Why is it, as a society, we spend so much of our lives doing what we think or we are told we ‘should’ do instead of living our lives doing the things we love to do? We grind away 9-5 for the best parts of our lives getting ready for retirement and often doing things that make us stressed or unhappy. When was it decided that this is the way it has to be? My read at the moment is a book called ‘The 4-hour work week’ by Tim Ferris, a book I have been looking at reading for some time now and I have to say it is not disappointing me. I am only half way through the book but here are a few of the main points I have taken away so far:
Take ‘mini-retirements’ throughout your life, take advantage of the most physically able years you have.
Don’t give in to fear, more often than not the consequences of ‘failure’ are no where near as bad as you imagine and actually provide the greatest learning curve.
Be productive not busy – always start your day getting the most important tasks done, often these are the most challenging but usually the ones that will ultimately lead you to your goal.
Eliminate interruptions – this includes, Facebook, emails and phone calls. Stay focused.
I will bring you an update later when I have finished the book, however, why are you taking my word for it go and get a copy and have a read. Start making those goals reality!
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There have been plenty of mountains, trails and running over the last couple weeks, I have been lucky enough to be able to immerse myself in the outdoors. Lets start with this last weekend when my main role for the day was to go down and support many amazing runners at ‘The Wild Horse Criterium’ event. you may ask why i was not running, the answer is simple I realised this race was not one that was going to take me closer to my goals, its important to ‘stay in your own lane’ and keep that focus! Anyway back to the race, the day bought a mixture of highs and lows but what stole the morning was the solid display of friendship and team support when the going got tough, it was one of those real moving moments that just got me (yes i do have a soft side) and made me so proud to be surrounded by absolute champions. Our little running community rocks my world.
The last couple of weekends of our JMT Run RIOT course have been epic, with the pleasure of being able to hit two beautiful trails. Here are just a couple of snippets of where we have been training, we really do live in a beautiful corner of the world here.
It is just incredible how far people have progressed in just 4 weeks, everyones hard work is really starting to shine through! Having personally followed Jamie Milne’s ’12 weeks to an ultramarathon’ program to get me across the line of my first 100km ultra event last year i can give a personal thumbs up to this and the success of our RIOT course thus far is just another testimony to how powerful the principles of this training style really are. Be sure to make strength and interval training a core component of what you do. When I first opened myself up to this differing approach to my training, as opposed to just pounding out the km’s, it got me curious. So the scientist in me got straight to work finding all the information I could. It became evident that there is an astounding amount of research with very convincing results backing the fact that strength and interval training actually outperforms aerobic training in improving our overall conditioning. Not that I’m saying time on your feet is not important, it absolutely is and if you are like me then the freedom of the long runs are what it is all about, but what is also important to me to be able to continue to run right through into old age and for this you need a body made of steel.
Just a final note to summarise and put all of this together – set your goals, stay focused, find out all the information you can, learn from those who have ‘walked their talk’ and finally, surround yourself with people that inspire that goal to come alive.