I have been reading the book "Endure" by Alex Hutchinson over the past few weeks, and today was the day I put into practice what I learned. I challenged myself to hike Dog Mountain before work today, and I knew it would be tight. I'd have to keep moving up the 3000ft elevation gain over 3.8 miles up the side of that mountain. One of the big take home lessons that I gained was "actual" vs "perceived" exertion. This chart really stuck with me. The decision to stop. The decision. To stop. So all morning I practiced deciding to continue and push myself. It felt kind of magical. There were moments of "what the heck?", but there were more moments of, "Look at me go!" I must've asked myself about 50 times if I was actually needing to slow down or if I was deciding to slow down.
One of the final, glorious pushes to the top!