Monday, November 12, 2012

All-out ninja samurai kung fu warrior mentality mode.

I entered into my 2012-2013 off-season training with goals to become stronger and faster, and to develop a sharper focus with my training and riding. In my post-Nationals blog article, I highlighted the mentality of Beatrix Kiddo during her training with Pai Mei (from Kill Bill Vol. 2) as one of my primary sources of inspiration for my off-season training. Jb and I started the off-season Phase 3 plan a few weeks ago, and there have been a number of revelations and breakthroughs along the way.

Calluses and blisters after waxing and lifting
My hands were destroyed after spending the past two days scraping off summer wax and waxing on new layers on multiple boards. In addition to the waxing, today's gym session with Jb involved lots of gripping heavy things that required chalk. But, like with Beatrix training with Pai Mei, sometimes destroyed hands are part of the growth proces.

After watching both volumes of Kill Bill while waxing boards today, I was inspired to characterize my current training mentality as the "all-out ninja samurai kung fu warrior mentality mode."

At least, I think those are all of the terms that describe Beatrix's fighting style...

In the movie, after Beatrix starts her training with Pai Mei, she winces during repeated close punches on a thick wood board. Pai Mei catches her wincing and states, "it's the wood that should fear your hand -- not the other way around." This sticks in my mind, because trying new things sometimes is frightening, and pushing our minds and bodies beyond their current levels of understanding can be scary.

Pushing beyond mental and physical limits. (Image from Kill Bill Vol. 2)
However, when you're on a mission, and when you have goals and a strong focus, the uncomfortable moments along the way can't be feared. They must be dominated.

I'm not sure where this quote came from, but it's on my bulletin board at home:

My mission is to ride fast and strong this season. Very fast, and very strong. This all-out ninja samurai kung fu warrior mentality mode is going to guide me there.

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