During the whole "trainingcamp" I never felt this typical muscular soreness like I usually do when I'm riding my bike a whole week in Lanzarote or so and I'm quite surprised by this, as my running load has been really high for the last two weeks and usually this takes its toll as it's much more tiring for the body than cycling.
One day though I was not motivated as usual, my heartrate was high and my legs weren't able to push more watts on the bike. My mind completely shut down and I felt terrible.
So can pain be more intense when we are not ready to handle it mentally?
Or let's go one step further. Is pain just created in our minds?
And are athletes which can go beyond their limits and handle this pain, more successful?
We all know there are various studies about it and there are a hundred answers to my questions above.
But for me I can say, that my mind is able to accept the pain and handle it somehow, it can ignore it when needed (I did my first marathon with a torn muscle fibre in my thigh - don't copy that behaviour, it's rather stupid!) and it can also make it even worse than it really is (when I don't feel like training and search for excuses). And here it all comes together, once again. It's mental strength which makes you survive an ironman or whatever crazy goal you have.
Mental toughness is great but on the other hand it can also make you losing yourself. Sometimes pain must be felt, sometimes we need to let go, give our body the rest he craves for. Sometimes even our mind needs a break of all the training to realise there's also a life besides working out and working torwards that goal.
Be toughminded but tenderhearted - a combination which is unbeatable and makes you a great human being if you allow yourself to open up and accept both sides.
Work towards that. It'll make you a happier person.