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    How to Train on Staying Disciplined.

    Make a commitment to do something impossible. August 10, 2017 Enhancing Human Performance
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    Feeling a little undisciplined and lazy with summer holidays upon us?  It seems that it's hard to stay on track with our disciplines in the summer. It's always easier to take the lower road.
    It takes a tremendous amount of intention and discipline to do the things we need to do.

    One way to stay focused and disciplined that has worked for me over the years is to commit to a race that I cannot complete without really hitting my training hard.

    This has been various things for me over the years. Ironman, marathons, biking up Haleakala Crater, Crossfit Open Rx, and now the Haute Route Ventoux 3 day bike race in France. Is it any wonder that I'm cycling 5 days a week and now approaching and surpassing 300 km per week? If you take a look at the race it's a total of 260 km over three days.  Not so bad but it's the 25,000 vertical feet of climbing that makes my sphincter fibrillate. With that much climbing, I need to drop about 10 more pounds before early October. How do you think my eating and drinking discipline is going to be over the next 8 weeks? Better or worse than if the race wasn't looming in the near future?

    My challenge to you this summer is to sign up for something that will kick start your training and keep you disciplined.

    In reality it doesn't have to be all that big, it just has to be bigger than what you can do now. How about a burpee challenge? Depending on your fitness you could start off with 10 burpees per day for the first week. The following week move up to 20 a day. By the third week do 30 per day and stick to 30 a day for the next 3 months or 12 months. Tell everyone about it to keep you accountable. 

    If you are time crunched because of family etc., don't add a long endurance event that is going to take up too much time. Set a previously unattainable goal for a shorter race like a 5km run. Sign up and target a personal best time in that distance. Train by doing short high intensity interval training (HIIT). How about starting to do our Warrior hero workouts, Jeremy and Nate?

    Pick something right now. Don't finish reading without choosing something and write it down as a Gap project and tell your spouse and your accountability partner about it.  

    As a heads up we will be doing Jeremy and Nate at Camp. I'm also working on a fresh workout for Camp.

    Enjoy the training and stay disciplined throughout the summer and your Fall will rock!

    Be Blessed,

    Coach Yurij


    On Thursday, August 24, 2017, Stephen Lippitt said:

    This has become one of my most key strategies to initiating change in my body and my health. And when one thing changes, everything else seems to follow!


    On Monday, August 14, 2017, Yves said:

    Good strategy Yurij. I have booked races at regular intervals (almost monthly) to stay committed to training including the Army Run in Ottawa the day after camp. (not sure that was a smart move). God Bless. Yves


    On Sunday, August 13, 2017, Ruth Neil said:

    Thank you. This is just what I needed. :-)


    On Saturday, August 12, 2017, Freddie said:

    Thanks Yurij for the great thoughts!

    All because of Warrior and all the training principles, I just finished my 100th competitive race 2 weeks ago. From 5ks and Sprint Triathlons to Boston Marathons and Ironman, from DNFs to winning races, I am so thankful for the ability God gave me to challenge myself physically, mentally, and spiritually. If I didn't have a race, my level of commitment and subsequent performance would definitely not be as high. Please pray for me at the ITU World Duathlon Championship next Monday Aug 21 at 7am in Penticton, BC. (Also pray for those afflicted by the forest fires in BC where I'm racing).


    Romans 12:1-2 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.


    On Friday, August 11, 2017, Joshua Nikkanen said:

    Exactly what I need to hear right now. I am picking my next race right now!


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