One of my all-time favorite quotes is “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.” I believe Albert Einstein said that and I think it applies to so many things in the world, but today it’s being applied to your mindset when training.
When you hit a road block or a plateau I always find it helpful to sit back take a look and evaluate what you have going on in every aspect of your life. Look back at your training logs, food logs, schedules, etc. and see if things changed or if you weren’t on top of something particular like you normally are. But don’t over analyze the situation. Sometimes you just need a break in the monotony of training and need to do something outside of the box. Take a few days off away from the gym, go out to the driving range, hit the batting cage, or go on a hike. Sometimes the batteries just need to be recharged and you may not find that in a training-related circumstance.
Talking things out is another great way to solve a problem. There have been numerous times talking to a friend makes a light bulb goes off and I realize what I need. People looking from the outside in may see things differently than you and may be able to offer a viewpoint you haven’t thought of yet. In this age of social media and the abundance of resources online there will be SOMEBODY that is able to help you and give you some critiques. You will have a hard time finding someone who has not had a similar or the exact same problem as you and can tell you what they did to overcome it.
When all else fails you need to change the channel. Maybe the program you are on is not working for you anymore. You could have outgrown the training environment and need a new stimulus. Maybe its the group you are in, or the gym itself. A change of scenery can be a good thing for the right reasons. Training programs, groups, and facilities are in a constant state of flux in need of tweaking, repairing, and sometimes a good overhaul. Don’t fear the change, but embrace it and adapt with it. But I caution not to make too many drastic changes at once. Start small and work your way around to the bigger things if need be.
Things don’t always have to stay the same in order to provide good results. Tweak things when you need to and ride the momentum wave the other times. There is no perfect situation and no right set up for your ENTIRE training career. Realize that there will always be something you need to change and improvement can always be made. You are a mechanic and your training is a capable, running, but older car and you are just trying to prevent insanity from setting in. Now get to it.