Humans were created to do incredible things and given the unique gift of forming their own existence. Anything that forces fear, discomfort, nervs of doing something you have never done before will make you push yourself. It is exactly the place you need to go to for growth. When you put yourself in these sittuations and put in the preperation it takes, you get the experience of the process that goes into getting it. You also gain the incredible confidence boost and momentum that comes along with accomplishing it as well.
A human with confidence, building momentum, not afraid to step up and put themselves in sittuations of challenge for growth, is a scary thing.
I think every 6 months (at least) we must put ourselves through personal challenges. Fitness related. Nutrition related. Job related. Personal life. Hobbies etc. Any challenge is a good challenge.
The past 6 weeks I have been training for a Triathlon Sprint in Wildwood NJ.
(.25 swim/ 10 mile bike / 3.1 run)
I got to grow my relationship with my best friend Brian and Brandon, and a lot of my clients (team) by getting into the trenches with them all to prepare.
In the true confession category I dont really know how to swim and to a degree fear it. It was the weak link for me yesterday for sure. Next year I am going higher a swim coach to help myself get better. 6 weeks ago I would say things limiting my potential like I’m not good at biking or running. So I almost made the mistake of not doing this yesterday. However we are products of what we think and our actions. So thanks to my amazing team I became a biker and runner. I tell you this just as another reminder that just because you are not good at something, if you put in the work and your mind to it you can accomplish it.
This type of training can be great for anybody who simply wants to maintain staying “ready” for anything fitness related that may be thrown at them at anytime. Great for movement addicts, endurance atheletes and fat loss clients.
Weeks 1&2 (low capacity/low internsity/frequency )
So we did everything in half at a moderate pace for simplicity. 1x a week. We also lifted 2x a week to prevent injury. Exercises such as squats, lunges, chin ups, push ups, lunges, etc…
Weeks 3&4 (full capacity. Moderate intensity. Moderate frequency)
Now we did the actual course, at full speed or slightly under, 2x a week. We also lifted 2x a week. So you can expect to feel like you are truly getting ready during this time.
Week 5 (full capacity . Low frequency. HIGH intensity)
This week we did the course as hard as we could just 1x that week. Then focused on lifting 3x a week. Also just keeping an aerobic base of simple bike rides etc.
Week 6 (low capacity. Low internsity. High frequency.)
The final week the focus was on maintaining our aerobic base by staying aerobic, nutrition and not over doing it. Lifting or aerobic training. So we did low level light road work. Such as running for duration. Kayaking. Biking. Long bouts of aerobic work.
As far as a challenge, yesterday was very difficult. So difficult I think there is so much more that I can do in life in general now because of it. Not to mention I had a blast with amazing people. Next year I will be doing the full triathlon. 1 mile swim. 20 mile bike. 6.2 mile run.
Keep challenging yourself everybody!