Some years my wife and I literally set ourselves a path for the year. One year we walked the Cotswold Way (a UK National Trail) another year we cycled along the Kennet and Avon Canal (this joins the River Avon to the Thames). This year it’s going to be the Thames Path starting at the Thames Barrage in the east and walking to Thameshead near Cirencester in the west. We don’t do these trips on consecutive days but do sections over weekends depending on time and the weather.
Rather than setting off immediately on this year’s trail we thought we’d start with some training.
The training is to get plenty of walks in so that we can build up to the challenge of doing 15 to 20 miles a day two days at a time. This weekend we’ll do 15 to 20 miles but spread over two days. Good training as well as seeing how ready we are for the real walk.
With a new year many of us will have set big goals for the year. It’s still early so there’s every chance of success whether it’s reading the complete works of Dickens, starting a new business or building your own house. Of course you can dive straight in if you’re confident that you’re ready. But if your reading speed is a bit slow, your sales technique rusty or your bricklaying skills uncertain then some training could be in order.
Training is quite simple. It’s practice to build up skills, strength (mental and physical), technique and confidence in a safe environment. By safe environment I mean where failing isn’t going to be a disaster. If I get blisters on a training walk close to home because my feet aren’t yet tough enough or I’ve got the wrong socks then it’s no disaster as it’s not ruined the achievement of my goal. In fact correcting or learning from practice will make what you’re training for much more likely to work out.
So if you’ve set yourself a big goal for the year start by working up to it. Build you skills and strengthen yourself so you can make your goal a reality rather than a pipe-dream.
What are you training for?
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