Sunday, 8 October 2017

Week Ending 8/10/2017

There was a few overarching themes of thought this week, firstly trying to manage stress levels because my sleep has been kind of crap. Lifting things or turning the pedals both adds stress to the body, and relieves it from the mind, so I'm never sure weather exercise is the answer, I did it anyway.

I skipped bikes on Tuesday in favour of some clean and jerk practice at CFSTK... but either that or life in general left me with nothing on Wednesday arvo for a snatching session. I doubled up in the gym on Saturday, getting a WOD in before more snatch practice. The WOD left me a bit of a shakey legged dribbling mess, but now that it's done I'm going to say it was fun.

Then suddenly that brings us to Sunday, and the first non commute ride of the week. I rolled to SKCC again and marshalled E, Womens C, and B/D grades. I wasn't super present though, and that's the second idea that's been on my mind this week.

We had a mindfulness session at work, and given my thoughts on stress I figured I'd attend and see if there was anything that gelled. During one of the guided meditation/mindfulness portions we were instructed to imagine a time when we experienced a feeling of calmness. The instructors place was some gorgeous rice paddies in Bali... mine was a combination of physical places that could be summed up as "on the front of a bunch on a hill". Seriously, Pony Club, Iron Bark, Canadian Bay / Two Bays... these were my "happy place".

It makes sense to me though. Those are the times when I choose to be where I am. To be in the moment I'm in. Where everything melts away and all that is left is a process... turning the legs over smoothly. That focus on process rather than results is (to me), a powerful mindset.

So yeah, I don't think I was actively deciding to be in the moment on Wednesday at CFSTK barbell, or on Sunday at SKCC crits. I was there because I knew I should be, but I wasn't engaged in the activity.

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