Recently my training has revolved around four different Turbo Trainer sessions. Each is quite different, and I rotate them, using a shorter one when time is limited, a two-hour “marathon” once a week to help build my stamina, but generally alternating the other two.
As a result of the limited repertoire and frequent repetition, I have become very familiar with the various courses, and comfortable with the work-outs. I know what’s coming and I can effectively pace myself to get the most out of each session (factoring in how I’m feeling on any particular day)*.
That all sounds good, and probably is on some levels, but it’s not real life. Wouldn’t it be great if we always knew what the future held in store for us, if we always knew what was waiting for us around the next corner. Wouldn’t life would be easy!
As we all know, life is full of surprises. No matter how much we dislike them, we have to be able to deal with them. We can get better through practice, but that requires work and sometimes more than a little bit of courage.
Today I selected a new work-out, something different. I was surprisingly nervous given I wasn’t going to be moving from the same spot in my office. For the first time in some time I was going to expose myself to something quite new.
As it happens, the new work-out didn’t work out, but that’s another story (equipment rather than health problems so nothing to worry about!). So, for the time being I’m going to take some satisfaction from the fact that I tried… the biggest hurdle has been overcome. I’m sure actually completing the session will be no trouble at all!
* Thinking back to winter training during my days as an athlete, I remember some of the Fartlek sessions we did as a group.
I used to love them when I was calling, when I was the person who decided what came next. Simply knowing what was coming made it easier in some way. I’m sure everyone else used to hate it because I think I made the sessions much tougher.
When I was in the group following someone else’s instructions, the glove was on the other hand, and I used to find it much more difficult.