The concept of task relevance considers an athlete’s mindset while training and/or racing. It has been found those who are able to focus their full attention on task-relevant items are constantly reminding themselves: “I will stay focused on the bike, and pedal at 90rpm,” or “I will run this hill strong, keeping my eyes on my target.” These are signs of a mentally fit athlete because despite any outside distractions, they are able to concentrate only on the task at hand.
I realize there are days when we don't want to be fully engaged in running, or biking or swimming or walking. I am not advocating every workout be headphone-free. There are also studies that support the theory training with up-tempo music or a favorite song actually improves performance. I am simply suggesting that, during those workouts when you have a specific pace; or seconds of holding a particular cadence on the bike; or, you are swimming Masters and need to hear what the coach is saying without asking him/her to repeat the workout, that you refrain from wearing headphones.
Work on your mental fitness, as well as your physical fitness!
500yds. done as 125yds. free swim + 25yds. drill your choice
8 x 25yds. two of each stroke done 25kick/25swim
5 x 200yds.
#1 IM and get your time
#3 IM and improve over #1 by 2-5sec.
#5 IM and improve over #3 by 2-5sec.
5 x 100yds. pull - breathe 3/5/7/9/3 by 100