Control what you can control
With so much uncertainty and fear in the world right at the minute I felt like I had to post something, whether it resonates with you or not that’s ok I just wanted to put some thoughts out there into the inter web. I’ve always tried to live by the control what you can control mantra, this is why this image resonated with me so much in the crazy new world we are presented with right now.
After being made redundant from a job and company I have loved for 13 years a number of weeks before this whole crisis started I’ve come to realise more and more of what is actually important in life. After having numerous chats with my team and saying goodbye to flights in a number of my ports we are now in this together in ways we have never been before.
In this time of cancelled and postponed races its easy to loose motivation and feel like "Why bother anymore". However NOW is the time to get fit and ready for when races are put back on and NOW is the time build some consistency and a strong solid base fitness.
If you were mid training for an event don't just drop everything, you've already made deposits to the training bank, these won't leave you. They will always be there.
Now is the time to focus on something else you want to improve on, for example, strength training, your running form, your 5km time, 1km time, training volume goal, trail running, etc. You don't need to have a race to train, you can still set yourself goals and work towards them.
I can help with all of these things so get in touch if you need some guidance or coaching to help you through. Races will be back so you have a choice how you want to prepare.
Obstacles are Opportunities
Plenty of us are social beings and love getting out for our group runs or rides. These social gatherings are just becoming harder and harder to achieve within the current climate, beside the fact it’s not allowed in some formats.
It’s great to see those out there in the world being creative and just this week I’ve seen people creating virtual group rides or runs via technology. A great saying has stuck with me this week “Every obstacle is an opportunity” which is very true at the moment. There are plenty of people just standing there looking at the obstacle wondering what to do however there are also those out there who are looking at the obstacle and coming up with creative ways to turn the obstacle into a new opportunity. Think about what can I do better?
This is something you are completely in control of. There will be times when you will have negative thoughts during this situation, the skill here is hitting pause and pivoting your thinking into what is the positive here? For example maybe you have been stood down, maybe the time is now to learn a new skill or try that thing you have always wanted to with free time you now have. Ask yourself what have you always wanted to do or experience however never had the time? Now is the time to try it!
As we head into uncertain times ahead it’s more important to look after yourselves and loved ones in both a physical and mental wellbeing perspective, my thoughts are with those going through a rough time. Please reach if you need some helping setting some fitness goals get in touch.
Simon Brooker is an accredited Multisport and Running Coach based in Brisbane, Australia