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Ramblings and observations from the past 24 months…
I wrote an article back at the end of 2015 on what the year taught me – or to be more precise, what the year forcefully made me learn by way of kicking my ass relentlessly. It got a lot of positive feedback as it was very much written from the heart and I think it resonated with a lot of people. I like to tie-in the end of the year with a bit of goal setting – on which I will have a (useful) article to follow in the next couple of days, and also take stock and look back at past goals. This blog post kind of ties in with that – I may go a little off track and a lot of it isn’t gym related but its just something I feel like doing. For what ever reason I didn’t write a ‘What 2016 taught me’ as that year was a bit kinder to me. Nevertheless I did make notes, which I just found and can recall some of the more subtle lessons received that year, along with some from the past 12 months. They will be presented in absolutely no order whatsoever… Business In terms of business, 2016 was probably marginally more successful than 2017 – which is the first year that this has happened. One contributing factor I noticed was that not many people went away in 2016, more folks seemed to take holidays this year. This was very noticeable early Summer this year when, for whatever reason a substantial amount of members left the gym. At the time it was a significant blow financially and also my own confidence in running the gym took a hit – I genuinely felt this was the moment I was found out and the game was up, back to get a ‘real’ job. One of the frustrations with this dip was that it seemed to be from various reasons I would not have been able to fix even if I knew in advance (such as people moving away – victims of the rising rental prices and cost of living in Dublin). Being self employed means giving up an element of control and letting things be – which is extremely challenging for me but every time I come through these episodes, I realize how truly important and how much of a necessity it is to be able to do this in order to keep my own sanity. Thankfully the year ended strong and January 2018 is looking like it will be the busiest month membership-wise, the gym has ever seen. So from this I learnt to let go, or at least try to. In some way, believe that the Universe will provide – I don’t buy into ‘The Secret’ but sometimes shit happens and the more you try to fight it, the more you will get caught up in the panic. Focus on the things that are going well (more on this later). Think of a time when something really bad happened you – if you can do that, then obviously you got through it. As difficult as it can be, these trials and tribulations can help build our resiliency and we are always more resilient than we think we are. Marathons Rowing a marathon on the erg is not much fun – boredom aside, even though it was to raise funds for the Hospice in Harold’s Cross, the literal pain in my backside was almost a deal breaker. Competitveness Everyone is competitive – especially when it involves a scenario where they have a chance of ‘winning’. Girls are as competitive as guys but they need to have the odds more in their favour before accepting a challenge. They are also more subdued in displays of competitiveness but the subtle tells are there – notably when the ‘alpha’ females aren’t in class, the other girls numbers will generally increase. They will stab each other in the back, whereas guys will stab each other in the face. Yoga Within the past 24 months I attended Yoga classes – when I hurt my knee and couldn’t train BJJ. I enjoyed it and felt the benefit but I was still unable to focus on my breathing and I found it difficult to slow down. Conscious incompetence. A lot of my training is sympathetic (high intensity) and I need to add more parasympathetic protocols (lower intensity) to my regime. But as with a lot of people that are of a similar disposition, I got bored. When I missed a couple of weeks I got out of the habit entirely – again, underlining the importance of structure and how easy it can be to fall out of the habit of doing something, even when you know how beneficial it can be. Gym heroes Even though I don’t attach myself to competition results, I felt an overwhelming feeling of pride when Sarah and Jason did so well competing this year. It was great to see Jen try her first powerlifting competition too. Age really is a state of mind The past couple of years has been the first time in which either my age has been brought up by someone else or myself in terms of my own sport. Also I am beginning to see that I am generally older than most people I coach and train with (I was always younger). It makes me laugh when I hear someone come into the gym and tell me how they are ‘getting too old’ to be doing this or that and it turns out they are 5 years younger than me. On the other hand I have a group that I train who are in their 60s and they bring more effort and energy to the session than people I see that are half their age. Hiding behind age as an excuse not to try something or make an effort is, for want of a better word, lazy. Doctors Private doctors / surgeons are more eager to open someone …