Today is a rest day in my training, although rest will probably be far from my mind. I’m currently reading a great book #superfreakonomics and it’s given me two thoughts about our group undertaking the #wildwestsolentswim
My first thought was that we are an unusual group of prospective athletes with a range of backgrounds, fitness and athleticism, not to mention age. As any group of blokes of a certain age there’s a degree of banter and competition. We all also have our own reasons and motivation. The accountant in me made me wonder about our average age, which is by the way 41, dragged down significantly by the inclusion of both Dan and Matt, however superfreakonomics reminds me that the concept of average is strange in that there is really no one who is truly average. If there were every person on the planet would have one breast and one testicle. (Theres a thought).
Secondly there is an underlying theme to the book about the use of targets and incentives and how they might drive unintended consequences. Clearly the fact that we have each decided to take on this challenge and that we each have our own reasons means that the motivation is there. Its not and never will be a race, its more about a personal challenge but I did get to wondering what might motivate us in our training regime. For me it’s about improving and I’m also a firm believer in “What gets measured gets managed” so I for one will be keeping an eye on things like distance covered, training sessions completed and time achieved, but for the others it might be different, thoughts?