Training your Mentality
I was short of breath and my legs were heavy. I only had 20 more feet to go, but I was moving very slowly, keeping my head down and looking at every step I had to make. I was cold, exhausted, hungry, and thirsty. Every muscle was aching and my body was telling me to stop.One last, huge lung and I lifted my head; my heart sank into my stomach. My eyes widened and I felt a rush of excitement. I made it to the top and the view was breath taking. I felt on top of the world!
I don’t just push myself in the gym, but also love pushing myself in other parts of my life. This past weekend I accomplished something amazing. I conquered my first ever “fourteener.” In Colorado there are 53 mountains that reach 14,000 feet in elevationwhich people are allowed to hike. I not only did one, but twoof those mountains in one day! The mountains were called Gray’s and Torrey’s Peak in Idaho Springs Colorado.
Doing a fourteeneris a huge commitment and something that you have to be prepared for. These hikes can take all day and the weather can change on you in an instant. That’s why I brought gloves, hats, and a jacket- because when you get toward the top of the mountain it is very cold. It could be snowing, hailing, raining, you never know. That’s why you have to start them early because weather conditions are better earlier in the day. I woke up at 3:30a.m and got to the trailhead by 6a.m. I brought a Camelbackfilled with water and a bunch of bars and trail mix to eat along the hike. In total the hike took me 6 hours to complete and I was back at the bottom of the trail by 12 o’clock.
I am the type of person that always likes to have a goal in mind. Since I’m not focused on getting ready for a competition at the moment, I still challenge myself in other aspects of my life. Conquering these fourteeners last weekend was probably one of the hardest things I have ever done. I haven’t been doing that much aerobic activity in a while, so hiking up thesemountains wastough and took a lot out of me.
This hike was not only physical, but the entire hike was a constant mental battle for me. How did I accomplish it?? I kept telling myself NOT TO QUIT. Your mind plays a big role when it comes to challenging situations. I kept telling myself that I was strong and I could accomplish anything.
If you have a certain goal in mind its not going to be an easy ride. It’s going to be challenging and even down right brutal at times. There are times when you just want to give up, and you will start questioning yourself on why you are even doing it. This is the time when you really push mentally. You have to keep working hard and grinding because once you finally make it to the top it’s the most rewarding feeling.
I suggest if you are someone like me who likes having a goal in mind then try something new and surprise yourself. Whether it’s doing a powerlifting meet, biking, rock climbing, running a marathon, or competing in a bodybuilding show. Doing something outside your comfort zone is going to help you with conquering your goals in life. What ever it may be go push yourselfmentally and physically!I feel conquering these fourteenrs are going to make me into a better athlete. By doing these extreme hikes I’m training my body and my mind to go beyond their limits. I got those same feelings back when I was getting ready for my bikini competition, so doing these hikes are not only a fun challenge, but yet another way I can continue training for my next competition prep.