Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Breaking Thru Plateaus

Now that we’re in heading into Spring, many of you may be struggling with plateaus.  As an athlete, I admit it’s easy to get stuck in a rut.  You get used to doing the same workouts, the same number of weekly miles.  Sometimes, it’s hard to do more mileage, more speedwork.  But if you want to improve your performance, you have to increase your training.  If your training stays the same, don’t expect your races to get faster.  The human body is very good at adapting to stress when that stress is applied is small doses, but it also does something annoying—it habituates.  To get faster, stronger, and break through plateaus, gradually and systematically increase the amount of training stress.  Do this in other areas of your life, too.  Make a commitment to yourself to be more productive, to do more, to be more.  And break through plateaus.

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