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Endurance Lifestyle Design — Excerpt 7

Posted by Patrick McCrann on Mar 6, 2010 2:18:02 AM

In the seventh installment from my new book on Endurance Lifestyle Design, I put my jedi mind trick powers to work in an attempt to convince you that you are already well on your way to building your Endurance Lifestyle.


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What’s the Worst that Could Happen?

By now you should have a pretty good sense of where this book is headed. Depending on where you are right now, in your life, the following chapters will either: (A) fit nicely with your world view or (B) seriously change how you think about everything from racing, to planning, to eating and more. History has shown, however, that what I have written isn’t as important as whether or not you’ll actually do any of it.


Do You Really Have Any Other Choice?
I found myself at a crossroads of my life. My training time was maxed out, work was suffering and we were about to start a family. With my back to the virtual wall, the path out became extremely clear . I took those first few steps and have never looked back. But what if you aren’t in the same place and don’t have that same sense of urgency?


If you are reading this book, chances are you are in the same place…even if you haven’t fully grasped it…yet. Understand that time is your most valuable resource, not money. Odds are that your current training approach is nothing more than a black hole that sucks up all the time you have that you aren’t sleeping, eating, or working. This leaves you with precious little time to do the other things that matter to you. In other words, you are already paying for the decision to place your training above everything else, even though you might not realize it.


Understanding the Resistance You Have to Change…So You Can Change.
The biggest challenge of the new Endurance Lifestyle isn’t the intervals. It isn’t the schedule. The biggest sticking point is change. Inertia is simple, easy, and convenient. Change is hard, even though at the end of the day we are trying to make your life easier by bringing your training in sync with everything else that matters to you.


Your current endurance worldview holds that more hours/time/miles equals a higher probability of success. Take away the hours and it’s easy to see how one might think the odds of success have also shrunk commensurately. Not to mention that we are creatures of habit, and we typically lead very full lives. Shifting things around is understandably a little disconcerting, and not only because it means a bit more work over the short-term.


Defining the Worst Case Scenario
If you have all these nightmare visions of what changing your training might do to your fitness, wellness, results, etc., then you need to step back for a second. Remember that this is all just a game; you play a sport and you do it because it’s fun. Many folks lose that perspective as they become progressively more wrapped up in their sport, unconsciously defining themselves by what they are training for instead of by who they are, what they like, where they work, etc. Sport is important, for sure, but it’s not the be all end all. Make it so at your own risk.


For a second let’s say you take the advice outlined here and you do revamp your training. What’s the worst that could happen? You cut back your hours and now you are sleeping more. You are more focused at work. You have picked up a new hobby or reconnected with some old friends or are content just spending more time with the important people in your life. Race day comes and you have a miserable day despite following the guidance of this book to the letter. After you dissect your race, curse me out in a nasty letter, and sulk for a few weeks, you wake up and realize that you can still go back to the old school way. Maybe you lost six to nine months, but in the grand scheme of things, that’s little more than a drop in the bucket.


Besides, it might just sink in that while you didn’t hit your goals…you actually did relatively well on half as much training and you still managed to lead a pretty full life. Imagine that.

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