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I was with my family recently in Boise, Idaho for my daughter’s soccer team competition in the regional national championship soccer tournament.
The competition was 7-days long starting with preliminary games on day one and finishing with the championship game on day seven.
The challenge with these longer tournaments is that when you lose you go home.
So, you have to prepare to stay for the whole length of the tournament as you may be in the championship game on the last day but also must know you may be going home at the end of day one.
That’s tough on the mind as creates a lot of schedule disruption that can adversely affect performance outcomes from a battle-fatigued mind.
The biggest culprit that dulls the mind is a hyper-vigilance attempting to be ready for everything. Trying to cover all the bases on everything only creates a scrambled mind.
Here are a few key strategies to control the variables associated with longer events so you can put in your top performance:
When these simple measures are implemented you’ll have more composure, adapt better to circumstance and, best of all, perform at your best.
My daughter’s team got to the quarterfinals on day 5 and, unfortunately, they lost.
So, we initiated our contingency plan we brought to the tournament, got home that night, and slept like babies because we were ready for pivot when it arose.
If there is anything society has come to realize over the last century, it is that women are just as powerful, smart, ambitious, and capable as men. And while society as a whole is still catching up as far as true equality, the facts are evident when you look at some of the most incredible and influential people today.
When it comes to fitness, however, men and women are not the same. The natural, physiological differences necessitate unique approaches to achieve optimal results. While the fundamental science behind attaining a shredded, lean physique is basically the same for both sexes, the exact steps and application require careful consideration.
One thing I've learned is that injuries can be great teachers. There are so many lessons to be learned from the injuries we experience. They force us to slow down and evaluate our bodies on a deeper level. Like many, I'm guilty of sometimes taking my healthy days for granted. When we pick up an injury, we're suddenly motivated to learn everything we can about that specific injury. We're also dedicated to the necessary rehab it will take to overcome the injury and strengthen our weak areas.
As with many injuries, I've learned there are no "quick fixes" for my stubborn Achilles. Over the years, I've also learned there are no "get fit quickly" schemes.