TORI WEST

009 – Change of Plans, Hitting Flow State & Slowing Work Down

Change of Plans

It’s competition week. I was supposed to do an 800m race this week with the intent to run a personal best. Except now the 800m is 9:30pm on a Friday night… That’s way too late for me. My bed time is 8pm. It’s not worth the routine interruption.

I could argue that I should suck it up and just do it. But nah. Not this time. I value my sleep and routine far too much.

Bleh.

I was really excited about running a good 800m. Instead, I’ll do a time trial this week in training.

At the State Championships I will still do some individual events – 100mH, High Jump, Long Jump & Shot Put. I have a few goals for each event:

  • High Jump – Open the competition at 1.70m
  • Long Jump – Consistently nail my run up. Break 6.00m.
  • Shot Put – Hit the opening throw at 13m and then improve each one with technical cues.
  • 100mH – Run fearless.
You don’t become confident by shouting affirmations in the mirror. But by having a stack of undeniable proof that you are who you say you are. Outwork your self doubt.

Alex Homozi
“Fake confidence will collapse on you in the moment of truth. Be sure your confidence is built on a strong base of true belief and preparation.”
Michael Johnson – 200m / 400m World Champion

Hitting Running Flow State

flow state describes a feeling where, under the right conditions, you become fully immersed in whatever you are doing -Google definition of flow

Yesterday, I felt a feeling of euphoria in my final rep and ran a time that blew my mind. When I am consistently running good sessions, this compounds and then eventually I breakthrough. You start to run out of your skin instead of within yourself.

When I run, especially by myself, I imagine a better version of myself in front of my pulling me into itself. This is a way that I can avoid sitting in comfort zones.

The feeling of ‘flow’ whilst running is intense. I haven’t felt this for a looooong time. When you hit this in training you know you are ready for races to hit another level

It’s an incredible feeling. So I am optimistic and expectant about competing this weekend. The work has been done.

Work must slow down, stress is stress.

I felt some waves of stress this week with work. It negatively impacted one of my training sessions. This was a little wake up call I needed to slow things down off the track.

The next 4 weeks leading into Nationals are very important. I am in the best shape of my life, and in a extremely strong position to dominate. There is no room for complacency and excess stress in the lead up.

The body perceives Physical, Mental and Emotional stress the same way. There is no seperate battery for each. Stress is stress and it drains from the same battery. My body is the battery and my reserves to manage stress are only finite.

Daily I am pushing myself to the limit physically & mentally. When I feel emotionally stressed or anxious, it has the capacity to tip me over the edge quite quickly. This impacts my athletics and work productivity.

So I adjust accordingly.

Life is not a game of the fittest. It’s a game of the most adaptable. To know yourself, your limitations and strengths, and adjust accordingly in whatever pursuit you are in.

The way I see it, the only competition I ever have is myself.

To know thy enemy, is to know thy self.

On a side note. If you follow me on instagram, I have logged out. I won’t be active for a while. This is to focus and limit overstimulation leading up to the National Championships.

Thanks for reading.

Have a great week!

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I’m a digital developer, heptathlete and creator. I like writing about wellness, perichoresis, web3.0 and athletics.

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