We all do it from time to time, some people call it day-dreaming and some say it’s having a vacant mind. All of that may or may not be true, but one thing is for sure, the drift it is a useful tool to help you through a difficult physical period. I call it the drift and it’s a calm state of mind that one can enter when you are putting yourself through an uninterrupted and consecutive physical activity such as running, swimming or cycling. Drifting is not so effective if the sport you are doing requires you to start, stop, like weight training or abrupt acceleration or deceleration like team sports or sprinting.
The drift is almost akin to tapping in to your sub consciousness whilst undertaking your sport. When you are fully aware of your surroundings you are probably hardly aware of your subconscious thoughts because your conscious surroundings are dominant and real. Your subconscious thoughts are basically the dreams that lie beneath thought and are awakened when you are less awake which could even be after you have had a heavy meal and you want a power nap or when lying on the beach with your ears wide open but your mind wandering.
How to get in to the drift is probably a science in itself, but basically the drift will come when you least expect it. There are things you can do help yourself get to the drift one of which is having a positive mind free of negative thoughts. You may fall into the drift while thinking of negative things whilst running for example, but the drift will be short lived because the negative thought patterns in your mind will transpire in to bad feelings and then doubt and then lethargy which are clearly not conducive to reaching goals.
Having aliments or niggling irritations with your body or some aspect of your sport is also not conducive to promoting the onset of the drift. If you have muscle or joint pains or your foot is irritating because your sports shoes for example are giving you blisters, the things that will be dominating your mind will be these deficiencies. Its understood that our bodies are not perfect all of the time and there is and will always be a the next bodily challenge we have to deal with, but you will find enter the drift stage a lot harder if your prevailing ailments are dominant in your mind.
The pros of drifting especially when doing sports like running are that it allows you to take your mind off the physical hardship your mind and body are enduring. Your mind is what tells your body to go faster, slow down or push harder. If you can replace these thoughts with alternative thoughts or even pro physical thoughts then you can ultimately keep going for longer as your mind is pre occupied with other thoughts and you will hopefully get to experience some euphoric thought patterns during your activity.
The cons of drifting are that you cannot choose when you go in to the drift. The drift will come when it’s ready and almost without warning so you cannot plan for it. Entering the drift phase when you are in competition or practice for improvement can at times be a disadvantage because depending how deep you drift will determine how aware you are of the purpose of what you are doing. If you are say running hard to beat a time, going in to a deep drift may make you forget about the fact you have to maintain pace or accelerate your pace because you are too busy enjoying your thoughtful moments.