Another great quote from Matt Fitzgerald’s book.
There was a point in the army when I was told that I was guaranteed three things; “it will be cold, it will be dark, and you will be wet!” It was referred to as the trifecta of misery. When the sun had barely set and already that first cold drop of rain rolls down your back and hits your butt crack, you know it’s going to be a long night.
Knowing what was to come allowed me to prepare my mind, imagine the worse possible situation and ultimately accept it. When I found myself experiencing the trifecta of misery I was already ready, I already committed to accepting that as a reality and I continued on. Some other guys didn’t.
You are able to take control of your mind and prepare yourself for difficult or painful situations.
When I work with endurance athletes we usually go over the map data for the course and make a plan based on check points relating to significant changes in terrain or mindset change points (steep grade incline to high speed decline with hard turns). “At checkpoint four you will be at the base of the steep incline, focus on a steady constant tempo, count your cadence to take your mind off the pain. Settle into your cadence and power output, it’s 1.5 miles to the top.”
How do you prepare, do you use bracing and acceptance or do you attempt to ignore and deny the pain to come and allow it to surprise you?