It's only an excuse. Adapt and Overcome

Once you commit to a goal and you start on the journey to success it’s important to have things in place to make it all happen for YOU.

The number one thing that the past weekend reminded me of is to be accountable. This can mean different things to different people but for me it means having a clear and structured training plan and a coach who understands my goals and knows how to get me to where I want to and need to be. The Training Peaks platform provides exactly what I need to get the results I dream of. I have a partner who 100% supports what I am trying to do and a coach that backs me and supports me all the way. If you think about these areas in your own life that’s great, make some changes if you need to. Change is great, it’ll help you grow into the best version of yourself.

I live on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland and the weekend certainly was not “sunny”. We have had some pretty horrendous weather and a stack of rain and to say this tests your resolve to follow the plan would be an understatement. The weekend saw over 150mm of rain falling each day from Friday to Sunday, high winds and relatively cool temperatures.

So my training sessions for the weekend went as follows.

Friday - Swim and then a one hour run. Torrential rain for the run.

Saturday - 150km ride heading west. Torrential downpours for 5 hours on the bike with a puncture.

Sunday - 150km ride east. Dry until 50kms in then rain for 100kms and a puncture with 5kms to go.

The reason I share these numbers is not to tell the world how good I am but to share that you need to have a plan, a goal and be accountable to yourself, your family and your coach. The sessions that make the difference are the ones where you could make an excuse not to train as opposed to just throwing on the shoes or the helmet and making it happen. One of the key reasons these sessions were all hit is because they were planned for through the Training Peaks platform. I had mentally prepared for them and understood what needed to be done over the weekend. Planning is a huge part of the coaching model I adhere to. While plans can certainly change and we can adapt them to suit sometimes as an athlete you need to overcome the more simple excuses and just make it happen.

The other point in relation to training in awful weather is it mentally prepares you for race day because when race day rolls around you can’t choose to stay in bed or “do it another time”. I am yet to see a race cancelled because of rain, sure there are other weather conditions where things are adapted etc but not for rain.

We often also listen to the opinions of others when making the decision not to train. Sure, there is an increased risk to training in the rain but I can also say that these risks can often be easily offset by adapting your training session where possible in relation to route, wearing the correct clothing to be visible and staying warm to avoid sickness or illness post session. I certainly evaluated the risks and knew what the weather had planned for us before we departed and even delayed the start on Saturday by 3 hours to wait for the worst of the storms to clear to a safe level. Managing your recovery can be important in relation to staying illness and/or injury free so keep warm, get a good recovery in and eat well post session.

So be guided by your own intuition a little more. Listen to the voice inside that says “you can do it” or “no one else will do this session” as opposed to the external noise of media and sometimes of people around you that tell you “it’s better to stay inside” or “why don’t you have the day off”

I always think of professional athletes at the top of their craft when these days happen. It’s their job, they have to train but really they are all just like us dealing with the same choice of whether to get out there or not. The ones who choose to get out the door are the ones who win in the end. Success leaves clues and if you follow some athletes at the top of their game you’ll quickly note that they adapt and overcome.

So rather this being a “look at me” blog post please take it as a message that sometimes you just need to roll the sleeves up, as I say put your big boy pants on and get the jump on your competition by training. It’s only an excuse. Overcome and adapt.

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