We get stuck on a belief level. Whatever I believe about my ability to….whatever….that would be my ceiling to success. Now we are not talking pie-in-the-sky beliefs here, nor wishful thinking, nor what I know I should believe, but deep seated real truths that I hold. The kind of truths that often take a liberating and frightening journey to explore and discover.
When I take on any adventure or anything extreme I really work with my beliefs…and I start by breaking whatever the event is up into “belief sizes.” Then I start training according to “belief sizes.” Lets go for a jog and chat about it!
So I know that I do not really believe that I can just go and run 250km in the desert. My knee is bust, my Achilles is bust and fitness and stamina definitely not where it should be (my two team mates…well, they have far greater issues than I have!). However, if we break it up into 6 days…40km, 40km, 40km, 40km, 80km, 10km…then…well, who am I kidding, I still don’t believe that I can really do that . So what do I believe I can do?
Currently I can do 6km reasonably pain free. I believe that in the next week I will be able to stretch that to 10km. That is all I need to believe I can do, since there will be a check point every 10km 🙂 I will plan for 250km, but not think about 250km. I will not even think about finishing one day at a time. My “belief” currently, since I can do it, is that I can do 1x check point at a time! If I hit 25 check points over 6 days…well the the race is done! My focus over the next week is to work my way up slowly to a 10km in order to stretch my belief. If I have time, I will see if I can do a 15km. I don’t want the 10km be my “belief limit”, I want my belief to be that I can easily push past a check point!
Keep following – this is all a big experiment!