Tracking tool I am using: Garmin 910XT Triathlon Watch
This week a fellow Aligned Life’er generously gifted me with a way to track my progress towards my exercise goals in the form of a triathlon watch (Thanks Kevin!). By tracking a number of statistics I am hoping to gain insight as to how to improve my aerobic capacity and accordingly improve my times for each of the three disciplines of triathlon. I am curious if there are areas of YOUR life that you are looking to improve that could benefit from tracking your results? If so, could you use a technology or strategy to give your real time data that would change your outcome? If so, take action this week to acquire that tool and work on implementing the use of it to help you get further, faster! Remember, “what gets tracked gets measured and what gets measured gets done!”
Book I am reading: Daniel’s Running Formula
Asking the right questions when it comes to looking at data makes all the difference in helping to get towards your goals. This book has helped me determine what are the right questions to ask in regards to running. Concepts such as VO2 MAX, cadence and many more are critical in understanding how your body is responding to the stress of running over time. If you are curious about how to set up a program for yourself in order to accomplish a certain running distance (1 mile, 5k, 10k, half marathon, marathon, etc.) this book is a fantastic reference!
Quote I am repeating: “If winning is the only thing that rescues athletes from “wasting their time training,” then there are a lot of unhappy people wasting their time running. ” ~ Jack Daniels PhD
A lot of people have asked why I am putting energy towards triathlon knowing that I am unlikely to “win” and far more likely to cause suffering during training and races. My answer is that I am looking to change my mind. I desire to learn patience, discipline and how to use metrics to drive performance. I would then like to use those same traits and translate them into all the other areas of my life; finances, relationships, business, spirituality, etc. My hope is that I can use my body as a teaching tool. I believe that this is one of the foundational reasons why our spirits were given a physical body to experience this life. My question to you this week is, “how can you use your body to learn more about yourself and are there areas of your life that could be improved through lessons taught from your body.
Have a kick ass week everyone!
Dr. Devin Shea, DC