Throw your hat over the wall

Here we stand, at the end our first full week back outside and it has been incredible to see everyone smashing out their sessions. Honestly, the way we are vibing and building into the big things ahead is incredible. At this time of year, we usually would be congratulating the people that just completed UTA100, 50km or 22km & SMH Half Marathon last weekend, starting to look at City 2 Surf registrations, (still are) preparing Winter FEAT teams and much more!

These are all in themselves huge achievements that we are moving towards. Over the last couple of years, that is how I have learned to set targets. I throw the big idea out there, thinking there is NO way that we will achieve this or no chance of it coming to fruition, with the full understanding that it is the pursuit of this target that holds all the magic. This idea was coined by JFK as 'Throwing your hat over the wall'. Kennedy spoke about a time when him and his friends "would make their way across the countryside, and when they came to an orchard wall that seemed too high and too difficult to permit their voyage to continue, they would take off their hats and toss them over the wall - they then had no choice but to follow the hats over".

In the pursuit of testing the boundaries of your perceived limitations, there is an unconscious and automatic growth that you have as a person. That is really what all these events are actually about. When you enter Winter FEAT, you have no idea if you're going to win. But you look at the task ahead, work out what the next step that you need to take is and simply step into that space.

My beautiful wife, Sarah, who is a world competitive ultra-runner says it all the time when she is really hurting during one of her races; "all I need to do is to look at the space in front of me, ignore the 1000m hill climb, and just step into that space". And Rob, our running coach, has a similar philosophy, that it is all just "another walk in the park."

The way most people engage with setting goals or targets is they tend to keep it in the world of logical and comfortable. Then when they do set the bar nice and high, most people's first response is to reduce the targets rather than increase their actions. By simply shooting for more than you know you can achieve, you are going to learn and do more than you ever thought you could.

Reflecting back to last year when UTA was on, something that always inspires me about seeing people tackle challenges outside their comfort zones is this - when you're aiming to go further than your perceived limitations would have you think you can go, you realise these challenges are always another beast, they are never easy and no matter how much you prepare, you can never be ready for what is to come. I love these events because they are raw and even though you are continually moving forward, you will never feel more connected to how you are in the present moment.

So as we come into a period of time where we are pushing our boundaries, setting our challenges or thinking about what we want to achieve. I will leave you with the words of Scott Jurek (one of the greatest ever Ultra Runners).

"If you run long enough, that tends to happen. Whatever quantitative measures of success you set out to achieve become either unattainable or meaningless. The reward of running - or anything - lies within us... We focus on something external to motivate us, but we need to remember it is the process of reaching for the prize - not the prize itself - that can bring us peace and joy."
Maroubra this morning