Thursday, 4 June 2009


I read a couple of things today that clicked with how I've been thinking about training this year, and what I feel it's all about.

The first thing was from Ross Enamait's blog, where I saw this video.
Ross goes on to say:

"The inner voice tries desperately to block everything but its annoying tone. It will say anything to fool you into quitting. In our case, it was beginning to control the situation until a third party spoke up. Her unexpected words snapped him back to reality. He shook off the kryptonite and regained the strength that had existed all along."
"What many fail to realize however is that our ability to block the inner voice is often more important than any other variable. If you lack the ability to dig down and fight through difficult obstacles, it won’t matter what pills you pop or what you use for a routine. When the going gets tough, you are going to break. Learning to block this voice and tap into your hidden resources is perhaps the single most important discovery an athlete could ever make. A determined athlete who refuses to quit will succeed with almost any routine. Determination can turn nothing into something."

The second thing was in a Gym Jones article, it said.
“I spent twelve weeks on crutches after knee surgery. During recovery I surrounded myself with wanna-bes, pretend-to-bes, has-beens and never-will-bes. I met people who wasted their talent or were afraid of it. They taught me why I hadn't become a good climber. Like them, I was afraid to succeed, scared to commit. I didn't want to be any better than anyone else. Eventually, I sickened of people, myself included, who don't think enough of themselves to make something of themselves, people who did only what they had to and never what they could have done. I learned from them the infected loneliness that comes at the end of every misspent day. I knew I could do better.”

These raise the question for me, I know I want to give my own boundaries a bit of a nudge. I'll benchmark myself against others, gauging my performance against them, maybe pushing their boundaries a bit along the way. So the question becomes, where do I set the benchmark. Anything less than the best seems like a cop out, any caveat that lowers the bar seems like an excuse. I don't think I'm ready to set the bar at "be a/the world champion", there are a few hurdles to get over first, but it's interesting to see how my mental attitude has changed in the last 6 months.

D: 45.8km
A: 385m

2 x 10 Deck Squats
5 x 10 Powerband Sprints
3 x 50 @ 24kg Box Jumps
2 x 200 @ 53kg Jump Squats


Jeff had a new powerband tonight, it's possible that the week off it had dulled my edge or that my legs weren't feeling fresh, but it felt harder. Doing 5 sets of the sprints had sweat dripping off me by the litre, by the time we got to the box jumps my breathing was raking my throat and time seemed to distend.

PMPW: 91kg

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