With just 11 weeks to go, training is going great and we are feeling strong if somewhat fatigued (still making time for naps and cuddles with Annie and Pip in between all the training!). I don't remember ever being so disciplined with my training plans. I've surpassed my previous annual mileage and hit my target of 6,000km for 2017! Last year, I remember us cycling at Lusail on 31 December to try to eke out the final 50kms to reach my 5,000km goal. So, as we approach the Christmas holiday, it's time to celebrate a bit and reflect on the past year. And keep hitting those training targets, of course!!
Something is different this time around. The experience of training for and completing joBerg2c has made me stronger. Having worked with my coach for about 2.5 years has also helped to focus and tailor the training so that it works for me. And there is a clear pull from this future vision of myself and my most remarkable life. This is something I work with my coaching clients on nearly every day, and having that compelling vision helps me to picture exactly what I am attracting in my life.
A quick note on designing your life
If you haven't done it, I recommend trying this: give yourself some alone time to write freely about your most remarkable day 5 or 10 years from now. In great detail, write about that day when you are at your very best and have no limitations. Write freely without judging yourself or trying to think what is "realistic". That's the point - it can be fantastical and should be embarrassing to admit even to yourself. Start writing about the moment you open your eyes and continue describing the day until you close your eyes at night; use all of your senses to tap into your innermost desires. If you want some further inspiration for your life vision (5-year or 10-year or whichever time frame you choose), I highly recommend this Tim Ferriss Podcast interview with Debbie Millman – How to Design a Life (1:56:30).
I am starting my third heavy training week in a row, and am hitting around 300km as a weekly average and around 12 hours of weekly training including gym sessions. The below are some Strava screen shots from last Sunday.
Last Sunday, 3 December, I made it to the top of our Tawaf club on Strava for most mileage. We can get a bit competitive in there, so I like to show this off ;) Also, I am clearly motivated by competition, wherever that may be. John also had the most elevation, which is probably more important than distance and even harder to find here in Doha (he does more hilly courses in Zwift than I do!).
On Friday, I went out with the 32z group. We were challenged by strong winds and sudden gusts that threatened to lift my front wheel off the ground at times! Contorting our bodies against a powerful diagonal crosswind, we worked our obliques and managed to stay together for the most part, but broke up on the way back when more favourable winds were just too tempting to resist for some.