Saturday, April 3, 2010
What is your goat???
Today I rediscovered my own goat: Running. For those who don't know, we're not talking about the hoofed furry critters. We're talking about something every athlete has, a weakness, an Achilles heel, the movement which for some reason we struggle so much with. It can also be another kind of weakness, perhaps very tight hamstrings hold you back in the squat, or tight shoulders in overhead movements.
Our goats frustrate us, and they're not fun. For these reasons, many of us, myself included, will tend to avoid it, dreading when a workout comes around with our goat prominently displayed.
For the same reasons and more, however, we need to work on our goats. Frustrating us, we can only overcome this by concentrating amongst adversity. By the same methods it teaches us to become comfortable with pain, with being uncomfortable. Spending time on your goats offers many more benefits than trying to build on the areas you are already strong in. Your fitness is only as strong as your weakest link.
Take a look at what some others have to say about goats, then tell us:
WHAT IS YOUR GOAT?