“Are you going to be another weekend warrior, or take your training more seriously, as opposed to taking yourself more seriously?”
Recommended News Years Resolution FOR YOU from FitOldDog:
“Please take off those headphones, and get a life in the gym or on the trails. When training, the quality of your workout and possibly your safety will depend upon your level of distraction, or conversely on your degree of body awareness. I say, get rid of the headphones and treat yourself to a Feldenkrais session, if you really want to do it right. Become the best athlete or healthiest human being you can be.“
Hi folks, another lovely day for a workout!
I was sitting enjoying my second morning cup of tea with two dogs and a cat and Deb, when Deb said in a sleepy voice, “Have you started Maggie’s car?” I thought, “Great metaphor for a New Year training plan.“
Maggie, a friend of Jess’s from Alaska (note the plugin cord in the picture above?), left her car in our keeping for six months, and I promised to start it up monthly and make sure all was well. It turns out, interestingly enough, that whether I should or should not start up Maggie’s car for the benefit of the car every month is a topic of heated debate. Just look at this comment stream, for instance. The debate is equally heated when it comes to the benefits of training.
That said, what are you going to do to get your engine running smoothly for the 2014 training/racing season. Better be good!
Me? I’m signed up for several races in the summer, including two full Ironman-distance triathlons (and I’m an old fart), so my plate is adequately stacked.
Each year I consider my training season, but I also like to pose myself challenging questions.
I try to answer these conundrums by thinking in terms of a network, in which I am but one node with many connecting edges. I know I can’t really answer the question, but I try to anyway. This year my question is:
Should I feed the birds?
I love to watch, as all the bright and not so bright chickadees, flickers, doves, wrens sparrows, and so forth, visit our bird feeder, for which I pay about $20/week to replenish the mix. I buy my bird food from Southern States on a Tuesday – 10% off for seniors; who said old age doesn’t have any advantages?
I attempt to avoid letting the bird feeder go empty, even when away on trips, as I suspect that I create a level of dependency in certain birds – not the Robins!!!! I do all this for my own sake, whilst having mixed feelings about the benefit or harm I might be doing to my feathery neighbors.
- Maybe I’m promoting some kind of disease by bringing the birds into close proximity with one another?
- Maybe the generation of the bags of bird food I purchase is damaging to the Biosphere.
- Maybe I’m permitting a dangerous overpopulation of worms in the soil, causing ecological havoc – Nah! The Robins deal with that – they eschew my feeder (wisely?).
- Maybe I create dependency in fledgelings, such that they are fatally delayed in their ability to learn to hunt for themselves?
If anyone out their can advise, that would be great, but given the complexity of the Biospheric network I doubt that anyone really knows.
Important Note: These posts do not provide medical advice. You should always consult your physician before undertaking or significantly modifying an exercise program.
Copyright © 2010 Kevin T. Morgan aka FitOldDog, Old Dogs in Training, LLC.
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