As the mileage begins to increase on the training plan, I am noticing a greater focus on being in the moment. Previously, while working through the training plans of the season, I would find myself not really focused on the run at hand, but rather, thinking about the next one. When would it be? Where would it be? Would it be a good one? Which race would I do? And so on.
This training cycle, and perhaps it is because I have added in a few new tricks to the bag with swimming and biking, I find I am truly intentional in the workout I am doing at that moment. I have been focused on my breathing and form while running. Not so much my pace. I am also really trying to listen to what my body is telling me. If I have a wonkiness in my leg, I make a mental note and try to address it immediately or shortly after the run is complete.
In my swim, I am solely thinking about breathing, head position, how my hand is entering the water, my pull-through, etc. And occasionally, it all comes together for a lap or two and I feel amazingly strong!
During the biking, which I am totally new to, I am focused on maintaining the proper RPMs, breathing, again, the position of my feet on the pedal. I am entranced by the "push/pull" mantra that my legs sing while feeling the rotation of the wheels.
For someone who as easily distracted as I am, these moments of total focus are a real gift. It is where the cares and concerns of any day are stripped away and I am able, for just a little while, to embrace the moment for exactly what it is. This is a true gift and one I hope to be able to appreciate for a very long time.