Ultra Trail Australia 2021 by Sarah Ludowici (3rd Place Female)
Last weekend the Ultra Trail Australia running festival saw many people flock to the Blue Mountains for the Australian leg of the world Ultra Trail series. We had several people from the FEAT community participate and a huge congratulations to them for their efforts. Here is a recount from Sarah Ludowici, one of Australia's top female ultra runners (& Barton's better half), of her experience racing over the weekend.
What If I Fail?
It is a fear of failure that often prevents people from starting. They are so scared of the 'what-if' and forget to include the emotional responses that will come if you do fail. I think it is so important to acknowledge that we all lose sometimes. We fail to get what we want. Friends and loved ones may leave, we make a decision we regret or we simply try our hardest and come up short. In this, it's not the losing that defines us, nor is it how often we lose. It is how we lose and what we choose to do after the fact. On your journey to achieve a goal in whatever area of life, whether you achieve it or not is important, but it's not what's most important. What matters most is how we move toward that goal and what we learn about ourselves along the way.
84 Sunrises, Together
At FEAT we embrace the outdoors. We thrive in an environment that challenges us to get comfortable with the uncomfortable. And best of all, we cheer each other on in the process. No matter the season we’re in!
There is so much in our lives designed to make everything easier and more comfortable. We have such amazing technology at our fingertips that we can literally click a button and a three-course meal will be driven to our door. We can sit on our couch and tell the computer to turn the lights on. We’re constantly conditioned to seek comfort. Which is great - who doesn’t love a faster/easier way to accomplish things in their busy schedules? But…by getting outside your comfort zone (literally), you can challenge your body and mind to reach new levels.
Goal Setting for Training or Life
As some of you know me, you know I can’t do anything in halves. This week I want to look at why we may set goals for training (or life) and what are some things to think about now that we have finished our FEAT Fit Challenge and get back into training as usual. BUT, I do want to say that I have changed my tune about goal setting over the past couple of years. I think that knowing where you are going and why is a great way to get things done. Yet it is equally important to have areas in your life where you are just still and submit to the experience, going with the flow. So as I talk here, it is from the perspective of productivity in the most contemporary way we think about it. I do just want to say it is ok to think about your life as just being, as it is.
Why do we train with variety?
You will hear us talking a lot in training about different training weeks or different training types. I have decided to use the word to get a bit geeky today and talk about what it is we are actually trying to do with your training program in the park. As you will have noticed, the diversity of equipment and sessions in your FEAT training program is massive, meaning you are rarely ever doing the same session twice. As well as preventing you from getting bored at training, the continual change of movements, equipment, patterning and loading is to continually challenge your body in new and different ways.