One of my hero’s is Jon at Emergence. He writes some deep stuff about training, from a recent blog post:
… this endurance training bit we are all into - the real work doesn't begin until you are outside your comfort zone.
It made me think about a self help book I have read. It talked about discomfort.
The comfortzone is made up of the familiar – the things, thoughts, feelings and behaviors that we are used to. IT’s comfortable staying with the familiar, and it’s often uncomfortable to change. But on the other hand change is what we want. So we have to move into the discomfort zone. This is the zone of possibilities. This is where the change is. So feelings of discomfort as we begin a new change program are good signs that we are moving forward – discomfort really is out friend when we want to make real change.
This is a book about life coaching but I think it applies.
This morning in Masters Swim we had a solid 3000 yard workout. The set kicked off we a straight 500 yard swim with no workout. I actually like this kind of workout. I see it as more of a race simulation. No real warm-up; just GO! On these type of sets my lats really light up. It takes a couple of hundred yards before everything settles down. Next was 3 x 100, 4 x 50 and then a 100 yard all out time trial. Repeat twice.
The first 500 yard set was in 7:45 (1:33 per 100 yards). If you remember, my 200 yard time trial time was 2:58 at the beginning of the year – that is 1:29 per 100 yards). I may not have much speed but I don’t drop off much either.
The first 100 was in 1:19.2. I did not get a time for the second 500 time – oh well. We were told to improve on out 100 TT – I finished up with a 1:20.0 100 yard effort. Close but no cigar. I was still pleased.
Today, I was not far out of my comfortzone – just a little. But that is all it takes.