I always get a little bit disappointed right before I reach a goal... The goals I chase tend to be specific. Usually, they're so specific that I'm the only person they mean anything to, and that's fine by me. I'm the only person whose approval I need.
After my time at the @xptlife Industry Experience, I started researching breathing and found mine was highly dysfunctional. I was great at working hard, so I could go fast and far, but it always seemed to cost me so much more than it cost others. Working hard is easy. Working hard, efficiently is not.
So I decided to completely rewire my breathing. I shifted to nasal only through my day, through my sleep, and even during my aerobic capacity work. I gave myself the somewhat arbitrary goal of reaching 29 Rounds on my favorite game:
30sec row/90sec rest, start at 150m, +1m each round (1 push for turnover). My thought was, if I could get this far with just nasal breathing, I will have completed the same work I used to do while completely over-breathing. My reward for reaching this goal is I get to shift into the subsequent gears: nose-mouth, mouth-mouth etc for the 30th round and beyond.
This rewiring cost me performance in the short term. I had to go back to the beginning. The first time I tried this format nasal breathing only I made it 20 Rounds. I've tried it many times since (well over 10 times). My progress was not perfectly linear. It was, as most progress is, 3 steps forward, 1 step back.
But now I'm here, and slightly disappointed.
But I guess that's what I get for being addicted to the bake and not the cake.
So it's time to adjust and send the target further out of reach.
Such is the art of pursuit.
Such is the search for adaptation.
You can too.