Why Should I Train?
No longer the newbie.
The logical next step.
Over the summer, you’ve been trying a new sport or activity. You’ve gotten into the groove of things. Now that you’re no longer the newbie, what are you going to do with your new-found fun?
Do you want to keep it as a “just for fun” activity — do you want to take it to the next level? If you want to take things to the next level, to test yourself and advance your performance, a race or formal competition could be the logical next step.
Why should you train?
This is a question with no right or wrong answer. It’s a very personal question and differs from person to person. For those seeking bigger, better, faster, more, training for a special event could makes sense as the final push toward a new personal record or milestone. Those looking to keep things fun training might just be a way of staying sharp to maximize their fun.
What are you trying to achieve?
What is it you would like to achieve? Do you want to get better overall? Do you want to ride further? Do you want to get faster? Do you want to lift heavier? These are questions you need to ask yourself in order to tailor your activities for best results.
What is training, anyway?
The only difference between training and anything else is intent. If you get up in the morning and ride your bike or jog or do your own, 20 minute WOD because it’s just what you like to do in the morning, you might say it’s training, but mostly it’s routine or ritual. Now, if you would like to ride an Century or run a marathon, or tryout for a semi-professional sports team, you put intention behind those activities – you’re practicing in advance of performance. It’s subtle, but it comes back to why you’re doing the thing you’re doing.
You can train for it.
No matter who you are — or your goal — you can train. From ballet to martial arts to cycling to Crossfit, training makes you better. Training works on fundamentals and special skill sets necessary to execute your performance to the best of your ability. Even if you don’t have specific goals — intention — you can still benefit from paying a little more attention to how you do the things you do for fun. In the long run, that could be the recipe for having more fun.
It only gets better from here.
If you do decide to formally train, be you have clearly defined goals before you start your training. Discuss these goals with your coach or trainer (or doctor) and modify as necessary to get what you want out of your training.
The first day of training will likely be the worst day of training. But it will only get better from here. The results you get are directly related to the work you put in.
“The purpose of training is to tighten up the slack, toughen the body, and polish the spirit.”
– Morihei Ueshiba