Training could be described as a balancing act. Heck, life could, for that matter. You gotta find that optimal balance of time devoted to:
- Family vs. work
- Work vs. exercise
- Family vs. exercise
- Sleep vs. all of the above
- Following a training program (scientific, progress more effectively, but takes work to plan it out) vs. listening to your body (Can you depend on your body to be a good coach?)
- Pushing the envelope (high injury risk) vs. Progressing at a snails pace (boring)
- Training alone (convenient, boring) vs. With a group or buddy (less convenient, fun)
I could go on and on. Performance specific training vs. cross training. Calories in vs. calories out. Shoes with lots of support vs. barefoot-style running. The list is endless!
All I know is that you’d better keep me away from any trapeze – I’m not a very good balancer. I like to swing one way – Oops! Too far! – and then swing back the other way. Too far again! Over and over. And over. The “pendulum” approach to life. One good thing: Seems as I get older, the oscillations get smaller. So maybe one day I’ll be able to do this balancing act.