“There are many rivers that we cross in our lifetime, unfortunately some of those rivers just don’t have bridges.” ― John R. Gouin
Not every journey we take will be a smooth leisurely one. In fact, those journeys that take you to the most worthwhile destinations are often the roughest and most difficult. They will require planning, effort, and most importantly perserverance.
So let’s say you are on your figurative journey through the wilderness (the wilderness here being whatever venture you are embarking on whether it be in your training or another aspect of your life requiring commitment). Things are going well, you are on the correct heading and making good time. You’ve experienced some difficulties, but nothing that has challenged you enough to remove you from your comfort zone. Thus far you have had the ability and motivation to deal with all the obstacles that have presented themselves. Now however, you come across a raging river in your path. This river stretches on for miles and miles in both directions leaving no feasible way to circumnavigate it. What’s more there appears to be no bridge across this river and the water is rough, cold, and deep. It is at this point where you will most likely you experience discouragement. This will prompt you to question your commitment, and if you are honest with yourself the thought of quitting and turning back has crosses. We all know quitting is always an option and quite an easy and attractive one to take at that. Sure you can turn back along the path you’ve been travelling, but this will only take you back to where you’ve been. That place is known as your comfort zone where you feel safe and perhaps happy in a temporary sense. But will you be content and satisfied with this familiar position? There will always be those hard chargers who make hasty and brash statements like “quitting is never an option to me, the thought never crossed my mind.” These individuals are either delusional or lying. The thought of quitting, of giving up is always present. That being said though, its mere presence does not mean that it is something that has to be acted upon. Believing that quitting is not option is not a display of strength and perseverance. The realization that quitting is an option, but having the resolve to push through the difficulties, to adapt and find a way through and continue pushing forward is the true strength.
One final note about our theoretical journey through the wilderness. Do not overlook the journey itself with too narrow a focus on the end goal. A fantastic quote by Robert Pirsig, author of “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance” goes:“To live for some future goal is shallow. It is the sides of the mountain that sustain life, not the top.” The path to your goal is where you are going to deal with the struggles that make you stronger, it is where you will create memories and will give you stories to tell, and most importantly where you will show your true grit and resolve. Anyone can stand at the mountain peak and thrust their arms in the air victoriously. However, there are only a few, and they are certainly a rare breed, that can actually climb that mountain crossing those rivers along the way.
DAILY FEATURE: Another Strike Against Gluten?
In case you needed another reason to cut gluten entirely out of your diet check out this article. This is an interesting study done on the effects of gluten on feelings of depression (even in non-celiac disease affected subjects). Thanks to 3Fu3l for finding the study and posting. Just another reason to avoid this nasty stuff!
Warm-up: 500m row, 3 ring dips x 3, 8 KB swings @ 25lbs x 3, 10 A/S x 3.
Strength: Front squats 7-7-7-7-7 increasing load with each set