I’ve been thinking a little about Training lately. It seems to me that, if you want to do intense training, or really anything that takes up a lot of time, and still have a life, you have to make “the jump.” Let me explain.

There were a lot of reasons I biked across Florida. It was warm. My brother could ride with me (or at least that was the initial idea). I was running out of time to kick serious training for Bike Nonstop US into high gear.

And I needed to make a jump. Jump? Not a jump to lightspeed, in the – Millennium Falcon – kinda way. But something very similar. Yes, I needed to make what I consider a serious jump in trying to do anything that is really hard.

Training is time consuming. Trying to squeeze in enough time to adequately train for a big event is hard. In fact, with a busy life, it may be almost impossible. Try as I did, I couldn’t get enough training miles in during the week.

Making “the jump” for me was getting to the point where two things happened. First, I needed a century ride (100 miles or more in a day) to become “routine” each week. It needed to become automatic. Granted, I just started at the beginning of the year. But after 4 century rides in 4 weeks, it now just kinda fits into our schedules. Or at least we make it fit. Everybody now knows this is what we do.

Second, the long ride has now become a major part of my training. For January, my goal was to ride 200 miles a week. But, breaking it up into shorter rides all week long is just too disruptive to everything else in life. My weekly century ride had to become a significant part of the overall training strategy. By tackling half of the riding miles on a single day, it makes the balance of my riding through the week manageable.

I have been watching as Michael Ortiz (pictured above) completes his weekly feat of running 100 miles. He is on his 9th ultra-endurance race in 9 weeks. Amazing. And far beyond my goals. But we can learn from his inspiring efforts. The 100 mile races themselves have become the primary training exercise, at this point. He made the jump. Running those marathons is now part of his weekly routine, and helps define who he is.

If you want to accomplish something really difficult, the goal, and more importantly, the preparation has to become part of your daily life. It has to become part of who you are at a core level. If your not fully focused on it, it won’t happen. And focusing on something means you have to own it. You have to become “one with the goal,” in a Jedi force kinda way.

Now I just have to figure out how to squeeze two century rides into my life each week, beginning next month. I may have to become a Jedi scheduling-master to pull that off. We will see how it goes soon enough.