I often hear the phrase "trust the process" but what about enjoying the process?
I am a very goal directed person and the goal or outcome is what motivates me to work hard. Whether it is at work or at play I usually like to have a goal to work towards and I trust the process to get to that goal. What I am trying to do now is enjoy the process.
I have to be honest, I enjoy training. For me the challenge is not being able to train as hard as I want. I am not fit enough yet to push the way I like to and this causes me to get frustrated with the progress I am not making. I find myself wondering if I will ever get to the point where I can push myself to total exhaustion and then complete another interval and then run home. The process that I am trusting at the moment can quickly turn to torture when I ask my body to go and it just cannot. I need to be kind to myself, smile and enjoy the process.
There is more to enjoying the process than just maintaining my sanity for the months it takes to get fit enough to train how I want to. The last few races I competed in were not enjoyable for me. I was focused on the outcome of the race to the exclusion of everything else I was doing. I was not enjoying the training or appreciating the work I was doing. I was not satisfied with blistering fast workouts as I was distracted by the prospect of upcoming big races. I wanted to win and that was my focus. I decided I would not be happy unless I won and when I did not win I was miserable. I did not enjoy the process and when the outcome was not to my liking all the work I had done seemed pointless and stupid. If I enjoy the process and appreciate what my body is able to do then by the time race day comes around I have already had success. I still want to compete well and by enjoying the process the outcome will be the cherry on top of the delicious ice cream sundae.
I wish I could put process into other parts of my life however the concept is not necessarily universal. After a couple years of making a concerted effort to get a boyfriend and facing failure at every turn I cannot think of a process to embark upon let alone one that I could enjoy. Cleaning is a process I detest though the outcome is always satisfying. Laundry is the worst chore ever. That process is something that will never be enjoyable. I am fortunate to love my job/profession so I can report I love the process of work.
I very much focused on enjoying the process this weekend with a 3 hour BRICK (2.5 hours cycle, .5 hour run), a great 3600 m swim workout Saturday night, spin and weights Sunday morning and 2500 m in the pool in the evening. Today is my normal day off but I felt like running when I got home from work so I listened to my brain and went for a super 6 mile run. I still run the same pace as always as I ran an old route and checked my watch at my normal pace spots. I do not have the endurance but it is good to know I still have the easy pace for running.
I am getting into the rhythm and trying to enjoy the process!