by Coach Chris
One of my favorite clips of any movie including Rocky IV (“I must break you”) and Mean Girls (“Is butter a carb?”) is Bruce Lee’s Enter the Dragon:
“We need emotional content…not anger….Don’t think. FEEL…It is like a finger pointing to the moon. **SLAP** Don’t concentrate on the finger or you will miss all that heavenly glory. ” Lee says.
In this day of high tech watches, on-demand structured training programs, social media “advice,” and blog posts, which all seem to be barking the latest and best techniques, it is easy to focus on the finger rather than the moon and to think too much.
I have seen countless triathletes and runners getting bogged down in the metrics. Thinking too much.
All the while they are missing the bigger point of the training and all the great feelings that come with it. We miss:
So I might be getting a bit poetic there but I hope you get my point: that sometimes we just need to stop thinking and analyzing so much and just FEEL. Feel these emotions–not engaging in them and making them drive our decisions–but rather just feeling them.
To some extent the nitty-gritty, the metrics, the numbers, the splits, do have a place but they are the last thing you should be worried about when wanting to get faster as a beginner and intermediate athlete. They are the last 5% maybe even the last 1% that you should be concerned about.
What is going to make you faster is the bigger picture concepts:
If you get those 4 down. You are well on your way to personal bests. So don’t think, FEEL while training in the light of the moon.