Time to Try Hard
I’ve just fallen in love with the concept of training. I don’t enjoy training…yet. And yikes, if you know me, you know that’s a crazy sentence. Like Spenser mentioned in the last post, we’ve been in Colorado over two months. Since being in Colorado, Spenser and I have kicked up our training several notches. Through this, I’ve realized that my quit threshold is extremely low…
What is a quit threshold, you ask? I see it as the moment you lose your “grrr,” when you stop trying hard. It’s completely psychological. You could do one, two, or even three more push-ups/crunches/squats, but you choose not to. You essentially give up. You know that the extra effort won’t kill you, so why do you stop? The negative impact is not solely felt in your training, this attitude will eventually permeate throughout all your actions. It could mean that you will not make that last move on the climb you’ve been projecting, or that you will lack the mental gumption to study hard for class that you need to excel in.
So here we are. In Colorado, surrounded by ridiculously strong climbers. Living with Brad Jackson, a training master. He knows how to train smart, not just hard. So…exactly why are we not taking FULL advantage of this? When this realization finally hit me, I felt like quite a bonehead.
The past 2 months have been the most active months in my entire life. Hiking to and from Rocky Mountain National Park, at high altitude, training hard…but not hard enough. There’s still a ton of other things that seem to get in the way – selling the trailer, keeping up with the social media (blog, Facebook), and climbing. I have realized that climbing is not enough, I HAVE to train my antagonistic muscles if I am going to improve my climbing and even survive as a climber long-term.
This brings up The Pain Box. Spenser sent me this CrossFit article, and although I am completely skeptical of CrossFit, this article is applicable to anyone and everyone. The concept of pain and pleasure reallocation is quite simple, albeit easier written down rather than applied.
Same goes for pleasure:
I am currently unable, let’s be honest, unwilling to give up certain guilty pleasures of my own, such as Breaking Bad. Nonetheless, this is a great concept to keep in mind when making choices.
Training is helping me raise my quit threshold and move my pain and pleasure boxes in the right directions…one more push-up and Russian twist at a time. I’ll be learning throughout this process and keeping y’all as updated as possible.
While we’ve been haphazardly training since settling in Fort Collins, today Brad, Spenser and I sat down to create a set training plan with a goal – crush to the best of our limits at the ABS 14 Regional Championships at Miramont North in Fort Collins, just 10 days away. Updates will be coming with our exact training and fitness plans! If anyone has any favorite training tricks or tips, please share them!
As Brad puts it, if you’re not strong, you’re f***ing weak.
So…let’s get strong!!