So You Want To Be Your Best
by Kevin Purcell, D.C.
Recall, there is more than one path to athletic success. More importantly, your success can be measured in many different ways. For this discussion, let’s assume that everybody is willing to get tired through training stimulus. Now what?
In a recent article I wrote that the most important equipment you have available to you relative to training and execution is your brain. Not surprisingly, your brain is also the key to excelling as an age grouper or anything else in your life. Why? Because your brain is where change will come from and long term commitment is what we need to be our best. Before I go any further I’d like to say that being your best is all you can be. “Your best; no more, no less." You might re-read that. It is only six words but we could discuss their implications for hours.
It is not enough to dream about making the changes necessary to become your best. You must choose to change. It is intentional. I recently shared with someone that if wanting to change things in my life was all it took I would have made important changes sooner then I have; and accomplished others that have yet to occur.
As a coach or advisor to those who want to be their best I try to operate the way legendary NFL mentor Tom Landry described a coach (or teacher or parent): “A coach is someone who tells you what you don’t want to hear; has you see what you don’t want to see; so that you can be who you’ve always known you can be”.
Here are some things you might answer to yourself; or better yet, with a trusted partner, friend or advisor.
What is it about your routine that can be challenged? Focus on time management (key!) and attention to detail. Are you eating breakfast, are you eating clean (less processed foods), do you drink too much alcohol, do you need more sleep, are you hydrating, do you fuel your body post workout?
Ask yourself: Do you enjoy the process of self improvement? Or do the results drive you? I think it should be both.
My friend Todd Durkin reminded me recently that each day is an opportunity to succeed. Choose to accept that challenge. Avoid letting stress rob your life. Be sure your day is full of nutrition, some exercise and vitality.
As a reminder, you don’t have to race or compete to do these things. I haven’t raced in years but they are still cornerstones in my life that I aspire to; some days more successfully than others.
Choose to make your life a focused mission to grow; each day; mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually. There are not many things I can guarantee, but I can guarantee you that by being honest with yourself about what can be changed in your life for the better you will have more time and energy for what is already right in your life.
As ex-quarterback Todd says, “go deep."
Kevin Purcell, D.C., works with long course triathletes; from elite to those new to endurance sport. Coach KP has guided over 30 athletes to qualification in Kona, including 10 IM age group championships and two AG podiums. Dr. Kevin is certified in Active Release Technique (ART) and recently did a two week medical rotation at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista. Coach KP retired from competition in 2006.