Not quitting is one of the toughest battles in the war on fitness or in the fitbattle…
It’s so easy to find a reason or 10 to convince yourself that it’s okay to stop and rest or quit (even if it’s just for a minute or two).
I can almost see the miniature evil fat me on my left shoulder whispering lies like “it’s okay to take a rest…do it before your legs give out”. On my right shoulder there’s the miniature cut muscular (fit) me saying “don’t quit now…finish this”.
Oh! Or is that a 6′ 4″ tall, dark, etc. etc., cut muscular (fit) trainer urging me on? Hmm…they do look a little alike. (hee hee). Maybe it’s both. Yes for sure it’s both. I was definitely having a conversation with myself (in my head) and Chris was definitely urging me on.
My rebuttal to the mini-evil-fat me, when I was pondering quitting or not quitting at lunge number 80 of 110 in my first of three sets of the reverse/stationary lunge combo that Chris had me doing, was… “the tennis player that just won the longest tennis match in history today didn’t quit!” (Yes…that was one long sentence.)
For some reason instead of focusing on my lunges I was recalling hearing about the tennis match on the radio. The match took eleven hours and five minutes (three days) to complete. Now that’s endurance!
“A Quitter never wins – and – a Winner never quits.” ~Napoleon Hill
I’m sure there were plenty of moments that both players had to fight the urge to mentally quit the game. I figured if those two players could fight and not quit for eleven plus hours I could finish out the set (and two more).
I’m sure some of you are thinking “110 lunges (only 55 per leg)…I could do that!” How about while holding a 70 lb barbell on your shoulders? That’s what I thought. You’d consider quitting around number 80 of 110 too. Did I mention that I had to do it three times. Yeah…I did.
A few more stats about the tennis match… The final score read 6-4, 3-6, 6-7, 7-6, 70-68. Isner (the winner) shattered a record, hitting a total of 112 aces, while Mahut (his opponent) had 103. Really cool and inspiring stuff!
As far as I’m concerned they are both champions! (But aren’t you wondering if Mahut simply lost or did he quit?)
Until tomorrow! Kathi