Tough Mudder Training Update

Posted on April 8, 2012

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Happy Easter people! For those of you celebrating Easter this weekend I hope you’re enjoying the extended weekend.

It’s been a couple of weeks since my last update… this is due to technological issues more than anything else.  I was in Malta for my cousins wedding last weekend and didn’t travel with my laptop thinking “It’s ok, I’ll be able to write any posts on my iPhone and use the Hotel wi-fi to get online and post”.  However, at some stage while I was in the air my iPhone decided that it no longer wanted to open any of my apps which meant I was only able to make phone calls, send SMS and err… use my calendar.  To many people this may not be a problem, however, for someone who is dependent on their phone for many other useful things this is nothing short of a CATASTROPHE!

No Email, nothing to read (I keep eBooks on my iPhone), and no access to anything other phone calls and text’s for a week (by the time I finally sorted the problem out)… They might as well have cut off my arms!!

Anyway, rant over and on to my training.  So how’s it going?  Well pretty much the same as it has been for a while.  I’m mixing up strength, conditioning and core circuits with running and interval training.  Normally I go into the sessions I’ve done, however, this week I going to change things up a bit talk about how I’m feeling both physically and mentally with 5 full weeks to go until Tough Mudder.

How am I feeling physically? Well, in a word…. BATTERED! I’m almost constantly achy, hip flexors have been so tight the last couple days I’ve been doing yoga and stretching work to loosen them up. Aside from that my calves are fine unless I have to ACTUALLY walk anywhere and I’m so tired that so far this Easter weekend I’ve had around 34 hours sleep!

Psychologically, it’s not much better. Over the last week or so I’ve gone through so many emotions about Tough Mudder from feeling great, to thinking that I might be over training and worry that I’m not going to be fully prepared 😦

Why am I sharing this?  Well, because I’m sure there are thousands of other people who are preparing for there first Tough Mudder, Mud Run, 10km, whatever and are thinking exactly the same thing now.  I remember going through this same combination of physical discomfort and self-doubt at some point during preparation for every major event I’ve participated in.

It’s a completely normal part of the process as you push yourself out of your comfort zone and into the unknown and on to a higher level of achievement. The differentiating factor between succeeding and failing is maintaining the discipline you set out with and to keep pushing through the training. I know it’s difficult, but trust me on this one.  It will get easier and you’ll look back in a few weeks and say to yourself “what was I even worried about?”… Hopefully 😉

That’s the thing about taking part in this type of event, it’s not suppose to be easy.  That’s why they call it a CHALLENGE!!

It’s about pushing yourself to do something extraordinary.  Something that was beyond your abilities and pushing yourself to become capable.  Then come the day, you overcome the challenge, complete it; and have a HUGE sense of achievement and pride in what you’ve accomplished!  😀

It truly amazes me what the human body is capable of when pushed.  As I was reminded only the other day, the biggest limiting factors to your progress are your thoughts and mindset.  If you think about something long enough it will begin to happen.  The mind is a wonderful and powerful thing, whatever you put into it, it will begin to make happen.  The thoughts we hold and dwell on ultimately become who we are. This is as true in the sporting world as much as it is in business and every other area of your life.  Here’s a great quote on the subject:

“Thoughts become things, choose the good ones” – Mike Dooley

Think about for it while…. No really, take some time to think about this.

If you take some time to visualise a positive outcome to something and continue to dwell on the thought of being successful in obtaining a specific goal your brain automatically starts finding ways for you accomplish this.  If you focus on this long enough you begin to think that is it possible for you attain.  Follow this up with an action that’ll move you closer to the goal, then another action and another you begin to reach a point where you believe it is entirely possible.  Keep up the action and sooner or later you’ll reach whatever it was you set out to achieve.

I’m not saying it’s easy to always be positive; however, if we choose to be positive, realise when we’re having negative thoughts and try to reframe those thoughts in a positive way life will get a lot better in every area.

As I get closer to Tough Mudder and even beyond I’ll revisit this idea in a bit more depth and discuss how important mindset and positive visualisation is in relation to an individuals performance.

For now, if you’re reading this and thinking to yourself “I wish I could change….”  I have some great news for you.

YOU CAN!

Thanks for being awesome and reading!