By Athlete Ambassador, Spring McClurg of Pebbleshoo
What are you training for?
This is an often asked question amongst athletes, amateur or elite. Often due to the goal oriented activities that they pursue, it seems that they are always at some point of the training cycle to prepare for a specific race, climb or trip into the mountains. However, training is about so much more than one specific goal or event, it’s about being prepared for the ultimate goal…LIFE!
It’s not about chasing the perfect body, the perfect race time or being better than someone else. Training for life is about being the best version of yourself to live the life you have always wanted to live. It’s about doing things that are tough, that make you out of breath and really fight for what you want. Never allowing mental or physical abilities to get in the way of life.
I never want to feel like I am missing out on an opportunity to watch a sunset on a mountain top or unable to work through my fear to be able to climb hundreds of feet up a cliff face. For me personally, when the outdoors is your life and all you want to do is spend your time out there…then training is about a commitment to living the healthiest life possible.
Training for life is not always about being the best there is, but it is about being the best version of yourself. It’s about not cheating yourself out of opportunities for growth and experiences that you might otherwise miss had you not put in the effort. Afterall, the very best experiences in life are when you put yourself out of your comfort zone, whether that be emotionally, mentally or physically. When our minds and bodies are stretched passed the limits we set for ourselves, that’s when life opens up to us and we feel like we are truly “living”.
New experiences, opportunities and a full life is out there waiting for each and every one of us, so let’s get out there and starting training hard for this one beautiful life!