Originally posted on LaxSpot on 01/23/2008
Well Ladies and gentleman, “The time is now and the place is here”. This is aquote from my favorite series of books by Dan Milliman. This particular quote comes from “The way of the Peacefull Warrior” and I suggest all athletes and competitors get a copy. This book changed my life when I needed it the most. Just after my father died when I was 19 and just starting my sophmore year at Towson, a great friend (Jim D’Annunzio) gave me a copy of this book, and it helped me not only get past the pain of my fathers passing but taught me how to overcome physical pain as well.
Which leads me to this weeks post. While in college you practice for at least two and a half hours on the field and another hour and a half in the weight room, and if you were like me you spent the beginning of the season in the breakfast club at 6:00am with Coach Ross, because you did not make the “run test”. When it was all said and done you averaged four hours a day doing something athletic. Presently in the year 2008 at age 28 (29 in March)I am trying to fit four hours of exercise into about an hour and a half…BRUTAL. Not to mention my recovery time is NOTHING like it used to be.
SOOOO “The time is now” last evening was my first Plyo’s and power movement session of the week. Now I am not positive but I think my trainer was trying to make a point. I was not hung over from a GIANTS game, I was not tired for over working, I was actually feeling pretty good, and I let him know that before we started. BIG MISTAKE. We started with some pretty simple “ladder drills” you know one foot in, one foot out, that kind of thing. Followed by some of that dynamic stretching, so far so good! Finally we started the Circuit training, WHAT circuit training was not part of this deal, but apparently I do not reserve the right to complain. The “deal” is that I trust my trainer to get me ready and I dont ask questions…BAD DEAL.
OK back to “The time is now” about half way through the FIRST round in the three round circuit, I started to black out, you know seeing stars, legs locking up, muscles completely failing, GOOD TIMES. As I was trying to keep it together long enough to make it through the “power pushup” part of the circuit, I simply fell on my face. I truly didnt think I could do any more of them, I could not see two feet in front of me, but I could hear Mike (my trainer) saying “Dude, you got this, come on” and it reminded me of the book! it was at this moment that I had my first thoughts of failure, or thought that maybe I was too old for this, in short I was actually doubting myself. Now anyone who knows me knows that I am, well a little bit ummm, lets just say, self confident, yeah thats right ,self confident. So as you can imagine this feeling of doubt was not a good one for me. As I lifted myself up to my feet and was about to say something retarded like “dude, I need some water” I noticed that Mike was looking at me like, he knew I wanted to quit, so he made the decision for me, he just started counting down from ten (this means its time to move on to the next excecise), and we just moved on. With the quote “The time is now and the place is here” running around in my head it became quite obvious that I needed to get through that circuit right then or I would never reach my goal. And Get through the circuit I did, and I very well could have called it a night after my workout with Mike, but I even found the energy to make my way down to the weight room, and pounded out some serious weights. I drove home completely drained, slept like a baby, and woke up feeling alot less sore than I thought I would.
I now remember how it feels to really want something, to push yourself just a little farther than you think you can. I remember that physical pain can be overcome with the drive to succeed, and training my mind to think this way again will be hard but it should not take too long, as I am certain that I can still take it to the next level!
Unitl next week
P.S. GIANTS BY 4 IN THE SUPERBOWL