Cut it out!!! Cut negative thoughts, cut negative words, cut negative people, cut excuses, etc. Why waste time with negativity? What’s the point? Focus your attention on things and people who are positive. Your chances of succeeding and being happy are much greater this way.
Oftentimes one of the most difficult parts about having a training plan is following it. Temptations such as training with friends, group rides, trying out cool tips you’ve read about, feeling good and pushing it, etc can often lead you astray. I’m not saying you have to stick to a plan 100%, but you won’t know if it’ll work unless you stick with it a vast majority of the time. If you have a coach, check with him/her about when and if you can stray, and if so, if it’ll jeopardize the plan. If you created your own plan, review it and tweak it according to when you stray. In the end, ensure your plan is suitable for your lifestyle and desire for success. If you’d rather workout than train, it’s all good, just adjust your goals. Whatever you decide, have fun doing it!
“Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it’s always your choice.”
– Wayne Dyer
Ok, this one is for the swimmers. Working as a coach for 25+ years, one of the most common errors I see in the pool is poor body position. When legs are low in the water, it creates much drag which makes it much more difficult to swim. Here are some reasons your legs may be low:
- You’re looking forward and/or lifting your head to breathe. If the head is too high, the legs will sink. Ensure your nose is pointed at the bottom of the pool. (You can still look slightly forward while doing this). Also, keep one goggle in the water when breathing and turn your head directly to the side. (No looking up at the ceiling)!
- You’re kicking from the knees. This could be due to poor ankle flexibility. Kicking should stem from the hips and toes should be pointed at the wall behind you.
- You’re holding your breath. As soon as you put your head in the water, exhale.
- Upon hand entry, you’re pushing down rather than pulling back.