Fire fighting…

fire fighting

I had a ‘virtual leg slap’ from my coach yesterday.
I’ll tell you why in a minute.
You might be able to relate to it.
As you know I’m not a big fan of new years resolutions.
So I set 90 day targets.
I do it for all sorts of things.
Work, training even spending time or going away with Mrs P and the kids.
That way a year doesn’t pass by and nothing has happened.
In April I’m doing an Ironman Triathlon in Florida, one of my 90 day things.
It’s while we’re on our first family holiday there.
How did I manage that?
Mrs P casually mentioned there was one on.
I asked if I could do it.
She said YES (thats a big one in the bank!).
I love my training and I also have a coach. Someone who structures my training for me.
I could do it myself but I love the fact that he holds me to account.
I don’t have to think about it.
I just do as he says and report back times, distances, heart rates etc.
Anyway, January’s not a great month for triathlon training.
I’ve entered into a sunshine and heat event in Florida.
But I have to train in winter conditions here in England, which has been difficult.
So a few things have slipped because of cold and icy conditions.
I’ve tried to catch up with what I’ve missed where I can.
it’s put me under a bit of pressure but I did it.
This is where I got my legs slapped…
Rather than lie to him I’ve been honest with my coach and told him how it’s been.
He simply came back to me and said…
“Russell, stop fire fighting your training, make life easier for yourself.”
With someone who I hold in high esteem, says that, I know I’ve had my legs slapped.
The thing is, I know lots of people with indoor bikes/treadmills.
I could have used them on a dark cold Sunday morning.
But I didn’t.
Subsequently it’s created more training under pressure for me!
“I work better under pressure” simply means “I’m fire fighting.”
Be it disorganised or not a priority.
Lesson learnt on my part!
So if you’re skipping training, or even putting off starting training…DON’T!
It will only make things more stressful and more difficult further down the line.
Have a great evening.
Russell ‘no more fire fighting’ Pearcy

About the Author Russell Pearcy

Russell Pearcy has been working as a health and fitness coach for over 25 years helping men and women who feel tired and washed up get back in shape. Russell has also draws upon his experience as an Ironman triathlete to help coach others through this life changing transformation.

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