Do you cram?

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I will be honest. I was a really bad crammer when I was at school and at uni. There was something about the pressure which made me ‘get it done’. This same approach doesn’t work so well when it comes to preparing for a physical challenge. I was reminded of this fact last year when I attempted to ‘cram’ my training for the Nissan corporate triathlon on the Gold Coast. Whilst it is not an extremely arduous event it is still around 50 minutes of sustained effort. Any way long story short, I did some cramping damage to my calves in the week leading in to the event and went in woefully underprepared swim wise. My results on the day reflected this, so this year I have decided that things will be different. I am not the greatest swimmer in the world but have the fortunate situation of having a pool right on my door step, so no excuses huh? Well there are 7 ish weeks to go and I have two swims under my belt and already quite a few runs. The goal is to do at least 20 swims before the event and another 14-18 runs.

So what about you? What is on your agenda? I have spoken about committing to various events throughout the year as they bring focus. The first step is to pick one, then enter it. Once you have done this, start planning your training and then more importantly start ‘doing’. I think about ‘process focus’, meaning don’t worry about the outcome just concentrate on execution. Before you know it you will have an excellent outcome because you simply did what needed to be done! I think head down tail up comes from this same philosophy? So no more procrastination and if you have already committed to something start training for it now!!

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