When I started exercising as a young child, I was instructed to look at myself in the mirror and critique my form. You get to learn how to properly position yourself and prevent injury by using proper form. In one research, I have read that you get an 8% greater workout by thinking and doing the exercises in proper form. Many people have a hard time looking at themselves in the mirror. I believe they are so critical on what parts they don’t like about themselves that they cannot concentrate on the good strong parts about the body that was given to them. My advice is to learn to love the mirror. Get comfortable looking at who you see. There are so many wonderful different parts of that person in the mirror. Once you learn to love that, you may find a love to share to others.
“For the Spirit that God has given us does not make us timid, his Spirit fills us with power, love, and self-control.” 2Timothy 1
I believe that learning to press on you must start each day and end each day with a prayer of gratitude. It is where you draw strength from when you are weak. It is looking at the positive and not the negative. It brings you back to join nature and know that your spirit is combined here on earth to grow and strengthen from within. It helps you regain the purpose of existence. Gratitude energizes the spirit and builds faith where it was once weak.
“The spirit, the will to win and the will to excel are the things that endure. These qualities are so much more important than the events that occur.” Vice Lombardi
Grow Strong My Friend with Gratitude to build on.
This weekend training was a marathon on Saturday and an easy run on Sunday to work out the lactic acid. Spencer went trailing behind me on the outdoor elliptical machine which is much harder than the bike. Although his endurance work has been steadily improving he learned a great lesson from Saturdays workout. People ask me what is the difference from 26.2 to 100 miles? My answer to that is it is all mental toughness. The mind has got to be prepared. It has to lead with confidence, and know the discipline on race day is finally paying off. It is better stated by, Vince Lombardi:
“Mental toughness is many things. It is humility, because it behooves all of us to remember that simplicity is the sign of greatness and meekness is the sign of true strength. Mental toughness is spartanism with qualities of sacrifice, self-denial, dedication. It is fearlessness, and it is love.”