It's 3am. The alarm sounds. You reach your arm out of your warm sleeping bag and feel the chill of the mountain air on your fingers, even through the tent walls. You silence your alarm and just lay there for a moment. Then you hear a sound that cuts through the silence of the thin air, a sound that even thinking of it makes your heart jump. It's the sound of a distant bugle! You sit up with a sudden surge of energy, especially for 3am! You get dressed, get your gear, and you are OFF toward the sound of that bugle! You encounter obstacles along the way, your legs feel heavy after a few hours, your feet cry out for releif, your shoulders are tired, your hands are cold, and when the bugles go silent, you begin to second guess yourself. You may even consider turning back. But, THE BUGLE RETURNS, and your are OFF once again. Unstoppable. You feel like you could go forever until you reach your goal!
Not many people have the appreciation or know what it feels like to push yourself beyond your limits quite like hunters do. We are exposed to some of the worst weather conditions, exhausting terrain and mental anguish, and yet we continue on!
That is why we make strong athletes! To gain strength and endurance, we must push ourselves beyond that point where our bodies say "I feel like I want to stop." That is where our mind kicks in and tells our body "SHUT UP! I haven't reached my goal yet, and you aren't going to stop me!"
In training and competing in Ironman, I have learned first hand that mind really is over matter. You can literally "think" yourself out of physical exhaustion. The power of our thoughts and attitudes directly affects our physical abilities or limitations.
For example: I know a lot of hunters who will wake up at 3am and hunt HARD all day until dark and be happy about it and then wake up the next day and excitedly do it all again. Yet, that same hunter, if I asked him to wake up at 3am and meet me at the gym even for a 1 hour workout would probably roll his eyes,and give excuses and complain about how early it is blah blah blah... SO if you are struggling with getting motivated to get to work on your fitness goals, it's time for an attitude adjustment. It's time to find your inner "Bugle" (sounds way cheesy I know) Something that keeps driving you forward. You already know it is in you, you have proved it in the field! Find a race to sign up for or a physically demanding hunt to work towards to fuel that desire to continue to improve your fitness. Don't let your mind stop you!
As long as you can hear the bugle, you know, nothing can stop you!