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    When the way home is a map of….LONDON??


    Happy Sunday Team.  Happy Sunday 2021!

    I know there has ‘already’ been a 2021 blog where I talked about some of the upcoming events in 2021 (and of course our programming notes for the start of 2021 – you can read all that stuff but this kind of ‘feels’ like the first blog of the New Year.

    Our working days have ‘kinda’ been back to normal for a week or so now (we have still be closing at 7pm but all other sessions have been running) but those half-days between Christmas and NY together with the early finishes last week really have felt like a ‘break’.  Sure – I’ve still been in the gym 7-days, but there is a BIG difference between a 4am alarm and a 6am alarm, that is for sure.  And there has certainly been a lot of time for thought and reflection.  Which apparently is GOOD?  Sometimes I wonder!

    Anyway, I’ve been back reading a little more ‘seriously’ over what passed as the break and some of what I have been doing is to catch up on some old blog posts by Seth Godin.  He published one – he credits the story itself to Steven Pressfield HERE – on his blog from April 19th 2019: and I wanted to share the story with you today:

    A Gurkha rifleman escaped from a Japanese prison in south Burma and walked six hundred miles alone through the jungles to freedom. The journey took him five months, but he never asked the way and he never lost the way. For one thing he could not speak Burmese and for another he regarded all Burmese as traitors. He used a map and when he reached India he showed it to the Intelligence officers, who wanted to know all about his odyssey. Marked in pencil were all the turns he had taken, all the roads and trail forks he has passed, all the rivers he had crossed. It had served him well, that map. The Intelligence officers did not find it so useful. It was a street map of London.

    This is just so great.  So.  Great.  And it has so much application to us trying to do just a little bit better with our health and fitness goals.

    He didn’t have a great plan – clearly.  You could even say the plan he had was bad…or worse than bad!  But what he did have was belief that he could achieve his goal AND persistence in getting after it.  We all – me included – can get a little self-righteous about the nature of the training people are doing at times, suggesting a change here or a tweak (and sometimes a total chuck it out and start again type revision!)…but for most people (we aren’t going to the Olympic games folks!) ultimately what matters most is to simply just keep showing up and pushing ahead – HARD.  And of course, making a turn downstream if you come to a river!

    For most of us, there is simply no ‘perfect’ plan.  Like our Gurkha rifleman, what works is a habit that involves turning up every day and pushing ahead with persistence.  Unlike the rifleman who had to drive himself onwards solo for 5-months, in our world our habits are often (usually???) driven by a supportive partner or gym buddy ‘cos almost NONE of us are strong enough to keep getting up out of bed/off the couch ‘just because’ forever! – and (of course) a food menu/shopping list that keeps our eating on the straight and narrow.

    I’ve been thinking about this story (a lot) and what I have come to realise about myself is that it is you guys at the gym who get me to train.  100%.  I know this because I do a helluva lot more now that I used to when I had a normal life…and whilst my normal life also involved some pretty long hours, there weren’t too many days when I started at 4:40am and finished at 9pm…there were some, but not many.  It’s a pretty regular thing nowadays and has been for > 10 years.  Somehow now when I am ‘tired’ I still train.  When my ‘back hurts’ I still train.  I am less apt to fall back on excuses these days because, well…there are a whole heap of people who are in the gym on a daily basis who are lighting the way for me to follow.

    Round 1 is a place to train – we offer a location, equipment, experience and coaching.  But more than that we offer community.  Basically the community shows up to my house and it gets me to train! It isn’t my free will that is getting me to do my conditioning – I know that for sure.  I have done a 5km ski effort each of the last 3x weeks because I know a couple of the guys in Funky are keen…and I want to know what it is like.  I am not really all that keen on doing it again but if I see another time go up on the wall this week, well, I’m going to do it again to ‘be part of it!’.

    If you want to strengthen your habits and resolve in 2021, well, start off by revising your morning and evening rituals (gym not sleep in, stretch not couch, green tea not chocolate, bedtime not Netflix) —your most important habits—and then invite EVERYONE to lend you a hand.

    See you in the gym,




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