"Don't rush it. I know you want to finish the length of the swimming pool but I want you to focus on your stroke and follow the *beep* of your timer. Now you need to do it right and constant pace. Not doing it fast." that was my coach said to us during our lesson this week.
She also said that it's easy to just go faster but we will feel exhausted before the entire distance we supposed to cover.
This Saturday I went jogging with my friend and after 2km mark, I looked at my 735XT, it was showing around 7:40 but my heart rate (HR) was already at up high (zone 5) because of the hills.
Anyway.. my brain relates these experience to normal daily life that, sometimes we have different milestone than our friends, some might get married first, some might already have their house while others might have great career.
We run at different pace in our marathon called life.
- There are times when you need to run harder during the hills till your lung screams.
- There are times when you are just cruising at steady pace.
- Or there are times when you're walking to recover.
But as long as you're still running, isn't it okay?
PS: I don't really get the science behind making use the HR data to run more efficiently. And according to my triathlete friend, try to be at zone 3 – forever running zone as much as possible.
I don't always dislike waiting, because it actually allows me to read or play games while waiting. What I don't really enjoy is the outcome of waiting.
For example, you're in line for getting rare merchandise or limited food quantity for quite some time and when your turn is up, you don't manage to get it.
While some people have more patience, I find myself on the impatient side.
Can you wait patiently? Or you like to move fast?
Continue reading “The art of waiting”
It’s almost 2 weeks ago since I started a new habit to wake up earlier and allocate some time to do some drills in the morning before taking shower.
I have no issue waking up in the morning (most of the days) but there are times when I just want to play my game longer in the evening before going to bed. And I find it hard to wake up in the morning.
So, there are times when I dragged myself out of bed, with my brain pulling up all sort of cards to keep myself in bed, to fulfil the plan.
As a result, I feel accomplished throughout my day because of the completing the small self-bestowed mission.
The brain likes to pull this card before my exercise time. But brain also likes the refreshed feeling after exercising. Difficult to please eh..
Anyway, thanks to not listening to brain by pushing through the original plan, brain is actually benefited from this.
This reminds me that sometime ago I always have pain on my left knee when I run more than 10km. I was inspired to be able to run full marathon and I was thinking if I should change my dream because my left leg won’t be able to take it.
But I went ahead to run my first HM and sore for the whole week.
Long story short, I still run as per today.
What I learned from this is, there will be times when we doubt ourselves. When we faced our first road block, when we failed for the first time, when everything seems to tough or something didn’t turn out as what we want it to be. But! Keep going. Take a rest if you feel you need to, take smaller steps. Just keep going..
And “you’ll thank me later” moment will follow 🙂
“I’m not aiming for a perfect solution but I’d rather have a working solution” is what my colleague told me based on his past experience, when I was discussing about project I’m leading.
In my personal life context, I have to say that being a perfectionist (to some extent), I usually did a thorough research and compared different approach or products. But I also realize that often I called it off because I can’t accept available options, whether they are not good enough or far from what I imagine.
The other key deciding factor for me is the learning cost. While time is something we can control, money is the tricky part. If the money factor to get it is not huge, I’ll probably just going to get it.
He added, even if it’s not perfect solution to solve the entire situation, it could be a perfect solution for one thing we need at that point of time. If we need more in the future, we can always add something to it.
For me, I like to minimize the number of touch point (or product) I have because I don’t want to spend a lot of time to maintain them one by one.
However lately, my decision is influenced whether I’m going to regret for not doing it than aiming for perfection. What my colleague told me is kind of reiterate that sometimes we don’t need a perfect solution, do enough and go with it. Take the learning and improve.
So, what is your approach?
In my swimming class, my coaches always asked what did I do and how did I do it or how I feel after some drills.
They will still tell me if I couldn’t tell them maybe because I wasn’t aware or preoccupied with other things while doing it.
They always emphasize that we need to be aware about what we do and remember the feel of it. When we remember it, we are conscious and as we practice more, the muscle has better memory about the activity we do and we will transform from conscious competent to be unconscious competent.
And to form a new habit it will take around 21 days (or so lots of people say, no wonder it’s 21 days challenge). So, when you’re keep practicing it correctly after sometime, you’ll (and your muscle) get the hang of it.
And because of this, I also started to apply it when I run. I asked my running buddy for this and that, and ask myself, did I land my foot correctly, did I hunch, did I dehydrated and so on. As a result, I notice more things which I didn’t before. I used to think that I just run, to the finish line.
Also when I do my brush lettering drills.
Sometimes the basic is the same and when you apply it across other area, you’ll be able to make it better.
So, lesson of this week is still about awareness.
Very recently I joined a workshop about brush lettering, which taught me about the basic technique and some applications to enhance the work or medium to work on.
We also learned about different pens and brushes.
Looking back (way back..) I started to have interest with fonts (to extend almost like obsessed) when I started to my web developer path.
But I wasn’t an art student. My brother was the one.
Then I told my brother about my old new interest that it’s hard to achieve what I want to get. Basically what I think is not what I get. I practice the drills from the class and other drills which I found from Pinterest but still .. not as I expected. (By the way, this whole things just started probably 2 weeks ago) so, I told myself, just keep doing it. Do the drills, make your hand used to it. Thin up, thick down.
My brother told me that it’s about coordination training between the brain and the hand.
Initially I like doing it because, at first, it’s brainless activity when doing the drills. *buzzer* it is not. I realize that I need to aware and focus on it.
A few days before the brush lettering workshop, in my swimming class, my coach said, in order to improve yourself, you need to be aware. Aware about what you do and aware about your mistakes. From there you can improve. It can be a little bit easier if you have friends to go the same journey as you, because you can help and remind each other.
But if not, focus on your goal, and aware about what you do.
As the day to start work in new place is approaching, I can’t help to feel worried. About I can work as they expect me to, or not. About my colleague, if I will make good friends again or not.
I had 21km marathon today so with my tired brain and body, I decided to take it that
Don’t let Worry Steal Your Joy
I was desperately trying to get things one after another in my life.
I was holding on to something which had hurt me although my friends have been telling me to let it go. It was good to let it go. I should have done it sooner.
Sometimes I just need to be patient and remember that life doesn’t always go with plan A. When it doesn’t happen, don’t sulk. Something better will come.