Training: losing sight of the big picture

It’s very easy to get so caught up in one’s training for an event that one loses sight of the

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It’s not about the event. But crossing that finish line sure does feel great when it happens! (This picture is from a past event).

big picture.

That “one” being moi.

I’ve been training for an event for months. Like so many others, I’ve put in a significant amount of time, effort and money to get myself to this event. The waking up early to do a training session before you start the workday. The going out in the evenings for a run or a swim in a freezing cold lake when all you want to do is sink into a couch to relax after a hard day of work. The visits to doctors and physiotherapists – and all the moolah that involves – in order to try to figure out what the heck is wrong with your foot and shin. The new gear – and all the money that involves – because it’s better than your old gear and might give you just a bit of a chance to finish your event. We invest A LOT in order to get ourselves to that start line.

But things intervene. Life intervenes. Family intervenes. Illness intervenes. Injuries intervene. And sometimes all we can think is: But this can’t happen! I need to train! I’ve already invested so much!

Just thinking that the event is the priority and everything else is an “intervention” or a hindrance is twisted. It’s TWISTED.

Well, I’m sick of being that person. It never was about a single event. It’s about having a healthy lifestyle. It’s about keeping myself fit. Events aren’t the goal and shouldn’t be. My goal is to continue to work out for as long as I can in order to be healthy. Events are just stops along the way that I can use as a focal point for my training.

I write this because I was on the edge of becoming anxious about my recurring leg injury that just doesn’t want to go away and let me be. I started thinking that my leg injury might prevent me from getting to my event. And then I saw the big picture and thought, “So what? So what if I don’t make it to that event? I’ve worked hard. I’ve learned tons. I’ve kept fit. I’m probably fitter now than I ever have been despite my stupid leg problem. I’ve done what I aimed to do.”

I’m still going to do everything humanly possible to get to that event. I don’t give up. I’m just not going to allow myself to get unduly anxious about it. I won’t let myself lose sight of the big picture. What will be will be.

 

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