Deliberate Practice….

So after going through my performance in yesterday’s Shamrock’n Half Marathon, I was thinking to myself where was the breakdown? What excuses am I going to give to myself? Then most importantly what really happened for me to run my time that I did? It comes down to practice and training. I am currently reading a book titled “Talent Is Overrated” by Geoff Colvin. The book covers many things surrounding why great performances are such, and how they get there. It just doesn’t happen it is through hard work.
Now don’t get my wrong I work hard in my training runs and practices but, did I work hard enough this time was the question. In the book there is something that is described as “deliberate practice” This is something that makes those great performances great. The book describes it as “Deliberate practice is hard. It hurts. But it works. More of it equals better performance. Tons of it equals great performance.” (Colvin pg. 7). So looking it what happened yesterday in the race comes down to did I really have “deliberate practice” or was I just doing what was planned and didn’t truly push myself to where “it hurt”.
So today I did things differently. I pushed myself. The planned workout was a cross training on the trainer. I went 60 minutes hard. I was a sweaty mess by the end of the ride, I was breathing hard, my body was pushing and peddling to it’s max at times as I was working some hard intervals during the workout. After the trainer work, I did 100 pushups and 100 sit ups, breaking the routine up into sets of 20 and 20. The drive to achieve excellence starts now! It started today and will continue I get to where I want to be and finish. This is going to be a fun and challenging 2011. Great things are going to happen because I make them happen not because they just happen to!

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