Every morning I kick my own ass and walk out the door for a fast 20 minute walk up the hill to CRC and back. I do it again in the evening, sometimes in total darkness or by the light of the moon.
I just do it.
The best part of the walk is usually at the end when I can say, I did it! But, I also really enjoy the view of Tunstall Bay, the Sunshine Coast, and the mountains from a high vantage point as I move.
Often I have ibuds in my ears, and listen to music, or an audio book when I walk.
Right now I have the book by Chris Hadfield, An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth.Â I love it and him!
Chris Hadfield is one cool dude! He gives all those positive attitude speakers in the world a run for the money. He is a realist that speaks in my language of training. Training to train. Training to be ready forâ€¦whatever may or may not happen. His advice is be ready so that whatever happens we donâ€™t get all freaked out, but are instead ready to deal.
So, this morning Iâ€™m walking my usual route after a bit of self talk to â€œjust do it.â€ And Iâ€™m listening to Chris Hadfield talk about dealing with challenges and set backs and Iâ€™m determined to keep going.
When I stop. In the middle of the road is a big dog barking at me. No owner, no leash, big dog, big bark.
Now, Iâ€™m listening to Chris Hadfield talk about his space training. How because of all his training, his heart rate doesnâ€™t even rise one beat faster when a warning bell is sounded. Because of his training, he knows what steps to take and perseveres.
At first I thought I could deal with the dog. But then – I realized Iâ€™m okay, my heart rate didnâ€™t even rise. I changed my plans. This dog can have the road. I turned around and walked a different route this morning.
After all, Iâ€™m not training for anything in particular these days. I just train to be ready.