In a recent book I read, they stressed the importance of doing things that make you a little nervous or uncomfortable every once in a while. The author went on to talk about how doing things that put you outside of your comfort zone allows you to see the person you really are and will allow you to grow as a human being. That's why I'm putting together a summer challenge for you guys; I want you all to do at least five things that put you outside of you comfort zones.
Your five challenges can be anything that you want them to be, from hiking the Appalachian trail, doing a mud run, riding your bike a certain amount of miles, or setting personal records in the gym. The important thing about these challenges that you choose are that they must be something out of you comfort zone. A good example for one of my personal challenges this summer will be to camp out over night all alone. That makes me a little nervous, but I am going to do it anyway. Another goal of mine will be to drive out to Ohio for a Spartan Beast race; driving seven hours away to do a sixteen mile mountain race makes me a little uncomfortable, but I'm going to do it anyway.
A fellow No Buller I was talking to about this challenge the other day says his main goal that is going to really challenge him is our "No Bull 10 Miler" hike (or run) coming April 15th. He has never hiked ten miles and it makes him nervous, but he wants to see what he's made of. He knows that by setting this goal he is going to train harder than ever, eat cleaner and sleep better to ensure that he is successful. This is exactly why we all need to set specific goals and test ourselves all the time. Always keep your mind and body sharp by doing things you don't normally do...
A few ideas for you all:
Buy a Bike and ride (most people I talk do don't even own a bike)
Hike the Appalachian Trail (it's beautiful)
Run a specific distance that you never ran before (5k, 10k, 15k) See if you can do it without stopping
Get to a body weight that you've never seen (or haven't seen in a while)
Do a Spartan
Go to a park that you've never been to and just go...
Buy a Kettle Bell and go train with it at the park (Yes, outside in front of people to see) Its great motivation!
Ask a teammate to go for a walk, jog, hike with you. Having a buddy with you creates accountability.
Sign up for a Triathlon
These five challenges for the summer are up to you. I'd love to hear what you guys come up with; feel free to share them with the world and make sure you conquer them.
If you stay in your normal routine, it will lead you to a rut...