A bit of gracious humility here for anyone reading this post in the future. I originally posted this thread in the pursuit of becoming a stronger cyclist, alas, I digress - do not swap out scheduled Endurance rides for rides of higher IF such as Sweet-Spot and/or Threshold.
I did this under the guise of improving my own performance but it has had the opposite effect. I barely got through a VO2 max workout today. Performance in that workout was less than ideal. This is especially important given the fact that a big area of improvement for me needs to be in that VO2 and AC zone. Valuable lesson learnt today - less is more, and sometimes, even less is even more. The old adage of quality of quantity is burnt into my mind after this morning.
I am reading an amazing book at the moment called, ‘The Obstacle is the Way’ by Ryan Holiday, and true to form, the chapter on ‘The Process’ that I have just read rings very true here. Altering a program and not resting the body - listening to that mind position of wanting to push harder and harder every session - is a surefire way to collapse under the weight of your own expectations, and dare I say it, performance. The quotes below seem to sum it all up perfectly:
“Where the head goes, the body follows. Perception precedes action. Right action follows the right perspective” - The Obstacle is the Way, Ryan Holiday.
The mind in most cases wants to push on so that we can achieve our goals quicker. I would hazard a guess and say that 99.9% of the time pushing on with that is counterproductive to actually achieving your goals. Couldn’t help but think that these two quotes below also ring true.
“We are A-to-Z thinkers, fretting about A, obsessing over Z, yet forgetting all about B through Y.” - The Obstacle is the Way, Ryan Holiday.
“The process is about finishing. Finishing games. Finishing workouts. Finishing drives. Finishing sets. Finishing plays. Finishing blocks. Finishing the smallest task that you have right in front of you and finishing it well.” - The Obstacle is the Way, Ryan Holiday.
With that, I will leave this post with my hand up in the air saying I learnt a valuable lesson about my own body today - follow the process.
I gladly, and graciously, accept Petit on my schedule tomorrow morning.