How Important Is Your Frame Of Mind?

Bad news first..I messed up my Tahoe training while I was on Spring Break, but I did not realize this until today’s ride.  Good news later…

RULES

One thing I am learning about the disciplines that elite athletes follow is that PREPARATION RULES!   Regarding preparation, it belongs to everyone, and furthermore my friends/ family know that I am anything but an elite athlete, (I’m a regular athlete who loves a challenge and improvement) but I do possess elite enthusiasm, which runs through my veins and with no filter!  This is my history, and I own it.  However, in the case of training for a 72 mile bide ride in altitude, it’s time for me to “focus my energy and check my frame of mind in the process.”

MENTAL FOCUS

Readers know that in January of this year I signed up for the Bike The West 72 mile ride in Lake Tahoe. Yes- I signed up under the influence of excitement and raging enthusiasm.  That’s me…really enthusiastic about everything.  The missing link has been, to a certain extent, my “Frame of Mind,” which has to improve if I am to successfully complete my 12 week plan.  Backing up to the beginning of Spring Break 16, I did plan ahead by taking my nutrition, vitamins, Training book, workout clothes, DVD’s and positive attitude.  What I forgot to put into place was the “frame” which could support the rest of the planning. When I got to Florida, I was so busy saying yes to everyone that I lost some focus and did the wrong week of workouts.  I was supposed to be in weeks 3 and 4 – not 2 and 3.  I missed two very important sessions- my “Hills” and my 3- hour workout.  You may say that missing 2 sessions is no big deal, but it is, because every week is a progression leading to a ride that will take Jill and me up 2,000 feet as we cruise Tahoe on our skinny 2 wheels.  Every time I miss the mark- I’m a step behind for race day.  Things gotta change and so does my mental.

WHAT’S MY FRAME OF MIND TO BE?

  • Say NO to Obstacles in my control – they include:
  • People
  • Events
  • My own mind set
  • Travel

YES to Commitment & Inner strength- which is deep inside every one of us!

GOOD NEWS

My mind is set on moving forward with more precise planning and commitment.   I was able to rearrange my schedule this week to accommodate “my miss” and catch up at least 90 percent.  I’ll do 3 rides this week, one of which was today- it went well.  Tomorrow;  my 3 hour power ride (I’m nervous) and then Friday I do a session as well.  The key is to get 3- 4 rides, with 2 back to back, every week so that my legs and body get used to the effort and riding after being fatigued.   That’s my plan and I standing by it.

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Gotta go now and figure out my music and BitGym ap so that I can have a companion during my long ride tomorrow.  WISH ME LUCK.

xo

Carpe Kefi!

 

 

 

 

 

Kiki is a master interviewer with 25 years broadcasting on Kansas City and Chicago radio. She was a prevalent force at WMAQ & WBBM radio where she was the first female airborne news/traffic reporter in the "Windy City". Kiki’s voiceover work has garnered her Omni awards for Evian water and Coca-Cola commercials. These days Kiki enjoys energizing audiences on stage during motivational speaking engagements, and through writing. Her highly regarded “Kefi-That Life Force” column, was published previously in The Greek Star. She’s currently working on her first non-fiction book. [ View all posts ]