I have always believed everyone has the potential to provide a different insight or lesson, and my newborn son is no different. Here are five lessons he has taught me already in his first 8 days of his life.
Lesson 1: the importance of sleep.
Babies grow around a kilogram in their first month and to achieve this they need to recover well. As triathletes we are not to dis-similar and when we train we also need to ensure we get enough sleep to recover and become stronger.
Lesson 2: the importance of food.
One of the most critical measures the midwives keep checking is the feeding and weight gain of our baby. As mentioned above the growth of the baby is dependent on this and as triathletes, we should ensure we also eat well enough in both quality and quantity. Stronger triathletes are faster triathletes as muscle beats skin and bones. For you own nutrition advice see the Australian Nutrition Center.
Lesson 3: You are stronger than you think.
Sure, babies may look weak and helpless, but they are surprisingly strong and resilient. Ours is already able to lift his head up and search around for his meal of breastmilk. Aim high, reach for the stars and never let yourself or anyone tell you that you can’t.
Lesson 4: Importance of accepting the situation and moving on.
There are certainly times when my newborn son was not happy with the current situation and has a little cry but then moves on, often within seconds. Triathletes, particularly ironman athletes need a similar resilience in racing. Sometimes you need to accept when something doesn’t go your way, like dropped nutrition or a puncture. Rather than focus on the content of the issue, consider the context in terms of your race and your goals and adjust to make the best of the situation. See Skilful Thinking for further advice towards your racing and all facets of your life.
Lesson 5: A giant head will weigh you down.
Newborns have these disproportionally big heads, which makes it hard for them to lift up their heads for long periods of time. Adults will use this fact to play a game called https://www.acheterviagrafr24.com/achat-viagra-cialis-levitra/ “Tummy Time,” where an infant is placed on his stomach and encouraged to lift his head up in order to build neck strength, while the grownups surround him and make bets on how long he can hold up his head (I really need to have a talk with my siblings). Don’t get a big head. It’ll make it hard for you to see things.