One of the best self-help/motivational books you will ever read is the Tortoise and the Hare. Everyone knows the story. You’ve probably read the book to your kids hundreds of times. Did you ever notice that the Tortoise wins every single time? Slow and steady wins the race not just every now and then but every damn time. If there is a secret to endurance sports and life, I believe that it is this: Embrace the process, not the event. The excerpt below from Rich Roll really captures it for me. He says:
“Consistency beats intensity. Consistency beats volume. Consistency beats passion. Consistency dictates results. Consistency is what defines character Purpose is key, but passion is overrated. Because fanaticism is unsustainable. In other words, it’s not about the epic workout. Instead, it’s about what you do daily — because it’s the anonymous micro actions undertaken regularly that dictate not just what you can achieve, but who you are as a human. The past is the past. And so I ask, what are you doing right now? Are your actions in alignment with your goals and core values? Are they congruent with the authentic person within? The best version of who you would like to be? If not, don’t wait until the new year to adjust — change is available to you in every moment of every day. By the way, I say this to remind myself”…..….Rich Roll
Tomorrow is December 1st and, after a brief break, I’m officially back to training to finish the MyGreat8. I have 5 races left. They include a 5k, 10K, Olympic Triathlon, 70.3 Half Ironman and the 140.6 Ironman. As you probably guessed from the pic I posted, my thoughts and energy are geared toward 1 distance and that is the Ironman. The countdown may seem a little obsessive. Probably because it is. However, I like the reminder that right now matters and it’s the daily actions (training, eating right, sleeping) that will make all the difference 233 days from now. Life, like training, is about enjoying the process. Some call it a grind and that’s because some days it is. Other days, it’s a joy. I try to remember it’s always a privilege. The struggles, the grind, and obstacles like Parkinson’s are simply reminders that we shouldn’t take that privilege for granted. So my mantra for the next 34 weeks is this: “Consistency Wins” and “Embrace the Process.” Now, it’s lights out. I’ve got to get up early tomorrow!