As we are in the days of instant news, instant updates and instant response, more and more young athletes seek the same out of their training plan: instant results. I checked in with an athlete recently who was just two weeks into a training plan. During the conversation, they mentioned having switched workout routines because they did not feel it was making a difference. Similarly, athletes have given up on nutrition habits (notice I didn’t say diet) after just one week.
The key is that, unlike technical adjustments, there are no instant fixes when it comes to workouts or nutrition. As one coach says, “Habits are like threads and as they are repeated over time they become strong cables.” Too often, we cut our threads (break our habits/routines) before they become strong enough to make a real difference in our lives. Rather, we have to know the bigger picture, trust in the process, see it through and then evaluate the results that were achieved.
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