"Can you train yourself to run, cycle, swim or do another sport at the edge of your body’s limits, or is that something that a few are born with, part of what makes them elites?" So asks New York Times journalist Gina Kolata.
This topic touches on something of interest to me as a Healthy Survivor, namely, Pushing Past the Pain, as Champions Do.
According to Kolata, "Sports doctors...say that, at the very least, most people could do a lot better if they knew what it took to do their best."
The trick, of course, is finding the sweet spot between (1) pushing enough to win yet (2) not pushing to exhaustion and having to drop out of the race.
I am not like Lance Armstrong. When exercising, I often quit instead of pushing myself.
As a Healthy Survivor in remission, I exercise regularly because I know fitness would help me in the future if I needed more treatment. Just as important, I exercise to strengthen my mental fortitude, knowing I'd need to be mentally strong, too.
Thus, staying fit helps nourish my hope and calm my fear of tomorrow by reassuring me I could deal with whatever I needed to do to get well again.
In my next post, I'll point out two tips for athletes that are useful to Healthy Survivors.