Doing the things you know you should


Posted by Coach Jay Weber

Ever since we were children we’ve been told to do things we didn’t want to do- wash behind our ears, brush our teeth, tie our shoes so we don’t trip. As endurance athletes we experience the same thing – foam rolling, run slower on recovery days, eat balanced diets, sleep well. The training can be overwhelming, and with it, the resistance to adding in the other things. It’s the other things that I have found make the training more enjoyable.

This week I challenge you to pick one - not ALL - of the little things that your coach tells you to do, or that the magazine article reminds you to do. Pick just one, and see how it changes your performance and how you feel.

I feel my diet is in pretty good shape. While we can always do more- eat better, sleep more, take a nap at lunch, foam roll twice a day, it’s the baby steps that will produce the biggest gains.

I hate to stretch, and I hate to foam roll. The past two weeks having finally gotten back on the horse, has me sore- in the best way possible. I know I am making strides and changes for the better. It also means that I need to be foam rolling more, and stretching more. So far- I am at day 2, and have foam rolled every day this week.

It only takes 10 quality minutes to stretch and foam roll, but it’s made the biggest difference in how I wake up, and get ready for my day.

What will you try this week? Eat an extra vegetable? Go to bed an extra hour earlier?

Tell someone what your ONE change is – and have them hold you accountable. It’s not just swim, bike, run- but adding in the easy stuff we overlook to make those parts better!

~ Coach Jay

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