Words of encouragement from Madmule Phil.
"Each year, as mornings and evenings get colder, darker and wetter, I always waiver on cycling commutes. One way or another I talk myself into the decision to drive instead, convinced it's a better idea."
Is this you?
"It's NEVER a better idea and I always end up sitting at my desk looking at the blue sky and changing leaves wishing I'd ridden in. I usually have to do this at least 2 or 3 times before I fully commit to the winter commute. I always love it in the end."
PURPOSE CAN HAVE A FUNNY WAY OF HIDING UNTIL THE END
The Tuesday circuit session finished at 8:09pm
I know this to be exact because the sky was dark and it prompted me to look at the watch.
"8:09pm!". 6 minutes before the session finishes and it is dark..
It can mean only one thing.
Madmule Fitness training comes into its own. It won't be long until we are starting the session in the darkness. There's a value to getting out amongst the elements and not seeing 100% what's under foot.
Distances become harder to judge. The ground becomes unpredictable when landing a jump. The nervousness I've witnessed in people putting their hands into the ground still amuses me. I understand it, though it does humour me.
Watching people training outdoors demonstrates clearly how desensitised we humans are in danger of becoming. Moving preciously, with caution, carefully, in a way that suggests one is holding a china teapot full of tea.
Training with less light sharpens the senses, the mindset and with the colder months connects us all to a healthy stimulus that the central heating in the office and manicured air conditioning of a gym space will never embrace.
Get my butt outside. YES!!!
Find a training group that throws caution to the elements and purposely welcomes the change of season
Shut the door, pull the blinds at 7pm and hibernate. Condition your body to
a deconditioned status. Allow the elements and daylight to dictate the mood swings and level of stiffness in the back. Keep dreaming of how you imagine it to be....
Unless.... you get out and expose the body to the elements, plenty of movement and experience the colder nights.
To give it a go.
That certainly resonates with some of the mad mule spirit and philosophy.
Then after the decision to give it a go, an effort to prepare and plan for it to add depth to the experience.
Already there are 8 Madmules that I know of who have signed up for the Endurancelife Coastal Trail Series event in Dorset this December. All mixed into 10km, 16 miles, marathon, ultra (39 miles) and ultra plus (45 miles). That's Bec, Doug, Jayne, Martin, Teresa, Neil, Neil M and myself. A few more to confirm in the coming weeks.
With 12 weeks to prepare, everyone has the opportunity to prepare very well. Profiles of courses, including ascent/ descent are at our fingertips. Conditions underfoot will be of no surprise as the event is local and there's ample time to get out and experience the trails.
Strength, agility, endurance, speed and personal health will all be improved with a balanced approach. With magnificent views, the day of the race can be remembered with clarity when the training programme is spread to cope with all the elements that are forecast.
Madmule has an ambition to get out and experience the elements, the terrain, the atmosphere, the social, the physical and the difficult.
It's the difficult that is left open to question. With the right training approach, what is thought as a difficult challenge ahead can become a pleasurable experience when the training is performed at a difficult level.
I will take my ambition and choose difficult challenges.
I will train for it. I will train for it. It is training that will present it's difficulties.
Then the day arrives and as if by magic, it wasn't as difficult as I thought.
Come and join us at the CTS. A very well organised event by Endurancelife and an amazing location to take on an adventure. Here's the Madmule Fitness Facebook link.