Pumping IronLast night, after kids went to bed, I turned on the TV and started browsing through Netflix. A documentary caught my attention about Arnold Schwarzengger called Pumping Iron. The documentary basically follows Arnold  as he compete and win his 6th Mr Olympia title.

Champions and highly successful people in general have very distinct personality. The way they train, compete, study their competition, and analyze everything down to the smallest detail.

One thing he said during one of his weight lifting sessions was this:

The last three or four reps is what makes the muscle grow. This area of pain divides the champion from someone else who is not a champion. That’s what most people lack, having the guts to go on and just say they’ll go through the pain no matter what happens.

Last week, I have struggled through some of my workouts. We all have those bad days and usually there is a reason for them. With the nice weather we’ve been having, kids activities, and some house projects I have been busy with. My active recoveries are turning into more active than recovery.

However, some days I’m just not mentally ready to go through the pain and that little voice in my head wins. That little quote form last night stuck in my head during this morning swim and used it.

My swimming hasn’t been where it used before Challenge AC.  This morning masters session started with an all out 5x100s. Coach said, the first one will be your fastest and you are most likely  to slow down but try to match the effort of the first 100.

First 100 felt good and made it in 1:11. The other four were painful but that quote kept replaying in my head. This is how the rest of those looked like:

1st 100: 1:11
2nd 100: 1:11
3rd 100: 1:10
4th 100: 1:09
5th 100: 1:12