A routine is a nice thing – until it's just the same 5K run, the same 5K run, the same ride, the same way the training box is checked. Time to go all-in.
Establish what you always say "someday". Be mesmerizing not only because of the boastful rights, but because many studies support what you suspected: big goals lead to greater effort and, when you reach them, to a greater sense of complacency.
Also, you can not achieve hairy fitness goals without getting into the best shape of your life.
Accept summits such as Free Solo
. Ask Alex Honnold. His rise to El Capitan in 2017 without ropes – in the recent documentary Free Solo – was basically the ultimate big goal (the penalty for a missing man is death). "I had been thinking for years about releasing El Cap and waiting for it to happen, but then I realized that this would never happen if I did not do the work."
Honnold made an in-focus out of a nebulous desire – and then set to work. Now it is your turn.
If there are a few thousand feet between you and the ground – or if you have big goals at other times – you need to have muscle power and a way to handle fear. Alex Honnold, 33, one of the greatest climbers of all time, reveals what matters.
Finding out what you are really afraid of
"Most people are not afraid of heights. They are afraid to fall and die. I am afraid to fall and die. that's completely natural and normal, "says Honnold. If you think you're afraid of heights, call it fear of falling and decide why you think you might fall.
"If you do not trust your equipment, work on it." If you do not trust the person you're securing, you'll find a way to build that relationship. But if you identify your anxiety as specific – and solvable – it is much easier to overcome doubt.
The goal of joy, not euphoria
When Honnold reached the top of El Cap, he was surprisingly subdued. An essential part of the experiment was to slowly work through the challenges of the wall until it felt light. So it was no big surprise when he made it. "I compare it to a slot machine: If you have a one-million chance, you know it's so unlikely to work, so it's crazy to win. But if you have a 99 percent chance of winning, it feels good, but not like a crazy, crazy celebration.
Climbing with or without rope is dangerous. Work with the odds in your favor, even if, after that fact, you do not feel like you're just shooting the moon.
Feeling Awful Is Normal
"Recently someone told me about running: & # 39; Never feels lighter – you just go faster. "Many sports always feel terrible. Climbing is always like this. You always feel weak and as if you suck, but you can always do harder things.
Climbing is not all about strength. you also have to be aerobic. In Free Solo, you can hear Honnold's breathing speeding as he works along the wall. Frequent climbing is important, but Honnold says he could not get fit by climbing alone. So he walked up and down for hours. Choose high-altitude routes to train your heart, quads, and glutes.