All the time on my blog I talk about pushing your limits. Work harder, get stronger, and reach a little further each time. I still stand behind this 100%; however, sometimes you have to know your limits as well. If you push too hard you will break. It is like a rubber band. Every time you stretch it to its limit, it can go a little further the next time. If you pull it too far at once though, it is bound to snap.
I have been learning this lesson in the past week. When it came to swimming for my triathlon, I have been way behind in my training due to the pool being close for three weeks. So I decided that I would make it all up last week and this week. I would do two a days and be fine in two weeks. In my head I had it all planned out. That is where my body disagreed with me.
After the first few day my body was in pain. It wasn’t just the normal soreness associated with working out. My shoulder, which are already bad to begin with, were given out. As much as I didn’t want to admit it, I could not accomplish my goal. I still have a week before my triathlon and I will continue to work towards my goal but it looks like I will have to switch to the sprint triathlon which has a shorter swim that I can manage.
When I first realized this, I felt like a failure. However, now I realize that I am just understanding what my limits are. Don’t get me wrong I am still pushing myself and have double my comfortable swimming distance in the past week but sometimes you just cannot do something. I know everyone likes to say “never say never” and “you can do anything you put your mind too” but sometimes you can’t. You can only push your limits so far at one time. Yes if you have the right amount of time, a good plan of preparation, and a burning desire; you can do anything you put your mind to. However no matter how determined you are I doubt you will be able to run a marathon after 2 weeks of training.
This is why it is important to push your limits every day. Whether it is running a little harder each day, or maybe putting yourself into an uncomfortable situation each day; push yourself. Not only will this allow you to expand your limits but it will help you figure out what your limits are. Once you know what they are you will be better able to reach your goals. Now I know how much training I am going to need for my next triathlon. I will know to start swimming a little sooner and work a little harder in the beginning. If you push yourself and find your limits, you will too. So go out and stretch that rubber band but make sure not to break it.