I was able to get a great Ronnestad session in yesterday morning and got to thinking on my way home - figured it would make for a good discussion topic in the forum. To set this one up, it was below freezing, but the motivation was there to knock out a solid hour of quality zone “hard” work. After the workout, I realized that it was time to revisit some of the mental strategies that have fallen on the back burner after the holidays and a fall time period of not much racing/focus.
Here’s how the session played out:
Set #1 - great effort, finished feeling like I could (and wanted to) do another.
Set #2 - still a great effort, feeling the fatigue a little more, but ok. Mentally challenging, not sure about doing another).
Set #3 - steady focus, mentally got over the hump after the first 3 intervals. Finished feeling great.
So on the way home a couple questions came up:
- What did I have to do to mentally get over the hump of not wanting to do the 3rd set?
- What was my mindset like in past workouts that I would consider “failed” sessions? (e.g., not finishing, finishing but half-assing it, or finishing very reluctantly with a poor mindset)
- What are some of the other strategies that helped in the past at times like this?
Please share your own experiences and hopefully we can generate a good list of ideas that we can all use in the future!