A couple of weeks ago a client asked me whether I was training for an event. I was ashamed to say ‘No…I’m not currently training for anything… well I have Tough Mudder so I need to get my running back into gear but besides that…no’.
That same evening I went home and had a browse at event s in the area…with soooo many to choose from I decided that it is ridiculous that I am not pushing my body to new limits. I often think, ‘well I spin 6 times a week, teach a couple of aerobic classes and do my own short strength training sessions that I don’t need too’. WRONG ATTITUDE. In these spin sessions there is no serious competition, nothing making me push that little bit harder, no final goal at the end…apart from wanting to look better in a bikini and feeling healthy (but I always want that – it’s nothing new). My body is becoming adapted to what I do and it’s time to reach new limits and feel the adrenalin again of crossing a finish line.
Having said this, I want to be realistic with my goals, I don’t want to burn out and I think it is important to maintain a healthy balance between work, train and play!! So Tough Mudder will be in June and I will either do the Classic Half or Historic Half in November and hopefully a few fast 10ks between. Already in 2 weeks I have set myself times I want to reach and my attitude has changed. I have pushed myself to go running when I don’t want to, made my boyfriend run with me so I will run faster to keep up with him (not easy) and have attempted some chin ups so I won’t fall off the monkey bars at Tough Mudder. A triathlon is definitely on the horizon too; I’m probably a stronger swimmer than I am a runner or a cyclist – though I’m saving pennies for a new bike for this!
So now I ask you…. Are you going to rise to the challenge? If running isn’t your thing there are so many other events to choose from..cycling, swimming, hiking, you name it! Also, let’s think out of the box here…these challenges that you rise to don’t have to be events. You can always set your own personal challenges, for instance….to be able to squat your bodyweight, to lose 1.5 inches from your waist, to stop drinking wine on week nights!! Set the challenge, set the date you want to achieve it by, then get working…no excuses…no pain…no gain. If there is any time to set a challenge the time is now…Summer is just round the corner and this is the time of year when people are feeling their best. I promise you will not regret it.
If you need that extra bit of motivation…and perhaps an exciting incentive to work towards keep your eyes peeled for GWA’s exciting announcement this Thursday May 1st.
Get on it guys…bring on a better, healthier, fitter version of yourself!