Right now I love the lessons of repetition that my one year old son Mack keeps drilling home.

He just got a load of new shiny books for his birthday. Does he want them? Nope… keeps bringing back the same old trusty “Gruffalo” and a couple of others.

He does the same things over and over. But he refines his motor skills every time.

Watch and learn.

Today I had a small container full of coins. I just recently transferred his ‘piggy’ bank to a bigger clear one. Mack was in my office, so I sat on the ground with him, grabbed a coin, put it in his hand and guided it towards the slot.

I did this three or four times then gave him one coin at a time. Within a few attempts he could deposit the coin perfectly.

Amazingly quick development, but unfortunately it is not the same for us. See age has a huge starring role in our ability to acquire and keep new motor skills.

Why?

…Because we have a lifetime of programming the way we move (or don’t). So newly learned motor skills are easily lost and this is more amplified the older we get.

Age matters. It’s not an excuse, it’s just a fact that needs to be put into the equation.

Thus consistently repeating these specific movements with specific emphasis allows us to hold onto our hard-won motor skills.

—- massive tip —-

There are four more awesome outcomes of following a repetitive approach in your training.

One is the ability to concentrate deeply which has a huge pay off on race day.

Think of it this way. When we lose focus of being ‘in the moment’, things get harder.

Our perceived exertion goes up and our pace slows down, and all because we have lost the focus.

How do you get “into the zone”?

Via concentrated focus on what you are doing now.

This mental discipline and concentration over time is what leads us to being in the zone.

See in training, when a sessions is looked at as just a session… it is very easy to let our minds wander on all of the things on our to do list. This leads us to getting much less out of our training buck.

If you’re going to turn up to train. You may as well ‘be there’.

The benefits of repeated movements, efforts and training sessions in order, give us the opportunity to develop our concentration skills and mental focus.

When we develop familiarity with specific sessions we can figuratively peel back the layers of the onion and figure out how to get more from each session.

By developing awareness in each of your training sessions, you become apt at focusing your attention, which in turn leads to better concentration and the ability to stay in the moment… which is a huge performance boost come race day.

It can be very hard to fully engage in your training session when say, just an easy run is scheduled.

Instead of having an easy run. How about adding some focuses. For example: An easy run where you focus on getting your stride rate up into the 90’s (over time) while keeping the effort easy and focusing on your breathing.

Two simple but highly effecting things that can take your running to another level. A treadmill set at 0% grade is a great way to learn and develop a fast leg turnover.

Well this subject matter has become bigger than Ben Hur and I’m going to have to break it into parts.

So do me a favour, in your next session, go ahead and fully engage yourself in the session. If your mind begins to wander, note it and get back into the moment.

it’s a skill worth learning.

Tomorrow, I going to try and combine parts two and three to teach you how to better develop training confidence and improve your efficiency in training.

Making it Happen,

Kristian “removing the guesswork” Manietta

“One of the secrets to success is to refuse to let temporary setbacks defeat us.” — Mary Kay

P.S. I have been getting asked for 70.3 programs. That plan is coming along and will be released very soon with another product I’m pretty excited about. Stay tuned.

P.P.S  Last year I ran a luxury camp in Bali that was loads of fun. I’m doing it again this May, but there is only 10 spots. Details tomorrow.