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How to Know When to Slow Down

It can be so easy in life to just go go go, life can seem like a never-ending highway at peak hour.
Time can escape us and sometimes it might feel like we have no control over it.
Have you stopped and looked at the calendar lately? Maybe it’s just me, but it feels like 2017 is moving at the speed of light! It was just New Years and in the blink of an eye we’re already half way through Feb!
It’s important to remember or to have someone remind us that it’s okay to slow down or rest before the candle burns out.
I wish someone reminded me early last year to slow down and smell the roses. Unfortunately, I received this lesson only after I injured my shoulder in May last year.
The scan showed I had bursitis AND tendonopothy in my playing arm… If that’s not a sign that I pushed too hard I don’t know what is! I had 2 months rest, no tennis at all, while I rehabbed and prayed that I would recover in time to compete in Rio.
Thankfully, I managed to compete in Rio and I was proud of my efforts. However with only 3 weeks of training leading into it, I couldn’t give my best performance and I’ll always wonder – what if I didn’t get injured?
Since then I have reflected a lot on the past few years, especially 2016 as I plan my preparation towards Tokyo 2020.

Missed alarm bells

I looked back at my schedule and my training journal to reflect on how I was feeling.
In hindsight – it was as clear as day, how could I have missed such clear messages from my body?
My signs were:
  • Waking up and still feeling tired
  • Erratic digestion – between constipation and diarrhea
  • Irritable – not fun to be around
  • Overwhelmed – Oy, so emotional
  • Multiple sick days – an unusual occurrence for me
  • Not happy with my results
  • It wasn’t fun – became too much like a job
 Looking at this list I wonder what was I doing and where was my focus?  How could I have missed all these signals.
Well I’ll tell you, it’s not that I didn’t feel all these things or I missed them completely. I was just pushing past them, ignoring them or looking the other way.
Clearly that didn’t work out so well for me…

New strategy!

I started training again just over 3 weeks ago. Week 1, I trained once.  Week 2 I had 3 sessions and week 3 (last week) I was on track for 4 training sessions.
During the second training session last week I felt some muscle fatigue in my shoulder – not pain thankfully. This is my warning sign to either slow down, pause or stop completely and re-evaluate.
After discussing with my coach, we recognised that the level of intensity had risen too quickly, so I took the rest of the week off.
This week we are restarting with 2 training sessions and being conscious not to raise the intensity of hitting above a 5 out of 10.
I feel like I have learned a huge lesson from the injury last year and I do not plan to repeat it, ever!

How this is relevant to your life

Are you:
  • being sent signals from your body that you’re not listening to?
  • stressed constantly or always tired?
  • constantly taking medications for minor complaints?
  • busy all the time with never a moment to breathe?
  • making yourself busy to avoid something else?
  • Giving so much to other people without giving yourself a moment to rest?
  • Afraid of what would happen if you slow down and appreciate the moment?

 

Closing remarks – Slow down

If you are constantly busy, it’s important to take a minute and analyse what’s going on. Gain some awareness about why things are the way they are so that you can change them if you want to or if needed.
Sometimes we have to slow down to speed up and while that might sound counter-intuitive, this is one practice that you can try before you buy.
We are all capable of pushing ourselves when we need to but a lot of the time we push ourselves when we don’t need to. How many of us speed in the car instead of leaving 5 minutes early?
No matter what age you are – listen to your body, play the long game and set yourself up for your future whether it’s tomorrow, next week or years down the line.
Don’t let the pressure of our fast paced society get the better of you.

Until next time, let me know how you’re going or if there’s any way that I can support you.

Peace,

Adam

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