WHAT I LEARNED FROM DOING NINJA WARRIOR
Last night you may have seen me come undone in spectacular (or anti-climactical) style on the Ninja Warrior Australia course. Sorry guys. With so may people encouraging and supporting me, I did want to do better, not only for myself, but also for you. I went into it determined to find redemption after last year (Season 1) and conquer the Warped Wall, but it wasn’t to be.
Neither Lady Luck or my own skills were up to speed to get me past that second obstacle which so many others made look very, very easy.
So here’s what I took away from the experience:
- You can train and train and train, but sometimes it just doesn’t happen. I see this in the gym all of the time. Guys and girls train their butts off. They hit PR’s and move with efficiency and grace. And then they do a competition, and it all falls apart. Nerves, stress, a split second lapse of judgement or a minor miscalculation, and the house of cards falls. It happens. It happened to me on the course. When I stepped off the platform to commence my slide down to the punching bag, I held my knees up high which created a catapult effect at the other end and sent me way too high to catch the bag. Boom! 10 seconds and my race was run! I could have been really upset and angry. Instead I accepted it as one of those “Sh%t happens” moments when things don’t go to plan, but life goes on.
- Age is no excuse. I could have just watched Ninja Warrior on TV like the millions of other people worldwide and told myself that that was just for youngsters, or I could train for it and throw my hat in the ring. I opted for the latter. I met a guy named Pa Rambo. He was 64 years old – the oldest person worldwide to ever do the Ninja Course. He absolutely nailed it. He attacked the course with the gusto and enthusiasm you’d expect from someone a 1/3 his age. I’ve since become a fan of his and watch him train (via social media). He does not let age dictate what he should and shouldn’t do. And nor do I. At 46, I was one of the oldest on the course. If you train/practice, then you can have a go at anything.
- I did not let fear of failure stop me from trying. Despite hours of training in the months leading up to the course, there was always going to be a high probability of not doing as well as I wanted. Chances were high that I would fail – that’s just the name of the game. Too many people are scared of failing; of not succeeding; of not getting it right the first time around, and as a result, they don’t even try. If you live in that mindset then you’ll never do anything. Don’t expect to be good at everything you want to do. Depending on your skills and knowledge, you may actually really suck when you first start. But you can get better through practice and learning. And you will grow as a result. It may take a while, but if you are serious about achieving something, then your actions will match your goals. You will take the small steps necessary to get to where you want to go.
- I didn’t worry about what others may think. There are always going to be armchair critics – you know, those people who will bag your performance, or try to cut you down by poo-pooing your efforts, even though they themselves would never give it a go. I am pretty lucky I have a very supportive circle of friends, but it could have been pretty easy to let my ego take over and begin to worry about what people would think if I did not do well. For years now I have lived by a mantra espoused in a speech by former US President Theodore Roosevelt (see image above). Basically it says that there are always going to be critics (for modern day context, insert “trolls”) who sit on the sidelines and want to drag you down. Don’t worry about them. Have the courage to step into the arena and have a crack. And if you fail, dust yourself off and try again.
- Embrace the experience. No matter what happens, enjoy the journey and embrace the experience. That is what I did. I met so many talented men and women who I am inspired by, and who I now call friends. I have had the opportunity to tackle one of the toughest obstacle courses in the world in front of thousands of people. I can inspire and motivate others to get out of their comfort zones and try whatever it is they want to do. And I was able to bring friends and family along for the ride.
- Don’t wear a headband unless you intend on not falling in the water, or you intend play a game of “Marco Polo”. Head butting the wall on national TV………
So….what to do next?
WORKOUT OF THE DAY
3×5 each arm Single arm Jerk with DB
5×4 Build to a heavy set
10 min EMOM (every 2 mins)
10 Shoulder to Overehad 60/40kg
5 Box Jumps
3 Thrusters 60/40kg