Volume III, Issue 3: Outdoor to Indoor
Last week I talked about two aspects of Homecoming: having a home base of origin and comfort and then the journey away (that gives homecoming its namesake). The post was motivated by a handful of events and clients who were back home for some personal training. Those clients have since gone back to their respective homes, their ‘normal’ lives. Their journey continues. So does mine. So does yours.
And what is your journey? What is your pursuit? Because certainly the journey in life is more regular that the homecoming. The joy should be in the journey. That’s our everyday lives. Our journey should be intentional and purposeful but also flexible to seasonal and situational changes.
My journey right now can be characterized by environment: from outdoors to indoors. This summer I was outdoors training for triathlon and the fall was coaching Christian in his first flag football season. But in Wisconsin the weather changes and though I’ll still be running outside, I’m transitioning a lot of activities indoors.
From a training perspective I’m about to head into the weight room. My plan is to spend more time with barbells and strength training than I’ve ever done before. For those that follow me on Instagram, you know the catalyst here was my study of CrossFit over the last eight months. One client asked, “are you defecting?” No, I have no desire to become a CrossFit coach. But as an exercise specialist I see a lot of value in some of the principles of CrossFit. Plus it supports what I’ve started back in 2017: a concerted effort to get more clients into the weight room for strength training. So as I hang up the bike and wet suit for the outdoor season, I transition to the barbell and kettlebell.
From a personal perspective, I’m very excited to report that all three kids are interested in playing basketball this year! Sorin is back for a 2nd year, I knew Christian would be ‘all in,’ and the surprise was Norah’s recent interest in the sport. Logistically it means two parents will be outnumbered by three kids and it also means Saturday mornings you can find us in one of the Oregon gyms. (Speaking of homecoming, just the thought of Saturday morning gym sounds of basketballs and squeaking shoes makes my soul sing.)
Maybe your journey is similar to mine from indoors to outdoors. Or maybe you see another pattern. Maybe your season doesn’t change for few more weeks or months. Wherever you’re at in your journey, I hope you can see the big picture and value your health along the path. I hope you have your resources for inspiration, motivation, education and tools for execution. Not everyone views physical training like a trainer does, but I think we all can agree that our health is important and deserves as much attention as we can give it. Begin with the end in mind and reverse engineer your weeks. Put the big rocks (health and fitness and relationships) into your schedule first.
Find joy in the journey, embrace the seasonal changes, and be intentional with every day.