Monday, May 6th, 2013
we just got in some sweet bumper stickers with our new logo.
pick one up today for $3 and throw it on your ride.
A) back squat – build to a 1RMB) weighted pull up – build to a 1RM
row 500 meter @ max effort
rest exactly 90 seconds
row 500 meters
(don’t game the first one, both scores count)
“the hard reset”
Many of you know that I take some pride in my ability to fix or rebuild broken down equipment and machines – rowers, airdyne bikes, vacuums…you name it. Often the fixes are really simple, like resetting a chain or even changing batteries. Other times these projects have been much more complex – like completely rebuilding a Concept II rowing machine without any instructions (thanks to Ryan for taking it apart, and also to Troy for helping put it back together). A few of these experiences have actually taught me some important life lessons in addition to practical and obvious ones.
Recently, the monitor on one of our rowing machines went out. Changing the batteries didn’t fix the issue. Neither did hitting the tiny reset button. Before electing to begin deconstructing the machine, I decided called the manufacturer for help.
After I explained the issue to the representative from Concept II, she of course started by asking if I had changed the batteries. I said yes. Then she asked if I had hit the reset button. Again, I answered yes. Next she asked me to try inserting a memory card, as this has successfully fixed this issue in the past. I tried…unsuccessfully. Finally she asked if I had given it a hard reset. I said no.
She went on to explain that if you take out the batteries for a 24 hour period, sometimes the machine with complete a hard reset, restoring the factory defaults and work like new. I remembered hearing this idea before, and told her I’d give it a try. I removed the batteries. Sure enough, I put in new batteries a day later and the hard reset worked.
What’s the point? First, the rower works again. Second, it made me think about the steps we can take to address issues in our training, fitness, nutrition, health, life, etc. Specifically, I thought for a while about this hard reset and how we can apply it in life.
When things are starting to break down in any area of our lives, we can start by changing the batteries. Get some extra sleep. Take a nap. Eat dessert. Maybe take off a day or two from your training to restore some needed balance, focus and direction.
Still no relief? It’s time to hit the reset button. Really take a day off – from everything if possible. Go on a vacation. Take a week off training. Eat (all weekend) without worrying about the consequences. Do what it takes to really get focused so that upon your return you’re ready to fully commit to your goals and objectives.
(I’m not sure where the memory card fits in to this story so I’ll leave that step out…)
If pressing the reset button still isn’t fixing your issues, it’s time for the hard reset. What’s the hard reset? It’s taking the time (24 hours…maybe more, or less) to go down the rabbit hole and figure out the core of your problems. So many of our challenges in health, fitness, nutrition and life are self inflicted. Some are not, but I’m not talking about those right now. Perhaps it’s lack of alignment between your stated values and your actions. Maybe it’s a weak “structural” foundation for your goals – why you’re doing what you’re doing.
In any event, I’ve discovered that this process requires completely honesty with yourself, even if you don’t like what you discover. And then, once you figure out the solution, you have to apply immediately. Don’t wait and don’t second guess. Develop a plan of action. Figure out the necessary steps to implement. Get help if needed. Go to work.