What We Fear

Anything that we fear is simply a reflection of our flaws.

Gilbert Ayoub August 15, 2018
It’s not who you are that holds you back, it’s what you think you’re not.
What is holding you back? Let’s be honest, if you examine the total number of hours that you train and divide it by sport, you’ll see which one is your strongest and weakest.
It’s no surprise, we are better at the one we spend more time practicing and weaker at the one we avoid. The human ego is powerful. It does not enjoy looking weak and slow. In order to make progress, we have to push our ego aside and embrace the challenge. Imagine how much you could improve your swim or run if you spent the same amount of time training as you do cycling. The average triathlete bikes 6 to 8 hours a week but swims 2 to 3 hours and runs 3 to 4 a week. It’s no wonder the bike portion is stronger.
One way to address this is to change our expectations and dial them back to a more realistic place. Assess your ability truthfully and then make a commitment to invest in the training that is needed to improve your skills. Remember that repeating the same bad patterns will not change or improve your technique. Only mindful practice and drills will reprogram your movements and increase your efficiency.
Let’s be clear, for endurance athletes, it does not matter how fast you can swim or run 100 meters. What matters is what pace can you maintain for the entire event.
So the next time you are crunched for time and have to choose between 2 workouts, pick the one that scares you.