Thinking like a Champion.
The food is in Tupperware, and the clothes for the gym are packed. As the sun sets, the laundry is drying, dinner has been put away, and the body slumps from exhaustion at 8 PM. The sleep at this point in camp is sweaty and inconsistent. No deep slumber here, one eye open and your mind thinks time is matter of perspective, quick to 6 AM, but slow again to 7 AM. Breakfast is coffee, one egg over easy, with a half biscuit, and a sliver of avocado.
The brisk splash into the pool for ten touches end to end to wake the senses. Head back into the room to get ready for practice. From 8AM till we walk through the doors of the gym work is getting started. Pushing through barriers and surviving the shark tank. Coach has everyone wrestling through scenarios at a relentless pace. The practice is a blur of learning and reaction, and at the end you feel utterly depleted, but you still need to get home.
At the house fall into the pool to cool off, then go shower. The body again needs to relax so you lay down before your scheduled sprints later that afternoon. Coach texts you what he wants done, because you are working the program of a madman. He wants ten hill sprints after a twenty minute jog, and after the sprints. At home fall back into the pool for ten minutes of treading water. After the shower make dinner, start and finish laundry, clean the house, and enjoy some light reading before bed.
Take the reigns of yourself and follow the curriculum built by your coaching staff, the discipline and will to adhere to training despite facing adversity from the multitude of training partners and variances in style will help you achieve heights in the field you couldn’t believe. Take the onus of training and put it into the hands of those who care.
However, keep learning. Every session that doesn’t go your way is a learning experience. When it seems like that day is better to rest then get those last reps, decide on a few factors. Can you do it without injury and is this your discipline faltering or your body legitimately telling you to hold some steam off.
Your curriculum should be diverse, focus on tools needed for the playing field/cage, while incorporating discipline to adhere to the curriculum and cues from coaches. Training partners make you the animal you are, but yourself in with those who will absolutely push you to the brink without preventing you from competition. Lastly, mindset, read and meditate frequently and keep a journal or notebook with your goal written into the universe. See that goal every day and believe it is realized.