WHAT IS BEST FOR YOUR HEALTH
As I look over the summer calendar I am tempted to sign up for loads of running races. Fortunately, my work calendar and kid duties preclude such a silly idea, but I am selecting three or four races through the summer and fall in which I hope to participate. But, how many is too many? Or better stated, what is the right amount?
I know that races or special events do help me maintain some focus and motivation with training and regular exercise. And I know from talking to many of my peers who participate in bicycling, running, swimming, dancing and other activities, that events, races, competitions and performances help us all maintain focus and motivation. But there is probably a number that is an appropriate number of competitions every year. And there is probably a number that is too many. So how do we figure that out?
I don’t know the answer yet, but I do know that at least several per year is probably appropriate for most people, if for no other reason that is gives one focus for a period of time of weeks to a few months. If our only competition is six months or a year away we tend to put it out of our mind and not prepare for it, just like taking a final exam at the end of the year is not generally sufficient motivation for a student staring out in the fall. We need some shorter term goals to focus our energies.
So, practical realities of life prevent me from doing more than a handful of races a year so we will see how well that strategy works.