“How are you feeling Moritz?”
Okay. No going back now! It’s official! I have to put my money where my mouth is and start the grit and hard work! Day 1 of Training…
As Kris Gethin once said, “Knowledge without Mileage is cow poo”– well not exactly, but I am trying to keep my Blog as user friendly and word appropriate! I need to get my head down and start organising myself and my training regime. Which I suppose needs to be ASAP considering I haven’t even got myself a bike yet! Anyway, come back to that later.
My training over the past week has been the first little taster week of training! I have completed two 10k runs with the in-laws and two spinning sessions in the local leisure centre. As well as swim training for the RNLI once a week on top of my gym sessions. Just small and simple sessions to try out the lungs and see how and if they are still working after rugby season! My brother in-law Billy said earlier, “with all your publicity you better win it at this rate!!!” which made me laugh and think, yeah I suppose I have made a big deal out of this registration considering I have only signed up for it! It’s not like I have finished it in sub 9 hours or anything like that-nor am I actually going to even think about attempting an incredible time like that. I will literally just be happy if I finish it…. or maybe go for a sub 12 hour time..haha.. anyway that’s way too far in the distance to think of for now.. (literally!).
With the in-laws before and after our 10k!
This mornings Swimming Session:
This morning I went swimming training with the RNLI Lifeguards. It is every Thursday morning and sometimes Tuesday too! The session replicates some of the Lifeguard skills within the pool as well as sprint training.
400m warm up,
8x50m on 1min clock,
8x25m dolphin dives (simulated diving under waves during a rescue) followed by a 25m freestyle
2x200m on 2min50secs
2x 25m underwater followed by 25m under water followed by 25m freestyle
The publicity, shares, likes, followers- it’s great, but that’s not why I am doing this.
I want to prove how being “aesthetically pleasing” is not what everyone should be aspiring towards. In a world where the body is used as a symbol of power,time, effort, responsibility, social status and aesthetics, I want to remind people that being able to use and physically perform with your body should be the main priority, more than the look.
Yes, don’t get me wrong, I love transformations, abs, muscles, bulk, power, strength and looks just as much as the next fitness inspo guy! But can you use it? Can you still perform daily tasks comfortably and efficiently? Yes, you can fit into that size 4 pair of jeans that you have been saving for, or can finally get into an XL shirt that you have been desperate to fill for ages- but are you able to complete your daily 10, 000 steps? Are you still able to run for the bus without getting out of breath or feeling light headed? These are the things you need to ask yourself. Health is more important and should be prioritised over looks.
“Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth” -Marcus Aurelius
Social Media puts so much pressure on individuals who are easily influenced by the latest fashion trends, body images and the assumed social and societal expectations. There is more to life that just being big, or being ripped or having a tiny waist and a thigh gap. With the correct training, lifestyle, sleep and mindset, individuals can have both the aesthetic body as well as the body that is able to perform daily tasks and exercises in comfort.
What I’m trying to say is that we, as a social media orientated society, need to be body confident and proud of what our bodies can do- both physically, mentally and aesthetically! Social Media itself is just a false image of ourselves of what we think our followers and society would want to see, and more important what they would like, both on the app and in person! Social Media and the fear of being judged and criticised should never be the barrier that stops your participation and involvement in sport, society or the freedom to be yourself. Who cares what people think or what they say? If it is making you happy or making you smile, then why should social media stop you from expressing yourself and getting active!
I think if anything, Social Media acts as a binding contract. For example, I have publicly announced “IronMoz”, my reasons for getting involved, my motivations and my ethos surrounding the Ironman, now there is no going back! I have to stay committed and be the example that I want my clients to aim towards and hopefully inspire them. I have to put my money where my mouth is, I cannot afford to let this beat me. I have to do it. Regardless of time, I have to do this and to prove that any body shape and size has the ability to perform and achieve your own personal goals when you put your mind to it.