I’ve been training for a long time, and after a certain point, I think the body just went on autopilot. As I continued working out without a specific goal in mind. The thought of trying new things always crossed my mind. But I never really got down to testing what I was doing.
In December 2018 I came across an advertisement for an obstacle race. And without really thinking much about it I signed up for the competitive one. I finally had something to work towards, I was finally being put to test.
My training changed completely- I started concentrating on movements that were demanded by the obstacle course. So, I started doing more pull-ups, muscle ups (still trying to get better at them) and rope climbs.
I had to increase the intensity and difficulty levels of these exercises. Even though I had been doing them for a long time, I knew I had to better. I watched videos of the obstacles online to see how to train, and gave it my best shot.
Facing The Challenge
On the day of the obstacle race, I didn’t allow fear to get the better of me. So, I kept my mind calm, practised stretches, and just concentrated on having fun with the rest of the participants. Because I knew that once you start thinking about what lies ahead, you’ll end up making yourself nervous.
I was nervous as I started the race. As I looked around, I saw people stumbling, getting stuck, and I won’t deny it but I was getting nervous. I cannot describe the feeling after I completed the first obstacle. Surprisingly, I had reached the obstacle. Then, I climbed up 15 feet up in the air and climbed back down without a glitch.
After that, I felt confident, even a little excited as I continued. All the rest of the obstacles were covered in the first attempt. And I even managed to surprise myself by displaying strength and stability when I was quietly doubting myself.
I ended the race happy and confident. It was an eye-opener for me, a much-required test that I feel all of us need every now and then. The race is personal, the test is personal, you don’t need to compare yourself to someone else. It’s a sense of personal achievement, even when you fail. You know you have to give it all you’ve got, and you come out stronger, confident, and most importantly- humble.
Point is, challenge yourself. We tend to forget that, and trust me when I say it makes all the difference. Sign up for that marathon, go check out an art class, meditate, take part in races. Simply put, do whatever it is that you feel you need to do to move out of your comfort zone. It’s the best investment you can make in yourself.