. And this would cause me to get impatient with myself and expect my results to be like that of others. So, I would work hard and get things on track (or so I thought) and then just when it seems I have got it it together, something else happens to rock the results boat.
And so, I will endevour to always remember my journey is MINE. An opportunity to chase harmony and find my sync.
A few great resources that have inspired me lately. Everyone has a story to tell, and its these stories that motivate and inspire. Thanks so much for sharing.
1. Ben Greenfield - so many ways to listen
2. Tune in radio: Endurance Planet
3. Angela Naeth -
4. Team Wurtle-
5. Tawnee Prazak
Tell me what motivates YOU?