The Thomas Edison List


When Thomas Edison was in the process of creating the carbon filament for the first incandescent light bulb, his experiments provided negative results over 10,000 times before his eureka moment.  A reporter once asked him “Mr. Edison, how did it feel to fail so many times before getting it right?” His response: “I never failed – I just found 10,000 ways how NOT to make a light bulb.”  What follows is a list of things that I figured out by failing to stick to the day’s plan that I had set for the day – that day’s experiment, so to speak.  I’m centralizing the list because it will allow me to identify any overall negative trends so that I can fix them.

Thursday, October 6th 2016

  • Sleep is key.  Either stick to my sleep plan by hitting the sack by 9:30, or budget in an evening workout.  Don’t wait until morning, when I find myself sleeping through my alarm.
  • I didn’t take in enough calories yesterday.  As a result, I didn’t sleep well and I woke up hungry.  Although the protein filled me up before I left home, the calorie debt made that chocolate muffin extremely tempting.

Thursday, October 20th 2016

  • I need to develop a nightly habit of going over the next morning’s training plan.  That will ingrain it in my head right before I crash for the night, and I’ll wake up with a goal to hit.

Wednesday, October 26th 2016

  • During my 45-50 minute spin classes, my primary goal is to generate an average watts figure that beats my prior workout.  I have already averaged 254 – so I know cranking out a 250 average watt session is possible.  My next goal will be 255…then 256…etc.
  • I’ll need to attach a power meter on Maximus, and then collect a sample of data to measure my watts for longer rides.  Obviously, the average will be lower than in my spin sessions.  However, I am hoping to begin at around 220 and then get stronger from there.
  • By the time next July rolls around, I am hoping to have an average of 230-240 watts for a 100 mile training ride under my belt.  That should get me back to the transition area in plenty of time to begin my 26.2 mile waddle to the finish line before the clock hits midnight.