I remember when I won the World Championships. A week or so later I had time to absorb it and ask myself how did it all happen. When I started training I did not go in with the thought of being World Champion or even fighting in competition but the more consistent you are at something then momentum takes you on a journey. Newton’s law states that ‘momentum is equal to the force acting on the particle’. There are some key words right there which to me are Force – the amount of power, effort and energy, and acting – meaning not pretending but action! Go get your momentum!
“ Some are wider than others but in total I counted 77 of the things. Yes the wonderful steps behind Wycombe Hospital, they for now, are my measuring stick of progress for my recovery phase of the fight.”
I used to eat them up on a regular basis when the motivation was to make sure I was in shape for competition and to mentally condition me. Because no matter how tired you are and how painful it feels at the time it does not touch the pain of losing, especially if you lose to someone you know deep down that you can beat. It’s tougher now than it ever was.
Not because of the obstacle itself that causes the physical fatigue or the loss of fitness due to inactivity but the fact that it is so easy for me to just take it easy (like the losers do) and fall into stinkin’ ways of thinkin’. Yes those thoughts that cause the bad habits to develop and before you know it your whole work ethic that has made you what you are is flipped 180 degrees.
I remember speaking to one of my role models who told me that you can’t live on what you have achieved in the past. It’s all about what you can do now. You can’t stand up and preach to a class of kids about fighting and then let them run rings around you and beat you like a drum. Get stuck in and represent!.
How true is that? To me that is so spot on. I remember one of the first things I thought to myself after my first physio session at the hospital. If I was caught up in some trouble on the street right now all my years of training would not help me. That is a horrible feeling – so I have the personal responsibility of taking my health, fitness and confidence back.
These were some of my thoughts today on my run down Marlow Hill, managed five sets of the steps and to be honest was tempted to go for six but decided to keep some in the tank as I would be running back up Marlow Hill. In retrospect I’m glad I didn’t do the extra one as the cold wind had a party in my throat and lungs making them work overtime. Together with the early aerobic session yesterday I think I’m due a rest tomorrow…