Albert Einstein once said "the measure of intelligence is the ability to change."
George Eliot once said "It is a narrow mind which cannot look at a subject from various points of view."
Think about the way you approach your training. Are you open to trying new things, or do you believe one way is the best way? Think about why you think the way you do.
As as our bodies age and change, our training may need to change as well. Perhaps a severe injury occurred that doesn't allow us to train in the same way. Maybe it means a new brand of shoes. Maybe it means compression sleeves. Maybe it means backing off mileage or hitting the trails instead of pavement. Keeping an open mind and allowing your training to evolve can keep you on the roads and trails for years to come. It can also keep you from becoming stagnant in your fitness journey.
At some point, we begin to realize our bodies are not 18 years old anymore. Our metabolism begins to slow, and things begin to hurt a little more. But that doesn't mean we cannot get faster and stronger. It just means we can't eat 3 large pizzas and drink a 6 pack every night before we train.
Recently, an athlete shared something with us that was very interesting. This particular person is a triathlete, runner, and all around very fit. She's in her mid 50s. She said "If I want my body to operate like I'm in my 20s, I have to make changes to keep it running well. I have to eat incredibly clean and take care of myself." The reason she is so successful is because as she has aged she has changed her training and life habits to match her goals. Her mind has stayed open and she has done what is necessary even if she may have been skeptical at first.
So here's the deal. Why do we close our minds to learning new things? Do we think we have already discovered the best way? Is it an idea we have in our head? A stereotype? Let's see.
Here's an example. Nick has been struggling with severe knots in his calves for a while now. He has upped his water and magnesium intake and has been seeing a masseuse to help work out the knots. At one point it was suggested he wear calf sleeves to help with the knots. Nick says at one point in his life he would have laughed at this and said "no way" - but he's chosen to keep an open mind and try it. Guess what? It's helping.
10 (or even 5) years ago Nick may have scoffed at this idea. But he chose to do what he needed to reach his goals. It may seem trivial, but making that small change has allowed him to run daily with much less discomfort.
The same goes for training plans and workouts. How many of you were skeptical at first that speed work could work for you? Now what do you think?
Sometimes we see a workout and think, "that won't work for me" so we modify or change it. Why? It's one thing if there's a legitimate reason such as an injury, but if we change that workout because we are scared of it or think we cannot complete it, what's the point? Where is the growth?
Sometimes we begin to feel entitled. The feeling of "well I should be able to do that workout" or "who is going to run this with me today" or "I need you to rewrite the paces because I can't do that" or "I'm not going to do that race if I can't place or win" or even "I'm too fast for that workout. Why bother" - here's the deal. Get over yourself. Seriously. You are not entitled to anything when it comes to fitness. When you start to believe you deserve it and you're that great, you'll begin to fail. Trust us.
Think about sports that believe their way is the only way. Are those athletes truly as fit as they believe? Nope. We don't believe you want to be that way. So forget the arrogance and preconceived notions. Take care of yourself, work toward your goals, train accordingly, and don't believe you're better than anyone else. Continue to learn and work hard. Stay humble and keep your mind open. The more you're able to learn, the more efficient you become. The more efficient you become, the more streamlined and effective your training will be.
So if you tend to have a closed mind when it comes to your training, think about why. Is it entitlement? Is your way the best way? Is it because that's how you've always done it? Maybe it's because you're scared to try anything new. Maybe someone is telling you you cannot do it so don't bother. Whatever it is, start opening your mind. Come on out of that shell and explore what the training world has to offer to you.
"It does take great maturity to understand that the opinion we are arguing for is merely the hypothesis we favor, necessarily imperfect, probably transitory, which only very limited minds can declare to be a certainty or a truth." - Kundera
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