19 Nov Consistency is the key
Consistency is the key:
Here is a way to help keep our feet on the ground and our mind on the long term fitness goals: Put 2 bean jars, one full of beans the other empty, on the kitchen unit; each training session you complete move a bean from one jar to the other, obviously remember the one which started empty.
For each session – no matter the distance or speed – you can only move one bean to the completed jar. The key then to filling the jar and reaching your target goal is to complete consistent sessions week in and week out.
This is how elite athletes look at their training. Each individual session is important but in the big scheme it isn’t of great consequence; consistent blocks of work make the biggest difference.
Thinking about your own training like this is a great way to see the big picture. If you push yourself to hard one week you might feel too tired, become ill or lose your edge you may need some time off to recover, then the jar fills slowly, or not at all. What you can help yourself with is good routines and consistent work over the longer period and then the jar fills quicker.
The key point is that no matter how well or how badly an individual session goes, it’s really just ‘one more bean’.