I often catch myself shifting between thoughts, it could be from something funny to something as random as “Why is the rubber on the track red? Why not blue, green, black?” Well as we know, we all have constantly evolving thoughts; it’s just a matter of awareness. Here are some of my thoughts during a normal day at training (P.S. I bet at least one of them has been in your thoughts while training!).
1) Is it going to storm?
Gloomy dark skies hover above the East Coast-Kallang region very often in the evenings. The increase in rainfall over the days have always made me wonder about the weather today, especially since training mostly takes place outdoors. The sound of the lightning alert risk coupled with the red blinker is common, but thankfully, it usually stops at that and the storm tends to move over to another part of Singapore, skipping Kallang Practice Track.
2) How are my legs and body feeling today?
At every new training session, you will not feel the same as yesterday; there will always be something different, be it good or bad. I ask myself if there are any pains or discomfort that I am feeling. Currently, I have a left Achilles soreness that is present every session. For the remaining parts of my body, I have some tightness at different locations occassionally.
3) How is the workout going to affect me physically?
This questions looms in my mind whenever the workout for the day has been rolled out. If it’s a 6 x 250m, that would mean a whole lot of lactic acid for my body to deal with. A 2 x blocks / 2 x sled / 2 x max speed would make me feel that I will be exhausting the power in my body but it’s a good kind of feeling. After all, I am a sprinter; shorts sprint workouts are way better than endurance sets! Enjoy it!
4) What am I going to have for dinner?
At this time of the day, I feel neither full or hungry. What meal goes next is important because it affects my post-training mood, If I know I will be having a sumptous meal after training, I would be pretty psyched up! I eat to live and not live to eat! I have been putting on more weight recently, I wonder where that came from!
5) What is the time now?
That’s where my watch comes in handy, In the span of a 3 hour training, the number of times that I will glance at my watch will be at least 50 times? To check on the rest time between sets as well and to keep an eye on the time. I love to know the time, it keeps me aware of my day, even though the time is set for training, I like to know what time the sun sets, what time do the usual weekday joggers come in, it helps me to piece moments in time.
6) How do I better improve my sprint technique?
This necessarily takes most of the cranial activity during training. It has been a habit my coach has cultivated in me by thinking of 1 thing to improve in every single drill, every single movement, every single training. This conscious effort helps me as eventually in a race, I will have to piece all of these to perfection for the competition. But i’m still pretty tense, got to learn the art of relaxation while sprinting by looking at Kemar Bailey-Cole, the ideal of smooth perfection.
7) Have I hydrated enough?
I see myself like a camel because I drink a lot of water! I visit the water cooler at least 3 times to fill up my metal bottle (1.3litres) during training. I will make sure I hydrate well because during training, I would have perspired a bucketful. It’s never too late to hydrate more.
8) How do I look?
I often tell my friends, whether it is in training or in competitions, whatever the results be, do it with style. That’s making sure your hair is in the right place, your smile, your actions are camera ready. I admit I look myself in the mirror often! Well, not just to check out the eye bags or the oily face but to kinda look myself in the eye to tell myself! “Hey Cal, you are looking good today!” haha
9) Is my body odor bad?
I think my body odor isn’t that bad. I actually kinda like the odor when I perspire, but I can never be too sure of that because we are all used to how we smell. What are others be actually smelling?
10) How much weight have I lost or gained today?
The weighing scale is my best pal in the gym besides the awesome weights to smash and carry to bulk up. The weighing scale helps me to keep a reality check of my current weight. Be it before water or after water, the figures help me to understand the effect of training on me, if I lose a of water, it is usually towards the endurance workouts and it is normal, but if I were to lose a significant amount, that would mean I’m really dehydrated.