I went out for my ride on Saturday morning, it was meant to be a solo affair but I ended up in the Noosa group as it made its way south.

I hadn’t been in a group for a while but one thing is for certain. When there is a large group, there seems to be a corresponding increase in the amount of aggro on the roads. The Noosa group was swollen like a badly rolled ankle due to the holiday influx.

And that meant we got to see an increase in aggressive behaviour and stupidity of drivers, like overtaking on blind corners.

It boggles the mind as the risks people take on the road.

It’s Easter Saturday, it’s 7am in the morning and everyone is in a rush. 

A rush to what end? On the way back up the coast we saw a nasty motorbike accident – by the looks of it, it was self inflicted .. maybe too fast and high sided themselves through a roundabout. Either way it didn’t look good.

It got me thinking.

Why are we predisposed to rushing through life. Always in a hurry for everything.

Hurrying to get someplace … hurrying to achieve performance, lose weight, create success, you name it .. we are always in a hurry.

And always a little ‘put off’ when something or someone slows us down to the place we are hurrying too.

WHY?

Is it a societal thing that we have to have everything we desire NOW… and has it increased because many times we can have what we want … no money down, interest free .. now?

Has this transcended into other aspects of our lives?

I believe so and at times are guilty as charged.

I see athletes in a massive hurry to achieve awesome results. They see other athletes getting the results they want, maybe they read about the ‘rags to riches’ style stories of the athletes that just ‘came out of nowhere’ and posted phenomenal times.

No one – comes from nowhere.

No one!

We just see the diluted story. We don’t see the everyday struggles .. the ups and the downs and all those daily disciplines and length of time it actually took to get good.

Everyone assumed Chrissie Wellington came from nowhere to win her first Ironman and then onto winning Kona and not being beaten in Ironman. But only when you delve into her background do you see a whole other story on cutting her teeth developing her aerobic prowess. It wasn’t deliberate (at the start) but it damn sure played a huge roll into the awesome athlete she became.

Getting strong, getting fast and getting good takes time.

Big changes in performance (of any kind) happen imperceptibly, and it’s only in retrospect that we can recognise them. 

But for some reason we are led to believe we can fast track everything.

Yes there are smarter ways to train that will definitely cut down on the length of time it takes (like our IM Blueprints and our coaching) .. but even these still take time, consistency, discipline and commitment. We are good but we aren’t magicians.

And the time it takes has to take in account your athletic age and your life circumstances. Your time to goal achievement has to be congruent with both of those.

Note that I didn’t say the goal is unachievable. Hell, I went from 11:27 down to an 8:57 and I believe I can go faster (but current life circumstances don’t allow for that and that IS perfectly ok and it would be incongruent for me to think otherwise).

What I’m saying is that don’t set yourself up for failure by trying to rush something that can’t be rushed.

Invest in yourself and invest in the time it is going to take. And ensure to set yourself up with success and get small wins along the way.

Because you can get there if you’re willing to do what it takes and be OK with the time it will take.

FOCUS, PATIENCE AND ROUTINE 

That is the key.

Develop the daily discipline to do the things that cause your progressive development everyday both physically and mentally.

That means you do the injury prevention stuff like resetting, self massage and mobility. Your train with laser beam focus getting comfortable being uncomfortable and getting comfortable training SLOW when it is needed (more than you think.. and true, honest slow..). You encourage yourself a little bit everyday. Workout within as much as you do without .. the mental game is huge.

Do your little bit everyday and your ‘input will equal your output’.

The is no reason to rush. So please stop.

Life is too short anyway.