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!