"When I was at the Naval Academy, we called this period the Dark Ages--the drudgery of routine in the cold, damp, windy darkness of the January to March winter season, with no big holidays or football games to look forward to. It was a time of mental down-shifting into lower gear, of grinding out the academics, athletics, drill and everything else, waiting for spring to arrive.
In F3 Naperville, this is a time for down-shifting into the routine of cold, dark, winter workouts. If you've been with us for a while, you've heard us say, "embrace the suck." It means accepting, and even welcoming, the pain and suffering that comes with strenuous physical exercise. This mindset is especially needed over the next several months.
The most important aspect of "embrace the suck" is the embrace part. Rather than merely surviving the pain, this is about openly absorbing it, even pursuing the joy of it. This is about the emotional journey of the experience. And it allows us to separate our feelings--where the crisis comes--from the physical strain, thus containing the pain to the body, and keeping it there while we discover what it means to thrive.
This can be hard to do alone, but thankfully we are not alone. This journey is best with shared with our brethren.
So let's "embrace the suck" together and get back out there. See you in the gloom."