Tomorrow I will begin my first, and easiest hell week of my 6 month InnerFight challenge that my coach Marcus Smith organized for me. I like hell weeks, and asked him to organize a hell week every 6th week of training. In a few hours, I will begin my first hell week.
Friday: 50km run in the desert, and must be done on sand
Saturday: 180 km bike (3 x jebel jais, 90km climbing)
Monday: 1,000 burpes for time
Tuesday: hour cross fit class and then a full marathon row (42km)
Wednesday: hour cross fit class followed by 1 mile sled pull for time with 75% of my body weight
Thursday: hour cross fit class followed by a full marathon skierg
I have been training consistently, doing cross fit, rowing, ski-erg and push ups and pull ups, in total about 3 hours a day, but I am not in running shape, and I haven’t ridden a bike much since I crashed out at RAAM back in mid June 015.
One of the points I often discuss in this blog is my opinion that too many people think too much.
What I mean … is I think too many people think too much about what they are going to do tomorrow that they do not go after something they really want to do. Maybe its a fear of failure or a fear of the pain. Don’t tell yourself you cant do something because you are scared of the pain.
This week, I met a great guy who is training to run across Canada … and he runs 10-20km a day. The guy is in great running shape, and he must have almost zero body fat; lean and thin. Compared to him, the guy looks like a world class ultra-runner, I look like an American football player…
I invited him to join me on my 50km/31 mile run tomorrow, but he told me he couldn’t because he didn’t feel that his body was ready for a 50km run. He basically said he didn’t want to overdo it.
When I met the guy and we discussed my hell week, he asked me “are you sure you are ready to run 50km?”
And with a big grin on my face, I said, “this Friday I will find out..”
If I sit around and think about it … no, I am not ready to go for a 50km run across the desert…
But, I am sure physically my body is prepared to endure a good 50km run.
And since I have a GPS watch, and Marcus will see my timing, heart rate, etc … I will make this run happen.
It is going to be fun 6 days, and on my 6th day … I will go directly from the gym to the airport because I have to go to Nigeria for a dinner and meetings in Lagos on Friday.
First things first, I must make this premier hell week happen.
I hope some of you think about me this weekend … and think about your own goals and aspirations…
Don’t sit around and think about how hard something is going to be; don’t sit around and think about if you are ready to go after something.
Just try to do it.
I am 45 years old … if I can go after physical challenges and stuff like this, you can too.
…but we have to make it happen.