Dr. Don Rose is an endurance athlete and author of the new book, Average to Epic: A Mid-lifer’s Guide to Endurance Sports and Lifelong Fitness. This book serves as an introductory guide to a wide range of endurance sports and helps readers discover how to be successful as endurance athletes.
Dr. Rose discusses several guiding principles within the book, including:
- Almost nothing is impossible
- Understand your motivations
- One person’s epic is another person’s easy workout
- Enjoy and appreciate the journey
- Think sustainable and long-term
- Be prepared to examine your self-image
- Have an attitude of gratitude
- Don’t forget to give back
Dr. Rose encourages readers to do something bigger, or to adopt a big hairy audacious goal (BHAG). Think of something that you may think is impossible to do. BHAGs should be transformational, outrageous, outside your comfort zone, somewhat risky, time-based, and meaningful. They should also have a clear finish line, but with a long-term aspect.
Setting goals without a lot of experience can be frustrating. Dr. Rose encourages people to get some events under their belt to determine their starting point.
Dr. Rose also discusses his 10 truths of training, which define the essence of training that can be applied across many sports. These include:
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- Everybody and every body is different.
- Know thy body.
- Training is more art than science.
- Know when to hold ‘em and know when to fold ‘em.
- Recovery, recovery, recovery.
- Planning is important. Flexibility is part of reality.
- Consistency is the key.
- Find a training rhythm.
- Avoid the middle ground.
- Don’t use a workout as a measure of fitness gains or losses.
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