Friday, April 22, 2011

Creatures of Habit

As a general rule, I think most people are creatures of habit. I know that I am. I often run the same run route, drive the exact same way to work, eat the same meals for dinner most weeks and usually eat the same thing for lunch everyday.

Why?

Because it is easy ... and familiar. No surprises. Why try something new and risk disappointment when you have a good thing going, right?

The problem with this is that it can be too much of a good thing and we are reticent to try new things that may actually help us improve (in terms of training) or that we may actually like better!

One of the best things about being on Team Trakkers (besides the camraderie of my super cool teammates) is trying new products from our sponsors. I will tell you with 100% honesty that I was very nervous to try new products. I had been wearing the same brand of shoes for close to a decade. I was using nutrition that I liked. I wore the same goggles ... the list goes on and on.

I am happy to say that this experimentation has been great for me. I have discovered new products that I swear by that I would not have otherwise known about. Not everything new I try works for me - and that's ok too - sometimes I learn more when trying something that doesn't work than finding new things that do.

Be on the look out soon for an "Anne's Triathlon Favorite Things" post that I will use to share with you well, my favorite things. Unfortunately, unlike Oprah, I won't be giving away my list of items, but I do encourage you to think outside of your routine and perhaps try something new!

6 comments:

Jeff - DangleTheCarrot said...

ha!

So no looking under my laptop and finding a free bottle of Optygen HP from First Endurance? Damn Oprah has ruined everything!

Colleen said...

Team Trakkers has given me so many opportunities to try new things too and I love it. Pushes me out of my comfort zone a little. :) Can't wait to read your list!

Kurt @ Becoming An Ironman said...

I'm the same way; I've got standards for every piece of equipment that I can always revert to. But I'm always up for trying something new!

I'd love to hear what you got to try out and what you thought though. It might give us some ideas for what to steer clear of or head straight over to pick up.

Jamie said...

What, no free cars or Australian vacations?! BOOO. You let me down Anne.

Ryan Oilar said...

I too like routine. Change stresses me out, but I guess sometimes change is good. Looking forward to seeing again on the starting line!

Love and Puppies, Christy said...

Hey - I am thinking of doing the Full Rev in Cedar Point in 2012 but wanted to pick your brain about it. My biggest concern is that the field will be so small that I will be alone for most of the day and that the spectator support will be nill. What are your thoughts? You can email me at christyblain at gmail dot com. I would appreciate your advice!