- 24k run (half of 48k cause good golly, that distance is for people like the Lottridges . . . ), so a 15 mile run with Brad as my support.
- 48 routes to climb at Boulders.
- 48 times traversing around the pillar at Boulders.
- 4.8 minute plank hold.
- 48 push ups.
- 48 pull ups.
- 48 squats with the slosh pipe.
- Hold slosh pipe for 4.8 minutes.
- Blog for 48 days about something new I learned.
- Drink 4.8 white Sangrias.
Last night as I watched the Olympic decathlon event, I was reminded of the time around early 2000 when I read about Alison Dunlap, at the time the worlds best female mountain biker. Outside magazine published a picture of her after a major race labeling in detail all the bruises, aches, scrapes, and pain she experienced - mostly visible scars and serious owies. I filed that image away because at the time, I had my first bout of long term elbow tendonitis from rock climbing. I reluctantly took six months off from climbing, and I felt like that injury was completely debilitating.
That article about Alison and her wrecked body put me in check. I could no longer describe my elbow pain as debilitating or even "painful" for that matter. Instead, I took stock of my body and the fact that 99% of it was clearly working well, took one last look at Alison's featured owies, and decided that my capacity to be a bad-ass was within reach in spite of a hurt elbow. I recovered well from the tendonitis and can't really recall an injury since then that has kept me from climbing or running or training for significant periods of time.
So when I was watching the athletes compete in the decathlon, I considered the training and kinds of potential injuries those athletes might get and basically told my future self to suck it up. I'm not injured now - admittedly a little under-motivated, but 100% healthy. And not that I am anticipating or wishing my body into pain or debilitation from any of my athletic pursuits - I'm just sayin' that in my pursuit of fitness, there are so many athletes to look to for inspiration and strength during my low periods.
As I prepare mentally (just two days away - yikes!) for my annual Birthday Challenge, I'm relying on what I've been coached on, and practiced since I was a kid, then teen, then adult. That is,
My body can do more than I think it can.
My mind can push my body to its limit, and
What I can't train for today, I can do tomorrow.
In my mind, I look at my Birthday Challenge as a microthlon - a mini variation of the decathlon I watched intently, topped off by the many athletes I know of, as friends and in the public world who inspire me to get out there and get it done.