A Revealing Post
This is a revealing post about me and my life. I actually did not realise how bad it was before I got the idea for my next monthly challenge, and sat down and made yet another list which is presented below.
|My first computer recorded training session, from 2007 on polarpersonaltrainer.com.|
Not Logged - Not Happened
I used to log all my training sessions, including my running. Until 2007 I used several notebooks for logging this information. Where I ran, how long I did run, my bench press records (125 kg as a PB and 6 x 110 kg as my greatest set), my chins and pull ups records (6 x 35kg with wide grip on pull ups) and my what-have-you-got records. In the beginning running did not take up a lot of space, as I did not like to run and hence seldom did. It was not before I was in my mid-20s that I decided to jog a bit more often than a few times a year. In 2008 I ran my first ever competition.
|My first ever race, Sognsvann Rundt Medsols. I was unsure if I would ever run any faster.|
|The proof of giving everything. My first ever race.|
In 2007 I started logging all my sessions in an spreadsheet. A new spreadsheet for each year. Throughout the years the spreadsheets contained more and more information. However, when I was about to start on the 2012 sheet I decided to stop spending time on logging all my training sessions. Luckily I could not be bothered any more. However, since 2007 I have used Polar or Garmin watches for logging my cycling trips, running sessions and for cross country skiing. I have even started using Garmin for logging telemark skiing.
|Log from 2007, the year my ACL was torn off.|
|Log from 2008.|
|Log from 2009.|
|Log from 2010.|
|Log from 2011.|
A Rigid Mind
So, throughout my entire life I have been logging every single run I have ever done. I can go back and find out on what days I have been running, where I have been running, and for how long I have been running. If I forget my watch, which seldom happens, I manually enter the running data. This is not a sign of a sound mind. I am the first to admit that. This is a sign of OCD. IT IS A SIGN OF A RIGID MIND. Hence my July challenge will be all about changing and breaking these type of (bad) habits. A "perfect" system shall be crushed. The challenge will be called "The Let Go Challenge". It won't be as exciting as "The Psychedelics Challenge", but it sure will be useful. July shall be different, so will the following months I do believe.
Lately I have been in the process of identifying all the things I have been doing for too long in my life, and finding the lists or logs I keep. The list of changes (and another list was born, I can't escape lists completely) that will be implemented is:
- No single run will be the same. All sessions in July shall be different.
- No logging of any training sessions.
- No blogging of races I do. And in July I'll race a lot.
- No logging of my life through images, I will only take shots for my portfolio.
- No organising of my shorts and tees in my closet. Yeah, I actually do have a system.
- No logging of my sleep.
Hard(er) to give up:
- Logging of books I read is done automatically through Amazon, as I read on Kindle. Another thing to admit is that I have a complete list of all the books I have read in my entire life. And I am a lot older than Amazon. Here is one part of the list.
- Logging of music I play. I have logged all my music since 2007. This is done automatically, without me spending a single second on any note taking.
- I have been keeping a journal of movies and series I have watched since 2003.This list is slightly handy, and I do use it. It adds some practical value as it prevents me from starting watching a film I have seen before. Because it is hard to remember all movies watched years back. On the other side, if I don't remember having seen a film is there a problem seeing it over again?Here is one part of the list.
To verify that I am not completely paralysed by OCD I want to repeat the fact that I did stop a complete log of all my training in 2012. And I have stopped my "spendings list", which I ran for a few years. As mentioned above I threw away all my old training books as well. It helps with clean-up challenges.
I Dare You
Last, but not least, I dare all other runners to not log a single run in July. I bet many of you right now thinks "no way that I'll do that". I believe you think that you need to know how far and how fast you run, on every run. I bet you do not want to give up your logs at all. Because your lists are equally precious to you like the ring is precious to Gollum. If you think this way you do have a rigid mind, and it will be healthy for you as well to be less like Gollum.