Monday, September 26, 2011
Do you perform well under pressure?
The concept of fight camp seems to revolve around the theory that pressure is good--not only the pressure you put on yourself, but additional pressure from your teammates.
My kru purchased a rowing machine for our gym, which I was excited about at first but now realize is a torture device from hell. My five rounds on Friday weren't so bad, even though I had to get my heart rate up to a certain level that required busting my butt...I only had one other woman, a friend, cheering me on and encouraging me. But on Saturday, I had to survive three rounds in a tiny room with four guys screaming at me to pull harder, go faster, not give up, etc. As Kara, one of the other women in fight camp, said when she took her turn: "I don't think I care for this environment". I concur. I'd much rather suffer in a corner with no one paying attention to me.
I was going so fast, I flew off the seat at one point (that thing needs a safety belt). I got a nasty blister on my left hand. During the second round, my quads hurt so much that I was sure I couldn't get through it. Giving up was tempting, so very tempting...but not possible. Somehow, I survived, and the third round was the easiest. Then it was my turn to yell encouragement at someone else.
My hope is that every time I want to quit and don't; every time my body is crying out for a break but I push forward, I will get that much stronger. I will realize I am capable of doing anything required...even with a roomful of guys screaming at me.
What makes you stronger?
My magical Under Armour garments arrived today. So excited! I'll be able to "test drive" them this week and see if they lessen my skin irritation. Here's hoping.
Posted by J.H. Moncrieff at 5:00 AM