Goals? Sometimes you don’t need them.

The past year of my life has been pretty eye-opening as far as the level of importance I put on health and the amount of obsessiveness I put into my workouts.

I wrote a few weeks ago on Facebook about how it feels “freeing” to not have a real goal with training right now.

In the past I trained for rugby.

I ran 3-4 miles three times a week.

I lifted 4 days a week.

I played that sport for years and it was my “baby”. I played at level most rugby players in America won’t ever be able to, and for that I am fortunate.

I competed in strongman. Won some, lost more.

The last strongman training template I followed is the image leading this blog.

It was hard, it was heavy, and it worked.

That was 2009; 8 long years ago.

Hard to believe that I was training with that volume and intensity when I look at what I am doing today. I couldn’t pull it off at 42… but I do miss it at times.

I competed in PL meets here and there, mostly push/pulls. I trained hard for those, did decently. Earned a few 2nd place finishes and had a great time.

I was rolling along training for another one when A-fib struck and changed everything.

If you were reading along for the past year, you know what happened. If you haven’t been, it’s a quick trip back in time for you on this blog. I don’t want to rehash it again, that’s not what this is about.

I am fully healed and my outlook on training has changed dramatically.

I tried the bodybuilding style of training, and as fun as it is, I am not mentally ready to stop trying to get stronger.

I am also not into competing in anything again, at least for a while. The future may change that but for now it is how it is.

Right now I am a man without a viable goal.

I don’t want to lean up, I am happy with where I stand. I don’t want to get much bigger because I am keeping eyes on my health rather than indiscriminate size. I don’t care how long it takes to get my strength back up, so I am enjoying the process rather than setting timeline goals.

I have went from four days a week to three days a week in the gym because I no longer want to be tied down to training. I want it to complement my life.

I simplified it all and I feel goddamn great.

Physically, mentally, it is a nice breath of fresh air.

I am getting stronger. I am increasing work capacity and conditioning. I am adding muscle. I am pleased.

I have no real goals right now other than progress. That is working for me.

I train hard, I focus on what I enjoy, and I live my life.

I know me well enough to know I will rebel against any concrete goal right now. I am not at a point in my life where I have a single minded drive to live that way.

That is fine by me.

Doesn’t change progress, it just gives it a different meaning.

 

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2 thoughts on “Goals? Sometimes you don’t need them.

  1. I feel you Jay. Sometimes you want to go with the flow. I love to do that but often get sidetracked. Once i reach my big goal , i will take some time off to stuff around. Good post Jay

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