This week, I am in Arizona taking in some baseball spring training for the first time. As these baseball pros take the field and master the crafts of their lifelong dreams, it got me to thinking … how am I spring training for my dream?
Even in the off-season of a baseball player’s career, it’s the daily training, strengthening repetitions and spring training games in blistering heat that keep them in top shape.
So, what do you do to strengthen your dream in the off-season?
Do you and your dream attend a form of spring training?
As you know, my big dream is to one day own a travel and wellness business. I’m well aware that this will not happen overnight or possibly not for a few years. I’m OK with that. What I do know is that I can take small steps now to lead up to that big dream–spring training, if you will.
Right now, my small step towards the big dream is to plan a trip to run the 100th Anniversary race of Bay to Breakers in San Francisco.
It fulfills my travel requirement and my wellness requirement to do something healthy for the mind, body or spirit. And it just happens to be one of the craziest 12K races around.
On May 15, 2011, the Bay to Breakers race will start in downtown San Francisco, close to the “bay.”
The race then climbs and up down the hills of San Francisco for about seven miles before emptying out by the “breakers” of the Pacific Ocean–with a few fun pit stops along the way.
Bay to Breakers is just as much a race as it is a celebration of San Francisco’s eclectic neighborhoods and fun-loving residents.
In a little way for me, running this race and traveling there with my friends is a dream come true.
It’s small in comparison to the big dreams I hope to achieve one day, but I’m a firm believer in celebrating small victories. This race for me will strengthen my dream muscles to prepare me for the bigger challenges of the future. It’s the things I take time to do every day that will make me a valuable player in the end.
My “Spring Training” Schedule for My Dream:
- Daily Running
- Lodging and Activity Planning for the Trip
- Healthier Diet for Better Run Time
- Costume Brainstorming
- Networking with Former Bay to Breakers Races for Tips
My schedule isn’t exactly a million sets and reps of conditioning, but I have to fit this into an already-booked, everyday life, just like you and your dream.
As your favorite baseball team starts training this spring to make the World Series, what are you doing right now to spring train for your big dream?
* Photos of the Bay to Breakers were provided courtesy of my designer and photographer friend,Â Nate Yates.