“Success isn’t always about ‘Greatness’, it’s about consistency. Consistent, hard work gains success. Greatness will come…Success isn’t overnight. It’s when everyday you get a little better than the day before. It all adds up.” ~Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson

We all have workouts that “didn’t go as planned,” but there are still key lessons learned in each of them. I believe it is actually a good thing to have workouts “not go as planned,” because most races rarely go as planned. It is good to know how to overcome adversity and problem solve as challenges arise. The key is to not let the workout spiral into self doubt or judgement and contaminate future workouts. One workout won’t make or break your racing experience. Consistency in training is what is critical to achieve success on race day. Not only should we, as athletes, be consistent in our daily/weekly/monthly physical training, but also in our mental training.

January was “hit or miss” for me in terms of consistency and it was a bit frustrating. Instead of focusing on the past, I am putting my energy into the future and working to rebuild my consistency (both physically and mentally) in February.

Physically: I am prioritizing my workouts and seeing lots of green in Training Peaks again. This is a great feeling! Consistency is key! Consistency is helping me get a little better + stronger everyday!

Seeing green again!

Mentally: I am setting an intention before each key workout. I am mentally trying to stay focused throughout the workout. As soon as I notice my mental energy wavering during a workout, I immediately reset my mind. I pull from the following mantras depending on what I need for that workout:

  • Focus!
  • Kecia, how bad do you want it?!
  • I am strong!
  • I am tough!
  • Courage over comfort!

I am so grateful to be seeing green again and successfully rebuilding consistency in my training! Each day I am getting a little better + stronger than the day before and it IS all adding up!


8 thoughts on “Consistency

  1. Impressive green! When I had a plan mine was every color, and I was proud of it.
    The “how bad do you want it?” mantra works really well on race day too! You’re off to a great start this year, keep kicking butt, consistently 😉

    1. Thanks Steena! I’m not always in the green (especially over the course of the year), but it is a goal to see more green than any other color. So far it is working for February! 😉

  2. Consistency is a tough one-well done on all the green boxes! Hopefully spring will come soon (with it’s longer days) and that always helps me find more motivation to get workouts in 🙂

    1. Thanks Amy! I wasn’t lacking motivation last month…I was sick and then had a neck/back injury. Glad that’s behind me! Onwards! I am looking forward to more daylight and I’ve been noticing it more and more! 😊

  3. Absolutely agree that there’s a lot to learn from those workouts that don’t go as planned! That’s a concept I had a very difficult time with until about a year or so ago.

  4. I am also a strong believer in consistency! I appreciated your point on the mental side….where you said that you are setting an intention before each key workout and if you notice your mental energy wavering during the workout you reset your mind. I am going to try this for myself! Sometimes I can get caught up in “checking the box”, but the mental shift can definitely benefit me!

    1. I agree Lee! Sometimes I get caught up in turning the box green in training peaks and not being intentional with my workout. This is something I’m really trying to focus more on this year.

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