About 200 miles of rain yesterday which wouldn't be so bad but we're on the Harley.
I wanted to share the below before it disappears from my inbox. It was written by Mike Rutherford of boot camp fitness and I found it interesting. Enjoy
Riding Out The Dip
One of the most frustrating aspects of my career has been in dealing with the athlete who quits. I'm not speaking specifically about our program, but training in general.
Invariably I can count on a percentage of athletes who will start the program and quit after a period of time. As an aside, I've never been happy about it nor have I hardened to the notion. Like many coaches, I remember the defeats and forget my successes.
I read Seth Godin's The Dip and low and behold, his rational made it easier to sort out the phenomena.
For the most part Seth presents The Dip mostly from a business perspective but it actually applies nicely to this dilemma. I will break this down briefly for this writing.
A new student climbs on board and begins the program. Initially, they arrive on time, they get good and sore, they start to make positive lifestyle changes and they are having fun. The improvements,while hard, are easier at the start. It's a honeymoon of sorts.
Then after the first month or so the dip occurs. Those quick initial gains have been banked and the next improvements become more difficult.
The bloom is off the rose. The love is gone and now it's just work!
In The Dip, Godin explains that it's at this point where the successful are often times separated from the unsuccessful.
World class sprinters work for years, all to shave hundredths from their race time. Golfers strike thousands of putts all to lower their score by a few strokes over the course of a tournament. Vice Presidents of corporations suffer long hours, poor leadership for years and then become CEO. These are all examples of fighting through the dip.
I'm always excited to hear the glee in the voice of a new athlete after their first 15 to 30 days of training, to receive positive e-mails and text messages. But after reading The Dip, I know that the dip is only a few days or weeks away.
For years, I have been telling my athletes that this training journey we are following is not a sprint race it's a marathon race. The real measure of our success is where we are in 12, 24, 26, and 60 months from now. We still have much to learn and that there will be peaks and valleys along the way.
Most times it's pig headed determination that separates the successful from the unsuccessful.
So now when I begin the coaching process with a new athlete I will wonder. Is this one going to be willing to ride out the dip?