How do athletes deal with aging? Answer may differ for each of us.
Something helps me. Remembering what I’m training for besides the immediate feel, look, and function. Or besides the next race, competition, game, event, or expedition. I wanted to share this:
If I find myself running one day with a gait that looks like my knees and ankles have been tenderized with hammers, what will I then be training for? I will be training with the goal that every person who looks into my eyes finds the peaceful warrior’s ageless resolve.
Many say outer-confidence behaviors, even their pretense, will soak-in eventually to transform our inner lives. In sports, this is the performance-self toughness of the Loehr-Jansen-Evert book, Mental Toughness Training for Sports.
Others say, concentrate on inner strength, and all else will follow. This is an ancient principle passed down through the wisdom of many disciplines developed from antiquity. Dr. Loehr may call this our true-self, strengthened.
Either way, personal strengthening takes time. Perhaps using both ways shortens the time.
Outer-confidence may be a personal fear deterrent as we go among predator-types, i.e. those who may take advantage of our real or perceived weaknesses: intellectual, physical, social, etc. They’re out there, but probably not as often as we fear. So many fight their own battles, as Plato wrote in his case for kindness. Aggression or predatory behavior is often rooted in fear in the other. This reminds me of a lesson covered in Dan Millman’s “Way of the Peaceful Warrior.”
In some sense, outer-confidence is plumage. In another, it reduces self-distracting fear, improving our focus on what we are doing. It is not-bleeding, or sucking-up the bloodied nose, or swallowing the broken lip’s blood among sharks. And so it has real tactical value. ‘Don’t let them see you sweat.’
However, inner strength weathers a shark frenzy, and defeats the sharks. It is hyper intelligent, perpetually determined, and immortal. It defeats, deters, fools, or evades them altogether (more often the latter). It is the source of total focus. It determines what we do, not how we look. It is the final arbiter in our contribution to outcomes. Inner strength eventually joins with outer confidence, and multiplies it.
Observe, journal, test, temper, and learn. We are not alone, and each of us has a good purpose for being related to the rest.
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May your Memorial Day weekend be peaceful as you reflect on our fallen who have kept the peace for so many generations.
Water is is a powerful element, and it is in us.
Water can move mountains. Water makes our bodies pliable, flexible, functional and strong. Water supplies our muscles as they work. The brain is 70% plus water.
When you think of power or strength training, think in terms of work that you could do that you might otherwise have abdicated to a machine.
Think in terms of gradualism, moving from light to heavier resistance. Use your sense of feel, learn proper form and go only to resistance levels that are safe for you and feel right, even if they may challenge you some. How much challenge you can handle is a judgment for you and your physician to come to, but once you do, you can move mountains with water.
Today was one of those days when water moved heavy materials from the Earth.
The specifics of this training evolution will come in the M7 Adaptive Fitness Guidebook due out in December before Christmas. It is a way to strength and power train intensively without overloading joints, staying functional, and combining muscle groups in the process. And, it is affordable, simple and easy to access. Yet it is just one method. It is also fun.