The question actually made me smile.
It was an early morning in the pool and my swim workout’s main set consisted of timed 300 yard sprints but my coach left the final tally up to me – three or four.
He does this from time to time with pool and track workouts, giving me a range of sprints to do. And when he does, it presents me with a challenge. How many do I do? And how do I decide?
When given a choice, my mind immediately down plays my own abilities. My internal chatter goes something like this:
Should I do three or four of the 300s? Maybe I should aim for three. Better to do that than be disappointed if I can’t get to four. These are fast and hard. You don’t want to blow yourself up, do you? Do you even have time to do four of them? There’s that 30 minutes of pool running after the cool down and you’re extremely busy today. Don’t do too much. You’re not that good anyway.
Ah, yes. The internal chatterbox is so good at naming, describing and celebrating all my fears.
But as I start to pay closer attention to my internal dialogue, I