I want to offer you the best lessons from my winter.
This is the first winter, out of the last five, where I haven’t been ill or injured.
It’s not because of the pandemic.
It is because I resisted the urge to ramp training load until something broke.
Do you know the warning signs of doom?
- Sugar craving
- Hungry all the time
- Need for double naps
- Coffee has no impact
- Inflamed gums (I’m in big trouble once I get this far)
Back in January, I started doing a bit of “real” training. It didn’t seem like much. I added a bit of tempo.
The session is simple, 2×20 minutes climbing on skins/skis, do it Tuesday/Thursday => 80 minutes of tempo, per week.
I’d feel high all day. For the rest of the winter, I had to remember Iñaki’s advice and resist the urge to add more.
I also had to add an extra 45 minutes of sleep, every single night, to recover (from what seemed like a tiny increase to my weekly load).
If you were injured, despite the pandemic (!), then you need to train yourself to follow Iñaki’s advice.
This habit, of increasing to the breaking point, may be applying more broadly in your life.
The BEST thing about amateur athletics is:
If you can learn a lesson, when the stakes are low, then you just might be able to apply it somewhere useful. 😉
- Humility, Patience, Fortitude => how I raced
- Consistency => no zeros => apply it to Project “Life”
- Equanimity => focus on the controllable, leave the rest
Back in September, I wrote about seeking options during the Pandemic. I planned to swap 95% of my ski budget for a new vehicle, while removing COVID’s ability to screw up my ski season.
Worked out well, I traded-in three vehicles, reduced the target specification, bought my wife a new car and ended up with a 4Runner for myself.
By holding myself back, my financial outcome was better. Not surprising – I’m good with finance.
The surprising part was my ski season.
I will end March with 97 ski sessions and I never hit peak traffic, in the dark, with three kids in the car, during a blizzard…
Let’s bring it together.
No injury, no illness, ~100 sessions on snow, 2 new cars, family is improving their skills…
…no net financial cost
…no peak-period driving
…during a pandemic
Take time to notice good judgement.