“The ability to compartmentalize pain into these small bite sizes is key.”
Joe De Sena
I have been biting my way through the relative pain of the Spartan Fit 30 day program, still chewing, but kind of enjoying it at the same time. Bite size compartmentalization is certainly key.
I was shocked yesterday when I realised that I was at Day 27, which meant only 1 more workout on the plan then a rest day and then The Hot Gates Day 30 Workout. I feel like I have gotten stronger and it has happened fast.
Now, I still have a long way to go - the prospect of completing a 42km Ultra Beast next year, is still very daunting. I'm having a quiet little freakout about 19km in the bush next Saturday afternoon, so I still have a very long way to go.
A quick recap of the last 3 days - the workouts have been good.
Me and the sand bags have gotten close. On Sunday evening a little too close for a little too long, but still we got it done. Having done a 10km road race in the morning, I did not make a good decision to rest for the day and then hit myself up for a workout at 5pm. Twice the distance of this workout the first time, and it is without a doubt my least favourite workout on the program, I was mentally challenged before I even began. The workout is simple enough - throw the very heavy sand bell; toss the very heavy sand bell; slam the very heavy sand bell and then do sit ups, until the distance is complete. I wanted to stop more than a few times. I didn't. It was dark, and I got it done.
Out comes the sandbag again - this time with 30 extra pounds inside. Deadlifts; carry; sprint and crawl. Almost easy compared to yesterday. It was the middle of the day and I was hot, the sun was fierce, the workout was strong and the sweat was plenty. This workout was satisfying.
This workout is definitely my favourite in the whole program. Its a hill sprint and run down followed by a bag carry up hill walking for as many rounds possible in 40 minutes. I feel strong in the sprint and fast and I feel really good with the carry. It's not a workout where I feel the need to count it down, I'm just happy to move. I never thought I would say that about carrying something heavy up hill or sprinting fast up hill or on the flat. This is a testament to the power of the Spartan Fit program to help create change.
Right now I am really looking forward to my recovery day tomorrow. I will do my morning Tai Chi, as I have done every day in the program, and I will work with my clients throughout the day and I will rest and play in the evening. The Hot Gates are ahead of my and I'm going to need all my strength.