Everyone has goals of getting fitter, faster and stronger! With the amount of time and money invested into huge goals, it’s a certain expectation. At TRIBAL, we ask our athletes to look at things a bit differently. Instead of seeking fitness or speed – you need to look for change. The ultimate goal after hundreds of hours spent training within swim, bike and run should be this: to change the behaviors that limit performance. Athletes need to meticulously evaluate what holds them back from getting where they are NOW, to where they want (and deserve) to be. All of the training must lead to positive adaptations in all aspects of your performance and if they do not, you’re simply going through the motions. Earning the gains you seek and race results you crave will be left up to luck – and we can’t rely on luck when we spend 90% of our time preparing to race!
The behavioral changes you need to address come in three distinct areas: physical, mental and emotional. In our opinion, too much time is often spent only working on the physical development of athletes and the mental and emotional pieces of the puzzle are too often ignored. This is a big mistake and we have seen it time and time again – lack of mental focus during training will result in a huge risk on race day; you’ll show up physically strong but mentally weak. We are in a sport where we intentionally seek out “tough,” so if you don’t learn to deal with the dark and to thrive in the pain then you perhaps need to find a different hobby or profession. A simple phrase will sum this up. “Get comfortable being uncomfortable.”
Be honest and objective with yourself! Communicate with your coach in order to help identify those limiters to your performance and engineer your roadmap to success. Step back and view things from the outside and never allow your ego to prevent you from receiving and using constructive criticism to improve. If you open yourself up in all respects to growth and positive change, your chances at a podium, cashing that paycheck or simply staying healthy, will significantly improve. Get out of the rut, loose old school approach of logging (or slogging!) miles and hours to fill out your training plans and really get down to what matters – making change!