When a Goliaz challenge ends, we are overwhelmed by lots of different feelings at the same time: the relief to have some calm days after an insane month of hard and dedicated training. The sadness because this insane month is over, far too soon – again. The emptiness that follows the relief, because nothing is so much fun than being challenged and surprised with new workouts every day and going beyond within a community of athletes, paying all the efforts also with blood, sweat and tears. The pride!!! There is so much pride that fills our heart. We made it through, we faced every challenge, we did things we never thought to be capable of, no matter if this were 500 Burpees in one session or crazy running intervals which brought us to our bounds. But then the challenge is over and we are confronted with a sudden surplus of free time, which we have to fill by ourselves…
Every small legend has a kernel of truth
So, before we sit back and relax now, a bit too much perhaps, and risk to slowly lose our new gained fitness level, let me tell you a small legend, which I personally like very much. It is the legend of Milon of Kroton, the greatest athlete of the ancient world, the most successful Olympic athlete of all time. Thirty years he was undefeated in Olympic wrestling and won five times in Olympia. A talent, simply as to the manner born? No. Hard work – and a training plan. This is the story:
Milon of Kroton actually was a very weak boy, small and lank. His appearance made him to the perfect victim, easy to defeat. He was beaten up quite often by the stronger kids. One day he was sick and tired of his misery and decided to change. He took a newborn calf and began to carry it round his parental farm several times a day. The calf grew… and grew… and after one year, Milon didn’t carry a calf anymore – he carried a grown-up cow round the farm. And: He was strong enough to beat up the other kids. He was never again the boy with his face in the dust.
So, why exactly do I share this with you? Because this legend is much more than a nice story. It teaches us two things:
- If we want to get stronger, better, faster, we need to set new stimuli. Training on the same level means nothing more than an adaptation to what we already can achieve. It becomes easy, it becomes a routine – but the truth is: If we want to get better, we have to suffer a bit. What Milon did, was intuitively following the principle of progressive overload. To force the body to adapt, to progress, we have to increase the training intensity, even if that means we have to face our fears, fight against all doubts and wake up with aching and tired muscles over and over again. No time for comfort zone anymore.
- If you have a goal, go for it! Nothing is impossible – it’s just our inner voice which holds us back to be the person we want to be. Let nobody tell us what we can achieve or not, because we are the one who decide. Let’s focus on our goal, develop a plan and begin our journey. The only thing we have to do is to make the first step – and then place one foot in front of the other.
And that’s exactly what Goliaz Challenges are aiming for: They challenge us to go beyond and to leave our comfort zone, every day. Might be that we were terrified the first time we felt ourself facing a massive workout from which we thought we were impossible to overcome. But after a while we began to trust in our abilities and what once seemed to be impossible now just seems to be another step on our journey. We finished the challenge – perhaps the first one – and by now we know that every workout, no matter how hard it is, will bring us further – and when we started carrying a calf, there will come the day where we won’t be scared to carry a grown-up cow…
Our body became stronger, so did our mind. What are we going to do now? Back to comfort zone and stay on the same level? Or do we decide to move forward and stretch our limits? My advice: Never be the one with the face in the dust again. It’s up to you… Let’s take Milons example and rely on his training principles and those of Goliaz. We can go on and use this month without a challenge to challenge ourselves. Let’s risk something. Let us do something in our training that we never did before – it’s a mental game, we know that by now. We never reached the end of progress, there’s always room for improvement. And the next challenge will bring us even further. Will we see us again? The journey has just begun…!