I don’t know if you’ve read the novel Shantam?
It’s a gigantic novel to be honest. Far, far bigger than any of the longest books I’ve put out ; either fitness wise or otherwise!
And a great read.
From a man who likes to keep it real.
A man who goes by the name “Gregory David Roberts”, and a man who went by his adopted name of “Shantaram” during his (mis) adventures in India.
A twist of fate, a forged passport, and being on the lam from the Aussie cops at the time. All led up to him showing up in India no less.
A country he fell in love with at first sight, and it shows in his book!
Anyway, I could wax lyrical about him but I won’t. Or the book for that matter which you really DO need to read if you’re into “keeping it real” style fiction.
There is a section in the book where he details how he is wrongly imprisoned in India for NOTHING he did wrong. No good reason, or any at all.
And the torture he endured at the hands of the Indian jailers is depicted in gory detail as well in the book.
In his own words later, “When the blood was pouring out of my nose, my chin, my entire body was racked with pain I had this one thought – – how can I make MONEY off this experience later?”
Might sound astounding, but great minds think alike my friend, and I can understand what and why he said that and felt the way he did!
And during a pitched battle with a fellow inmate, he once had this to say “in the book”.
Rule #1 of street fighting.
Always have something left in the tank!
And from a man whose seen more real life violence than most of us have (until now at least) that is sage advice indeed.
As my daughter did bear crawls (and a host of other exercises and workouts I really HAVE to put into Animal Kingdom Workouts – Advanced, or perhaps an advanced version of the immensely popular Kiddie Fitness), she had this to say.
(while Daddy was lagging behind, the laggard he is, hehe)
“Dad! Save some energy for the end! Spend less energy now!”
Both the above quotes aren’t verbatim, but the sum and substance is what I mention.
What has this got to do with you, or fitness you ask?
Well, self explanatory my friend.
You always have something left in the tank.
I don’t care if it’s Ali vs Foreman (was it?? Or was it Frazier? Hehe) or Tyson vs foreman (yeah, I think that was it), or if is Michael Phelps at the Beijing Olympics stroking his way to (stop right there! 😉) YET another gold.
Or, me during hill sprints and rope sprints (best alternative if you ain’t got hill around where you’re at).
You start strong, but you finish STRONGEST.
Always save that little extra bit for the end my friend, and as I REALLY, REALLY cranked up the heat on some of them sprints, this came back to me – manifold.
NEVER go all out to the point where you lose the race before you start my friend.
Does this mean you go “slow”?
Not at all.
But it does mean you judge your capacity and capabilities accordingly, and you go from there!
I’ll have more on this later, but for now, this is the best piece of fitness (and indeed life related) advice I an give you.
And I just did. Enjoy!
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