"Be Water, My Friend."
The main coaching points I’ve been giving my athletes this summer have been reminding all of them to continually adapt and adjust to the weather conditions. Rather than fighting against Mother Nature’s undefeated streak, adapt and adjust to what the conditions allow you to do that day. This requires much self-awareness in terms of being in-tune with your body (in the moment), as well as the phrase we’ve been using recently, “managing expectations,” which sometimes means, “managing your personality."
The more weeks, months, and years you train, the quicker you should be able to identify the conditions around you and know how to adjust accordingly. Bruce Lee left an enduring message that is very much akin to this idea of adaptation to your immediate environment (see short video link below). Water works with the shape and contours its given and always finds its natural balance, and so must you work with the heat, humidity, wind, hills, etc., and find the appropriate balance for that day’s workout. I’m aware of how overly commonsensical this Tip sounds, so (collectively) let’s prove it!
Rise up to the level of Master during your workouts so that you can report success, optimism, and confidence in your recaps, rather than letting summer weather conditions kick you around. Kick back Bruce Lee style by adapting and finding a natural balance on that day. Just as the drop in temperatures did this past weekend, the fall weather will reveal your fitness, so keep your mental fortitude. Overall, the athletes I train are doing well as a group in this regard, so I want them to view this as healthy reinforcement, not as negative feedback. We’re on the same team.
A final note on this topic would be to also see the occasional OPEN days in your program as a “let the water find its own natural balance day.” What this means is that your OPEN days allow you to do whatever you need to do to reset/balance your mind or training for that day or week. It’s a catch-up, get-ahead, or OFF day. Listen to your inner Lee and use sound judgment.
Spoken by the legend Himself, “Be water, my friend.”