Experienced the power of mentality shifts in a grueling endurance test
I went and did a 15km race with a weighted packed on my back - for a challenge. I love stuff like this. The idea of it is that it's mostly a mental thing, it's not an obstacle course, or a running race (unless you're fit enough to run the whole way), it's just you, the pack and your mind trying to get to the finish line. it was a course that was based off an entrance test they put special services guys through, although they obviously get better times than lay people such as myself and the rest of us participating.
anyhoo, i start off with a burst of energy and i'm running for a decent amount of time. it takes us over rugged farm land with some pretty steep hills. eventually i get too exhausted and start walking, with occasional bursts of jogging. At some point I realise my mentality is slowing me down, that i'm giving myself permission to be slow because i'm so exhausted. then i think to myself, I'm better than this! i desreve a better finishing time! and out of nowhere i get all this energy to start running on and off again, when i thought i couldn't anymore.
weak mentality: giving yourself permission to fail because you're tired.
strong mentality: i'm better than this.
see, now was i actually tired? what even is tired?
it's been a part of my over arching mentality shift from being unaware of and beanten by all this inner noise telling me that i can't do it because of x,y,z, from becoming aware of it and saying over the top - oh, yes i fucking can, and becoming a person focused on success and high standards, not imagined failures. i'm suprised about the 'ego' inolved in expecting more of yourself. This is high self esteem.
just thought that was interesting. i read about these mental shifts alll the time but experiencing it in real time while i ran this race was pretty enlightening.
Cool. This is probably something I should write or speak on more as I've got a lot of experience with it. Great job Shikorah and great personal realization to have. When you can start identifying limiting/weak beliefs that are affecting your behavior in a negative way in REAL-TIME you start making serious moves. Physically reprogramming yourself is a huge part of the puzzle.
are a lot of your experiences from the military? i'm keen to hear all your experinces, where ever they're from.
there's definatley something to these challenges that reset how much you think you can handle. i've read books by joe de sena, the creator of the spartan race, and ex navy seal guys like Mark Divine, who all say the same thing - that these challenges change you, and raise your threshold of what you know you can handle. it's hard work that makes us stronger. i'm looking into adventure racing because of these inspiring guys, not to mention back packing and working through europe for maybe 6 months and then joining the mililtary. I'm always looking for the next step in my rite of passage.
I watched a documentary on the hardest prisons in the world. in one, they interviewed the inmates and asked which punishment was worse - the body breaking hard labour or isolation. They all said the isolation was worse, because it broke them down, whereas the work made them harder.
I did some decently crazy shit in the military. Had the highest pt score in my class, only one with a perfect. I won a couple Soldier competitions, beat the fuck out of a regional land nav event that had every branch participating in it as well as some civilian branches and a National Geographic personality (or Discovery Channel don't remember which). He had to get airvac'ed off the mountain. I came pounding into the finish line thinking I was in a hurry. No one else even made it back in time. Only one other person had 2 of the 4 points and he was over 2 hrs late. I had 3 out of 4. I qualified pre-Ranger school with a bum knee. Kept collapsing during the group run, still made it in the allotted time. Nothing was like high school wrestling tho lol
Nothing was like high school wrestling tho lol
Wrestlers are probably the toughest atheltes in the world.