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You get what you aim at

17 April 2008 No Comment

Port 2008 taught us a lot of lessons. Some pleasant ones and some not so pleasant. But lessons are not always easy to accept.

 

A few of our athletes got exactly what they wanted. But every one got exactly what they asked for. Very often we unconsciously ask for things we don’t really want on the surface.

 

Athlete A – Had been training really well. Had adjusted his goals as a result of his great training improvements in recent weeks. On race day he had a clear picture of exactly what he wanted and exactly what he had to do to get it. Throughout the day he watched his planned race unfold. Not everything went exactly to plan but he had a strong overall direction which he focused on during any moments of doubt. As soon as a negative appeared on his screen he immediately focused his sights on the overall goal. In the end he came so close to what he had pictured it was scary.

 

——- you always hit what you aim at ——–

 

Athlete B – He had a mission to complete. He was here for a purpose. Whatever happened on the day was just going to become part of the day. No special attention was to be paid to any one event throughout the day. The purpose of the mission was always there at the forefront of his mind. Not everything went to plan but nothing which came up was strong enough to take his attention away from the mission. Mission accomplished.

 

—– racing with a purpose will always get better results than racing with a detailed plan —–

 

Athlete C – He knew what he’d like as an outcome. He had several possible outcomes. Each one a result of “how things unfolded” on the day. Not everything went to plan. A couple of little things cropped up which changed the way he focused at that particular time. He still had plan “B”, plan “C” and of course plan “D”. By the end of the day he was happy, well not really happy, sort of satisfied with plan “C”. Not over the moon, but it could be worse.

 

—– commitment is the framework which holds the whole thing together, being committed to one strong path will overule the reasons to change directions, or settle for “less than the best” —-

 

Athlete D – He had a plan, a plan for the day and a plan for the weeks immediately after the race. Lots happening in a busy life. The plan for the day was a strong one. The plan for the weeks immediately after the race was an exciting one. During the race he was racing hard with 90% of his energy. His result was 90% of his potential.

 

—– racing an Ironman is not something you can do “fairly well” you can’t be “interested” in IM, if you want 100% of your potential, you have to be committed, you have to give it 100% of your attention as often as possible. Especially on race day —–

 

Athlete E – He was in fantastic shape. An almost flawless buildup. No illness or injury to speak of. Ripped and hard. Fit and strong. A real threat in his category. A course ideally suited to his talents. His biggest fear was to not stuff it up. Everything pointed to a category place or even a win if he didn’t mess it up somewhere. He’d made silly mistakes before, we all have. But this time it was going to be different. He was just not going to stuff it up  this time. He was going like a train, then when things were going really well, he stuffed it up.

 

—– If you fear falling, you’ll fall. If you fear missing the hole, you’ll miss the hole. Fear is a powerful attractant. Once again, you get what you aim at.—–

 

From all of these examples, we see just how important having a clear vision or “where we want to go”  is to the eventual outcome. The more we can refine our goal setting, visualization, and focusing skills in training, the better the race day outcomes will become.

 

We always hit what we aim at.

 

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