When it starts to hurt, do this…

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Was just listening to a book called Linchpins and author Seth Godin talked about the importance of appropriately dealing with fatigue…

No matter who you are, we all are going to get worn out through the race of life at one point or another, but those who are able to best endure the inevitable fatigue that sets in will ultimately prevail to live the most efficient and effective lives…

Whether it was the grind of a 162-game baseball season, an Ironman Triathlon, the Western States 100, The Let Them Play Triathlon Across America or the 24 Hour Speed Golf World Record, fatigue played a major role in the overall success, or lack thereof in each event…  

What I learned is that it’s not whether or not we get fatigued, it’s how we are able to respond… In baseball, we call it the dog days of August but realistically each of these events had their own dog days that I had to deal with head on…

There were times when I became so overwhelmed by the physical and mental fatigue that I literally had to crawl to the finish, completely beaten down on all fronts… 

Then there were times I would recognize the fatigue but continue to charge forward with the simple understanding that it would be painful but I was going to embrace it. 

The ironic thing is that whenever I took the “embrace it” approach, the pain would miraculously go away and I would always find a second wind that would have me FLYING till the end.

When I first got into triathlon, I did a camp with world class professional triathlete Linsey Corbin… A few months later, I was about to toe the line of my first Ironman and received a text from Linsey the night before: 

“When it starts to hurt, pick up the pace!!!” 

I originally thought it was a sick joke but ironically, whenever I have been able to apply it, the Linsey Corbin mantra has served as the ultimate fatigue buster through many of my ultra endurance endeavors… 

Bottom line is that fatigue comes for all of us, yet the ones who figure out how to embrace it and then pick up the pace are the ones who ultimately win the race…

-EB

 

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