30 + Fearless Week 4: Mental Toughness
Week 4. Here we go. Rested and ready to tackle this. Same group of girls. Same get em' attitude.
We continue to work hard. Giving everything we can muster during those workouts. However, the thing with any sport, physical activity, etc. you need to be mentally strong as well.
I know last week I hit my physical exhaustion but this week, the mental aspect is what got in the way. Unless you get paid to workout everyday and train almost non-stop, you have to go to your 9-5 job, take care of your kids, and basically just deal with life in general. Sometimes what happens outside of the gym/ring, messes with your focus and determination. This week was just that.
Personal reasons made it hard to mentally be present. I still pressed on even though I was unable to hit the home gym as much as I have previously. Other portions of my life needed more attention. If you've ever been mentally exhausted you know that this can hinder many things. That's why so many athletes have pre game rituals. These can be on the day they fight, the week leading up, or whatever helps get their minds in the game. If they don't have a clear mind, things can unravel quickly.
That's what I was facing. Wanting to push harder but almost being dead to the world. Barely able to even get ready for bed those evenings. Finally, the weekend crept in. I knew I didn't want to be a hermit in the house so my fiance and I held each other accountable for a Saturday morning cycle session. This would be my first time doing so. I've said it plenty of times before but I'll say it again: cardio and I are not friends.
I was excited to try something new but anxious because I know cardio is a weakness of mine. I didn't think I would like it and hate every second of it. Then to my surprise, I loved it. It was not only a cardio that didn't kill me the whole time but it was almost a therapy. I just turned up my tunes, zoned the world out, and peddled until we hit our destination then turned around to get back. In total, we did 14 miles.
We didn't just stop there. We continued our day with moving items for her parents and playing tennis (not well) that evening. Sunday, we made it all about the family. So we walked about and didn't do anything too strenuous. We even ended our weekend with a sweet treat. Something we haven't done in weeks. Funny enough, it wasn't even that satisfying. Even though it looked delicious.
Let's see what this holiday week brings. I can promise you I will definitely be having a cheat meal this Wednesday. How could I not?