Hard Winter Training

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Was in NYC a few weeks ago when it was cold as balls outside with a wind chill that was damn near unbearable… 

As I was sitting in my warm condo enjoying a large Teddy Roosevelt mug of bulletproof coffee, I looked down to the few people that were walking the High Line and noticed there wasn’t a person that didn’t have gloves on or their face covered.

My first natural thought was how grateful I was to be inside not having to endure the harsh winter elements… As I proceeded to engage in my morning Foot Reflexology, Daily Calm, Daily Devotional and Daily Stoic routine, I came across this GEM from Epictetus:

“But neither a bull nor a noble-spirited man comes to be what he is all at once… He must undertake hard winter training, and prepare himself.”

F*CK…

Figuring I was just a few months out from my first Ultra Man experience (6.2 mile swim, 270 mile bike, 52.4 mile run), I knew exactly what our dude Epictetus was telling me… 

“Get your ass out of house & into the ELEMENTS you whiny little wussie!!!! You think Rocky would have ever taken down Drago without the FULL SEND Russian snow training sessions???? EMBRACE THE SUCK & LETS F*CKING GO!!!” 

Nothing like a few words of encouragement from a dude that’s been dead for 2000 years, but gosh damn Epictetus lit a fire under my ass.

I immediately tossed on my run gear, went outside and ENDURED the ICY conditions for a 10 mile banger… Sure the weather was not ideal and the cold created an entirely new dynamic to the run, but the beautiful thing is that it’s during these times when we realize what we are actually capable of accomplishing. Ultimately, breaking through self imposed limitations is what allows us to build a mental fortitude that gives us the ability to deal with some of the harshest conditions imaginable. 

Each year while playing professional baseball, the weekend before we left for Spring Training, the crew I worked out with would head up to Tahoe and snow shoe the highest peak at Squaw Valley…

How exactly did this help prepare us for a major league season??? 

Sure you could make a case for the climb building aerobic capacity and leg strength, but the bottom line was that the mental strength that it took to climb that mountain far outweighed and outlasted any physical benefit…

So, as we approach the new year with aspirations of 2020 greatness, let’s make sure to prepare ourselves by undertaking some hard winter training.

-EB