Ninja Warrior in Training: Week 1

Daniel Elfers Ninja Warrior in Training: Week OneIt’s been one week of training to get into competition condition. It’s like a part time job with no pay, but that doesn’t matter to me. It’s not about money. It’s about doing something I love. At least that’s what I remind myself every time I felt like giving up this week. If I’m serious about being on Ninja Warrior I realize I have to be in peak physical condition, and I have to train like a serious competitor so in the 3-4 months when it’s time to give my all I’m gonna be ready. So as of this past week I’m on my new training program to get to that point. 12 weeks to get in elite warrior condition!

This first week I thought might be the hardest one for me. Not simply because physically it’s demanding. It’s also mentally demanding. I can workout and I love to workout, but making the time and dedicating so much effort when all I feel right now is sore and weak after trying. There is pain and there is exhaustion. I hardly feel ready after all the effort I put in this week, but that’s ok, that’s what this first week is all about, because what I realize is I gave my all this week and that’s enough and the great thing I accomplished was finding my weaknesses.

I can’t overcome until I acknowledge where I am weak. Finding my weaknesses allows me to be smart, and train them till they are no longer weaknesses, but strengths. I’m pushing my body to the limit of what it is capable of so I can find new limits to push to. No matter how weak I felt this week I know I have the next 11 weeks to gain that strength. This is not just a battle physically, but mentally. Why I believed this first week would be so hard was because I knew I would have to step up and find a reason why am I doing this! Real change is more mental than it is physical. I need the physical, but if I can’t get committed I never will be strong enough.

I make the commitment to be stronger, and live the life I want to live, not simply for me, but for everyone I can inspire. I would do this even if everybody thought I was crazy and I think they probably do, but for some reason my madness seems to inspire people. My passion seems to get people excited. I want to see lives change because I step up. I will do whatever it takes to get there in my life so others can get there in their lives.

I do not feel ready and I am not where I need to be, but I’ve got the passion to get there. I’m getting ready for week two. Time to take it all on again, but this time even stronger. I will face more pain and challenge. I will conquer more of my weakness. I know I will question my resolve, but I will not give up. I’m ready to change my life and change the world doing so! Week two here I come!!

-Dan

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