The night before Ironman Melbourne I sent the below quote to the TS coached athletes private group on FB
– Theodore Roosevelt
I jumped into the arena and I got beat.
The work had been done and I was arguably in the best shape of my life and which is why the disappointment I feel is so much greater then it would be had I not done the work and had I not had so many positive session after positive session.
It sucks but it’s not terminal.
I get to choose how I react. I can dwell in a cesspool of self defeat or I can hustle and work out how to fix the monkey on my back (pun intended).
The result good or bad should never define who we are. Triathlon is a part of my life. Actually It’s a massive part of my life that I live and breathe and get to help people with. A result doesn’t make me a better or worse person and I’ll continue on my path off adding as much value to the lives of my athletes and readers here as possible.
So obviously I have chosen to hustle and be proactive. It’s all about attitude.
I saw a great tweet today “A bad attitude is like a flat tyre, until you change it, you aren’t going anywhere”
Too true and only a positive attitude can move us forward.
With a chance to reflect and some very smart people in my corner … I know I have something going on with my thoracic spine (I did compression fracture T12 in 2001 snowboarding) and it links in with my diaphragm. Diaphragm is breathing and I know my breathing is nowhere near as good as it could be and I’m not breathing as I did when I was born. In fact many of us don’t.
So this weekend I’m excited to be speaking with a very smart friend and coach who is also a anesthetist and respiratory specialist. I’m also working with my ART guru Daryl to work out the mechanisms at play here.
I’ll let you know the outcomes and I believe the knowledge on the breathing front will be helpful for all. In fact TS Coach Pete Lever and I have been playing with some stuff this last couple of days that I know will help reset our systems.
Here’s a little test for you right now to do while you’re reading this post.
Take a deep breath. What move first? Did your chest rise, did your stomach go in or out?
If your stomach moved first and went out … congratulations, you’re breathing diaphragmatically.
If your chest rose first and your stomach went in your are breathing with accessory muscles. This means you’re not getting anywhere near the lung volume capacity as possible and thus limiting performance and also long term health.
This is how I am breathing and it’s a BIG thing I need to fix. See I’m not this perfect do everything right person. I make mistakes too and I have neglected something that seems to be my major undoing.
Time to fix it once and for all and I’m all in … as long as it takes. This is training for life.
So here’s a ‘quick’ way I’ve come across to relearn how to breathe properly.
It’s called crocodile breathing and you lay on your belly and rest your forehead on the back of your hands.
While inhaling through your nose, you want to try to breathe deep down into your belly. If you do this correctly, your belly will push against the floor and cause your lower back to rise up. The sides of your belly will also get wider, just like a crocodile! This is a very effective way to retrain yourself how to become a belly breather. Just 5 minutes a day can really go a long way towards resetting your proper breathing pattern.
I may have been beat in Melbourne but I am not beaten.
See you on the race track shortly.