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.
Focus on what you can control. There are too many things we often stress over yet can’t control. It’s a waste of time, your precious time.
Oops! Sorry! I only put this on my Bradbury Fitness FB page this week so here it is a couple days late:
Wishes will most likely remain wishes until you put together a plan. Do it!
Here is a Tuesday tip:
Focus on commitment, not motivation.
Just how committed are you to your goal? How important is it for you, and what are you willing to sacrifice in order to achieve it? If you find yourself fully committed, motivation will follow. -Inga Stasiulionyte
Have a super week!
Refine your stroke with USAT All American and 5x Triathlon World Championship qualifier Mary Bradbury. Bradbury Fitness will get footage from above and below the water, from the side, front, and back as well.
When: Sunday, January 22nd
Time: Video-taping 3:45-4:25pm Clinic from 4:30pm – 5:15pm
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