It’s really easy to get out there and give it everything you have. It’s even rewarded in our culture. When’s the last time you heard someone say, “Go out there and give it 20%!”?
Fact is, just like you can’t get your car un-stuck from a snowbank by flooring the pedal, you can’t expect success by giving your full effort. That’s a certain recipe for burnout. Mind you, if I’m being chased by a ravenous bear, I might go all out until I pass out from exhaustion or until the bear gets me. But that’s not what I’m on about. I’m talking about long-term success.
I’ve signed up for a half-marathon in May. And for the next few months, I’m subscribing to the 80/20 principle when it comes to my training. This week begins a 15-week structured training plan: 80% of my workouts will be done at low-intensity, and 20% at moderate-to-high intensity. I’ll be using heart rate as my primary metric to help manage my effort.
Going slow is hard!
I posted this link last year, but somehow it lost the video reference. So here it is again.
We have Jens Voigt of Team Saxo-Bank showing The Internet around his hotel room. I’m not particularly a follower of Voigt, but he is almost certainly a stronger athlete than I. But he is still human, and shares the same kinds of concerns that us mere mortals do.
13 excerpts from an e-mail that a good friend sent me about a year ago:
- Try to make at least three people smile each day.
- Clear your clutter from your house, your car, your desk and let new and flowing energy into your life.
- Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.
- Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.
- Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
- You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
- Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present.
- Don’t compare your life to others’. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
- Frame every so-called disaster with these words: “In five years, will this matter?”
- Forgive everyone for everything.
- What other people think of you is none of your business.
- Time heals almost everything. Give time, time!
- No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.