Foundations Part 2
Foundations are a key to building, not just in the construction world, but also in business, relationships, stories and in this blog posts case, the fitness world. As any ‘good’ builder will tell you, trying to build without foundations is a risky business, and as a self-proclaimed ‘good’ coach, I am going to tell you the same is said for building fitness.
So let’s get to the point, what are foundations of the fitness world? Well for the next couple of weeks I’m going to write about a few key ones and help to make the foundation of it a little bit deeper…
Confidence is key.
One foundation that I believe is built in to most athletes is an inner stubbornness that has been channelled into determination. For endurance athletes, taking that determination and sprinkling it over your training phases is what gets you up on those dark cold mornings or late evenings to log those training miles and time.
Going into an event two types of nervousness can occur
Going into an event two types of nervousness can occur, the nervousness because of that little voice in your head asking yourself ‘have you trained enough for this?’ or the excited voice that feels the same as nervousness but is saying ‘let’s see what we can do today..’ Both can occur, usually the nervousness of not training enough comes a few days before the race when you finally realise there is no more time to train.. And the latter usually on the morning or before the start gun goes..
Confidence is key here because if you have trained enough, you can read back through your training logs and gain confidence in knowing you have done everything you could have and you have put the work in. If you haven’t, well you can still take confidence in your inner stubbornness and the training you have done, you are now confident that today, your event day, you are going to give it everything and do the best you can. If you are getting the excited voice saying ‘let’s see what we can do today’ you are showing a scary confidence that means you are willing to push to your limits. Learning this confidence comes down to experience, usually from events you have gone into not fully fit or trained.. You learn what you can do even if the training plan hasn’t gone exactly as it should have. This doesn’t have to have come from race experience, it could be job interviews or other meetings you’ve not been prepared for but got through..
Confidence is key here because if you have trained enough, you can read back through your training logs and gain confidence in knowing you have done everything you could have
In both cases confidence has a massive role to play. Confidently smile on the inside and it will show through on the outside. If you go in with a negative nervousness it will show and doubtful critical comments will enter your head.
Remember there is no worse critic than yourself.