I've always been more of a quick, dirty, intense workout kind of gal. I'm a natural born sprinter, with fast-twitch muscles all up in these legs. I like power, to lift big heavy thangs over a short period of time. I like chasing finish lines and thrive off of the pull of a deadline.  Give me a due date a month out, and I will skillyfully get cozy with it, and not only finish, but do so only after having started the task right before it. Some people call this procrastination. I like to see it as thrill seeking, or extreme task management, or, really,pleasurable torture.

This year, I've added something new to the mix, especially in the realm of physical activity. Endurance. The thought of endurance used to always turn me off, but considering that I've signed up for the AIDS/LifeCycle Ride and Ragnar Relay race this year, I'm now drawn to it.

According to trusty ole Wikipedia, endurance is the ability of an organism to exert itself and remain active for a long period of time, as well as its ability to resist, withstand, recover from, and have immunity to trauma, wounds, or fatigue.

What I see in the concept and development of endurance is the beauty of progression, of building, of honing a craft. Perhaps it's because I'm a lot older now and maybe a wee bit more mature, I just can’t operate in the extreme intensity of procastination anymore. I mean, I am still a ‘thrill-seeking' task completer, but I simply cannot finish in the way that I used to. I still get by, but  I just can’t throw things together as cleanly anymore. I've learned I cannot thrive that way. Some how I’ve come to embrace the idea of endurance.

After I signed up the the AIDS/Lifecycle Ride last December, I put off commencing my training until February. The ride is on June 1st to June 7th, so for me to start something months in advanced is a big deal. Not only are the training rides themselves an example of endurance, the act of preparing way in advance, creating a weekly practice to build my abilities for a big event.

How do you perform best? Though the intensity of procastination, or with timed preparation? Consider how the idea of endurance may serve to up your level or performance.