The title of this blog post, "The More You Bleed in Training, The Less You Bleed in War", is meant as a metaphor towards your training and the daily grind of life.
The following post references a lot of Stew Smith's arctice, "Mental Toughness."
Mental toughness has many definitions and is not limited to athletic performance and pain tolerance. Many men and women in our lives can be defined as "mentally tough." From the 85 year old gardener, or the senior manager, who it seemed never had a bad day. Much of mental toughness is simply attitude and self esteem.
Philosophies on mental toughness vary across many spectrums but Stew's way is simply a catalyst he used to graduate SEAL training more than fifteen years ago. He believes in athletics that through tough workouts you will build mental toughness. Your body will start to buffer lactate better IF given the stimulus to do so - meaning we will physically adapt to get in better shape and our muscles will fail later and later and later until you can surpass perceived limitations.
Mental toughness requires tough conditioning, but there is a fine line between pain and injury, of course. You really have to pay attention to your body to know what your pain tolerance is and how you can endure it longer. But once again pain is not injury, knowing how far to push yourself is key.
After a tough workout the next day you will feel like carp and you have to WILL yourself to workout again. That too is mental toughness. Persistence and determination are all factors as well.
I am of the personal belief that through tough physical training, proper mindset, and a high level of maturity that mental toughness is born.
The key is to - ARRIVE READY TO COMPETE, NOT MERELY SURVIVE.
In your journey to find mental toughness remember to train hard, but smart. Rehab is a long and slow process that will delay your efforts significantly.
- Colton Buege