Hello dear readers, welcome to 2017 and my first post of the new year! In my previous blog, I outlined my decision to join the Triathlon Squad based in Poway, California. After nearly two months training with the squad in what is affectionately known as ‘Powadise’, here is a friendly reminder to myself: recognizing a need for change is the easy part, fully implementing and sustaining changes requires a lot more effort.
This is not surprising news. Just like Newton’s first law, people seem to have a natural tendency for inertia. Athletes, in particular, are specifically trained to be creatures of habit trying to convert certain movement patterns into muscle memory. This means altering or reversing some of these routines tends to be - consciously or subconsciously - uncomfortable. Thus, to fully embrace a new process and new way of training requires a daily commitment to being uncomfortable.
For example, I am really focusing on breathing earlier in the swim with a deep hand entry. This has been particularly hard for me to overcome, in part because doing so goes against a movement pattern I’ve perhaps repeated hundreds and hundreds of times over the years. Despite my mind screaming to breathe earlier with every stroke, coupled with the coach’s verbal pool side reminders, changing this bad habit has been - and continues to be - a struggle to execute correctly. When any change is required, it will be hard regardless, but here are some strategies I’ve tried to employ to accelerate the change process:
So to the person who coined the phrase: "you can't teach an old dog new tricks", he clearly didn't have the right treats or didn't meet the dog with the right attitude.
As always, thanks for reading and the continued support as the 2017 season is just around the corner! Stay tuned for an updated race schedule soon.
P.S. If you have a question or topic you would like me to write about, feel free to post it in the comments below!