In today's podcast, I jump right into some great questions posed to us by some listeners. As we've said before, we really appreciate it when you contact us and ask great questions - keep them coming!
Comparing Ourselves to Others: We all know and understand that each of us is, and will always be, on an athletic and personal journey unique to us. Most of us are very comfortable accepting the idea that some athletes might be "ahead" of us on their journey, while others are of course, at a starting point that might be thought of as "behind" us. Now I suspect that as you're reading that sentence, you might be thinking, "aren't you emphasizing comparing ourselves to others by phrasing it that way?" Yes, and that's the point. Comparing ourselves to others is rarely ever a good thing, although the nature of competition inevitably puts us smack dab right in the middle of comparisons.
A listener sent in a great question, asking what strategies she could use to not fall into the trap of constantly comparing herself to other athletes, especially if the athlete that she's comparing herself to is, in her viewpoint, stronger or faster than she is. To use her words, "sometimes I find that when I hear of others doing more, or progressing faster, my first reaction is that I SUCK." That's a common reaction in our worst moments, so I felt it was a good topic to discuss on the podcast.
The Psychology of Suffering: Training hard and learning how to handle discomfort is certainly a key to improving as an endurance athlete. A listener wrote in with a great question on the topic. Here it is:
"Yes, I know in my heart that to perform at my best, I need to suck it up when it starts getting hard, whether its in a race or in a workout. How do I effectively control that voice in my head that is telling me to slow down or go easier? Or just quit? Also, how often do I need to “go to the well” and suffer in order to learn better how to do it? The weather also always hinders me from accomplishing what I want to, or plan to. I find it easy to use weather as an excuse to do less than my best. How do I over come that?"
I jump in with my thoughts on the matter - important stuff if you DO want to reach your ultimate potential!
Thanks for joining me on the podcast! Happy Trails!