After getting an inspired message at a men’s group meeting this week, I came home and measured the size of the windshield in a car. I then compared it to the corresponding rear view mirror in the car.
The front window average 54” across and 36” top to bottom. That is a total surface area of 1944 square inches. The rear-view mirror measured 9” by 3”, a total of 27 square inches of mirror.
To put into perspective, only 1.3% of the total area to stare at is for looking backwards. The remaining 98.7% of space in front of me is meant to see forward.
The forward direction represents where we should be looking nearly all the time. That is why it represents such a large portion of the field of view.
This applies to nutrition and fitness.
When we seek to change to healthier eating patterns, nearly all of our efforts should be focused on what is ahead of us-the next meal or snack, the next day, etc. Too often we find ourselves consumed by thoughts about what certain foods from the past we are craving, instead of being focused on the task at hand.
With athletics, it is important to review efforts from the past. But once we have reviewed those lessons, discussed and learned from them, we must move forward with the next workout/training cycle to get better at our craft.
This last weekend, and Duathlon Nationals, my bike broke on the 2nd climb up a mountain. I was stuck in 15th gear for the entire climb….my cadence during that climb was 31 rpm. That hurts! Might as well have pushed a wheel barrow up that mountain. Fortunately, when I crested at the top of the climb, I jumped off my bike and successfully fixed the issue before getting on my bike and descending back to transition. My placement in the race dropped a couple of spaces since last year, but it was still a good day, and I earned a TeamUSA slot for 2018.
My son saw a young man in front of him fall. His emotional response to the accident caused him to forget to take off his helmet. He did run 2 wearing his helmet. That cost him a few seconds, but he also did well enough to finish in the top 6 and get a TeamUSA slot for the Sprint distance.
The windshield for both of us is large now. Alex begins Cross Country season, and will not see nor wear a cycling helmet until the fall, at our next race. I have ITU Worlds in Penticton in 8 weeks, and my focus is on preparing for an even greater challenge than Nationals.
We have no time for the rear view mirror.