Getting ready for 16km on water
Back in Spain on camp and its going great, Training hard and after a few days of rain the sun has came out. So training in summer kit in November when lots of my good friends are competing in winter sport feels great. I was looking at photos of Bobsleigh guys in the snow training as am here in shorts. I love it when the winter sports season kicks off and following all the GB teams and my friends competing around the world. I wish them all the best of luck this season.
I have been doing a fair bit of thinking recently during travel and recovery in the hotel here in Spain and had some good chats and read some great stuff. I hope it helps......
When things go wrong in our life and we encounter difficult situations we tend to regard the situation itself as the problem, but in reality whatever problems we experience come from the side of the mind. If we were to respond to difficult situations with a positive or peaceful mind they would not be problems for us; indeed we may even come to regard them as challenges or opportunities for growth and development. Problems arise only if we respond to difficulties with a negative state of mind. Therefore, if we want to be free from problems we must learn to control our mind.
This quote got me thinking lots recently and it is certainly how I approached rehab after surgery, When your diagnosed with something that is life changing it is hard to see how this could be seen in a positive sense, and to approach it as a challenge.
Dan Humphries a good friend of mine told me one night on email when I was in hospital that we are all delt cards in life and there is not much we can do to change it when we receive this life changing news. I remember him saying, "mate just get on with it and fight through this"
This is why I believe it is so important to try your hardest to see it as a challenge and to re-set your mind so it is ready to cope with what is about to happen.
I remember the day I lay in my hospital bed waiting to go for my first surgery and thinking, no matter what happens on the other side I will find something I can do. I had a very peaceful and positive mind through this whole journey, even when I got really upset and scared, I would try and re-centre myself and see it as a challenge. There is no doubt you have to let the emotions out, but as soon as you have, it is so important to find that peaceful and calm mindset. The body will recover better and work so much more efficient when the mind and body are working in harmony.
Athletes call this the ZONE or the FLOW; it is moments in sport where movements are automatic and in an unconscious state of mind. Your mind and body are in a state of stillness. It is the quiet stillness that frees your mind to focus on the body, the moment, the movement. This allows your body to respond without any direction from the mind because both the mind and body are already in the moment of Flow, without direction, without effort. There is a feeling of overwhelming energy that is now at your disposal, like you have tapped into infinite possibility. It feels like you could go on forever.
By practising mind training you are quietly getting in tune with your body and it will respond to the moment. World class athletes demonstrate this where their bodies seam to do things most people can only dream about. But anyone can do the mind training and find their own flow or zone in whatever walk of life there in. imaging using this mind set in recovery from surgery and during rehab. I did and I can say 100% it got me back competing at high level sport. During rehab and surgery I did so much mind training, and to be honest am now in a better place mentally than I have ever been in my life. Even with what could be seen as a negative thing of having a tumour, I found the positives of my situation and it has made my life fuller and more rewarding now than ever.
By tuning into your mind and working on your body and mind working as one you are manifesting strength, stillness, speed, relaxation, power, synergy all at once and that is FLOW or the ZONE.
Setting off for 16km in 2- Cant believe its November 2011 - November 2010 was such a different story!