Breaking through the Wall

Our minds often tell us we’ve reached physical failure when we still have winning potential left in the gas tank.  Runners call it hitting the wall.  In the Navy we referred to it as – making it to the other side.  I like the Navy phrase better because it is like two sides of a river.  As with anything in life, most are destined to be left behind while a small minority refuses to quit and makes it to the other side, the winning side.  Many of you know exactly what I’m talking about, from days when coaches or circumstances forced you into situations where you couldn’t quit, and you went on to win.  Quitting wasn’t an option.  We learn a lot about ourselves from these situations, that the human body is capable of going far beyond the pain/quit barrier, and that quitting is all in the mind.  It’s a topic I’ve been thinking a lot about lately as I’ve trained for 3 minute rounds by putting together seemingly impossible routines and forcing myself through them.  Then yesterday, my brother Chris was talking about a recent kettlebell competition, The Wild West Shootout and he was commenting on this same phenomenon, how remarkable it was that he felt completely spent and like quitting 5 minutes into a 10 minute competition but pressed through it and actually felt his best in the last few minutes.  (I think he placed first although he modestly refused to confirm)  I wish I had words or could in some way convey the trick to pushing through this barrier but it’s something each soul must gut up to on their own, and then must discover again, and again, for our minds will continually throw up walls.  There is no bashing them down forever.  But for those who push through them regularly, they do become tougher.  They do reach performance levels far beyond others.  And they are the people who most often win.

Chris left – soon the last man standing.  chris wild west

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