Staying focussed and adjusting goals while working on the frontline during COVID * Simon Ward and Dr. James Risley
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My guest today is Dr. James Risley a consultant in emergency medicine at Worcestershire Royal Hospital.
James and I have been working together for almost 7 years and it's been an interesting journey, which I hope that we can outline today. Initially, James came to me with ambitious goals (as most triathletes do), centred around Ironman and mostly focussed on training. In the intervening period, we've worked together to adjust this approach to one which focusses on achieving a better lifestyle balance and optimal human performance. As you will hear, James' life is no different from that of most of you, filled with daily challenges from many different quarters. The goal has been to find a sweet spot. It's not been a linear journey, he’s concentrated on the long-term goals rather than short-term gains and he’s been very successful on this journey.
Some of the topics covered include:
- How the Oura ring has helped James to understand sleep requirements, and how life stresses influence overall recovery
- Finding a sustainable approach to everything - love, work, nutrition, training
- Learning to ignore the outcome and trust the process
- Why getting to the start line is the big win
- The real benefits of studying for an MBA
- Lessons from working on the front-line during COVID - Adapting expectations, stress management, thinking clearly under pressure
- Daily habits and rituals
- Being the best you can be every day
Some of the other elements that we discussed include
The Oura ring - Track your sleep, readiness & activity
The Dunning Kruger effect - check out this article to understand the theory
Books mentioned in the show
Driven - Douglas Brackmann
Sleep - Nick Littlehales
James' Book Recommendations
Chimp Paradox - Dr. Steve Peters
Primal Endurance - Escape the ‘Chronic Cardio training approach' - Mark Sisson & Brad Kearns
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