It’s easy to stay motivated when you can see yourself changing, you can see the results of everyone’s hard work literally materialising in front of your face. Everyday a new movement, a new sensation, a new achievement. But what happens when it’s not so obvious anymore, when the daily improvements turn into weekly and then monthly ones.
I’m not naive enough to think that everything would continue on the same upwards trajectory but nevertheless you hope that maybe somehow it will. Don’t get me wrong this isn’t a winge, the fact that I have been lucky enough to get this far in this time is nigh on a miracle, it’s just that as progress slows and time draws on you have to stay adaptable. The physical requirements remain the same; effort, focus, repetition, but new mental challenges present themselves. Actually I wouldn’t say ‘new’ as such, just altered. Most of it falls on motivation and as progress is slow and I’m living it every day it’s hard for me to notice any tangible improvements. Because of this I’ve resorted to using more empirical data to monitor progress, and it’s working.
In the first few weeks and months when change was quick, we used more of a freestyle, ‘keep slugging away’ technique. Now however, we record most of what I do numerically. Apart from the obvious benefit of me now being able to see my progress again, it has also re-ignited a bit of competition which has been missing since the infamous racing days at Odstock 🏎. Let’s be honest, I could still get beaten up by a toddler, and not even one of those freakishly big toddlers, just a run of the mill average toddler… as a result I’m only competing against myself at the moment, but that’s enough for me… for now. ✌️👶🏼
P.s. Feel free to be amazed by the massive tin im shifting but I just thought that if i make a few of the current weights and times public it puts the pressure on. 💪🏻🐦
Bench Press x 5: 50kg
Shoulder press x 5: 35kg
Plank: F: 51, R: 31, L: 8 secs
Grip R: 28kg, L: 4kg
Chair 2 walk: 9 secs