“Time is all you have and you may find one day that you have less than you think.” Randy Pausch – The Last Lecture
I’ve personally never felt more alive than I do at this moment in time right now. I flew to Boston to stay and train with one of my best friends, fully expecting to push my body and mind to new heights. Our goal set forth in these few weeks of hell is simple: Erase our mental hang-ups with training, push past our doubts and self-imposed limits, and hopefully reveal what kind of toughness we truly possess. We’ve done this by sticking to an insanely strict diet, sleep schedule, training program, and throwing program. That’s the easy part, though. We’ve always done that. That is fun for us. Additionally, however, each day we complete a mental challenge of some sort to put our bodies and minds through a firing squad of pain.
Everything that has made us sick, nervous, cold, sore, tired, or flat out scared to death, my buddy and I wrote down and have accomplished up until this point. This includes but is not limited to, army crawling up a mountain without sitting up, swimming a half mile in a freezing cold river in the dark (twice), carrying each other long distances up a mountain in sub-optimal gear until physically unable, and waking up very early every day to go on long freezing cold walks with only shorts on.
It might seem stupid. It might not “help” us get guys out, or feel fresh for our next day of lifting and throwing, but you know what? What about that muscle between your ears? Why don’t we ever train that mother fucker? Well now we are. It’s brutal, and we feel terrible, but its the most alive either of us has ever felt.
With a couple more weeks of this psycho training in store, I will keep you updated on my progress. Stay tuned. Until then, here are some excellent reads for your weekly ass kicking 🙂
What a man understands that he is really dying by Artofmanliness.com – We’ve written about the importance of understanding your own mortality here on Show Me Strength before, but this article really captures it and helps give you the tools to slow down your life so you can fully embrace each moment on this earth.
Vision Quest by TC Louma – Badass read right here. We love the guys over at T-Nation, and TC’s writing is on another level in this piece. The goal of this one is to get you the hell out of your comfort zone, and start living not in the fast lane but in the world you want for yourself. This quote sums it up..
“That’s why I write down what I lifted and that’s why I want to get better. I want to be my own hero, be the protagonist in the book of my life and not just some third-rate character whose life is notable only for his total lack of conviction or purpose. So have another soy latte, you uncomprehending, weak kneed, pot-bellied, slack jawed, pseudo intellectual waste of flesh.”
How to be small. 18 ways to blend in with the crowd by Nate Green of Precision Nutrition – The average is the average for a reason. It’s easy, comfortable, safe, and free of painful effort. The average comes at a cost though. It means living a life full of black and white, and no color. It means having the body, mind, and experiences that aren’t worthy of mention. Do you want that? Didn’t think so. Read on.
That is it for today my friends. Hope your week is badass like mine will be! Go be the superhero of your own story. Start today.
Embrace. Fight. Prevail.