Imagine yourself here, crossing the finish line, reaching a goal. It’s so much more than the end of a race. Actually, this is just the beginning. Because to get here you know what it took.
It starts with a dream. You feel that purpose, you find your calling and you start a journey towards a defined goal. We often hear about dreams and we see people crossing the finish line. What about the inbetween? It’s called game plan.
Dreams are the beginning to most journeys. You set your goal and make a plan. But how do we stick to that game plan? How do we follow through to reach our goals? Because dreaming, setting goals and making plans are the easy part. Action and following through can be the biggest challenge of them all.
"Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will." Suzy Kassem
Following through and making it happen is not always easy. There is often something called real life, that can come in the way. I know, sometimes it’s challenging - right!?! As I embark on endurance journeys I experience these challenges. When I trained for a solo 100k ultra the game plan part was challenging. But I learned some things. This is what I want to share with you.
Before we continue there is one thing you need to remember. Commitment. No dream will happen, no goal can be set and no plan can be worked on without being committed. Once you've committed, well then its just about following through ;)
"The distance between dreams and reality is called action."
So, I had a goal – to run 100km (it’s been followed by 300k bike rides and ironmans but let’s focus on that ultra for now) – and I had the determination. I felt committed. How was I going to reach my goal? With a defined gameplan that followed my inner compass and my values.
This was my gameplan:1. A coach
After committing this is the next important step in my game plan. Have someone guide me in the training so I can relax knowing I'm doing the things I should in the right time and with the right amount. This will give me 70% more energy to put on the actual workouts, goes for physical and mental..2. Adjust the daily grind
Negotiate, mainly with myself... family first, then moms ego. Adjusting and admitting you can do anything, just not everything and definitely not always the preferred ways. Rolling with punches and dancing with moves. Adjusting to the daily grind is about having a plan but leaving room for adjustments and being flexible. Hard but not impossible. Open minded and grateful for every chance I get to be with family, do my runs, get the job done and skipping many things etc. You can’t do it all.3. Prioritize time
Train instead of watching tv etc. Recover instead of.... And so on.... Priorities goes for things, places and people.4. Stand off some things
You can do anything, not everything. My mantra! I don't think there is any person that truly does it all. If there is, please shoot me an email and let me in on your secret. Maybe accepting that you have to stand off some things is harder than the actual standing off part.5. Make choices
You choose, always! Its as simple and complicated as that. Take responsibility for your choices.6. Stepping off in the right time
Know when it's time to step off (very very important) This was maybe the most important in my gameplan and it is not the same as giving up. I was so dedicated, committed and all in on this ultra training. But I also knew my own limits, what I was willing to offer and how much. Everything comes with a price. Even training for an ultra. Knowing when it’s time to say - I tried but couldn’t do it. Please let it never come to that. But it’s important to be honest that it always is a chance it can go that way. Goes on race day too. (But it has to be life threatening for me not to complete.)7. Work for it
Consistent and resilient. My strongest traits. Feeling passion helps on this one.8. Believe it's possible and can be done
I believe. If you don't believe in yourself, who will?9. Surround yourself with the right people and right things.
The further I came into this ultra training the more important that became. Downing my circle(s) and only allowing the good and the flow take up headspace, energy and time. Trying to be humble & non judgmental to the rest. It’s all about who you have with you on your journey. Make sure everyone is helping you row your boat. Not drilling holes and helping you sink it. Critics and questioning will always occur and it should. Questioning helps define to yourself if you really are heading in the right direction or not. But try to understand what it is helping you move forward. Not sinking to the bottom.
Gameplans are part of your success - in everything you do. Defining YOUR gameplan, to yourself and to others. When you know your why, what and how it is so much easier choosing the things that are in line with your vision. The more we live in line with our visions the more those visions become our reality. Know your gameplan!