What have I learned?
Batman by 40 was a peak, an apex.
An apex by definition is difficult, if not impossible to maintain.
To get there you have to want "it".
"It" has to be more important than instant gratification.
A double scoop of blue moon ice cream sure would be good right about now. But I really want to run 3 miles at an 8 min pace next week. Which one do you want more?
Once you have achieved "it" you are no longer hungry. Unless you find new ways to become hungry again.
Working hard to become Batman is satisfying.
Being Batman is gratifying
I used to be Batman - sucks balls!
I tear on Ninjas on this blog from time to time.
However one thing I like from Ninja philosophy is turning a weakness into a strength.
Getting old is a side effect of survival.
The results of getting old can be a weakness. (accumulated injuries, deteriorating health, etc...)
Turning that weakness to a strength -
As you get old you, you also become an adult.
As an adult you have a certain degree of stability in your life.
That stability is a strength that allows adults to plan long term.
1,5, 10 years out.
As an adult you also have learned from your mistakes and know yourself well.
Ebb and Flow
Batman by 40 worked for me by slowly boiling the lobster
I know my self well. The Batman By 40 goals were a daunting task. So I broke them into small manageable increments.
I gave myself time (18 months)
I increased the small manageable increments.every week. (Slowly boiling the lobster)
Just one more rep
Just 5 more pounds
Just .01 mph faster
Just 1 minute longer
Just 1/8 mile further
I got this,
That is nothing I can do this...I can do this
Just keep on keeping on until you are at Batman / Special Forces standards
Ebb and Flow is using that slow boil method over the long term
And you can only maintain that peak for so long before you burn out, or get hurt.
Project - Beyond Batman peaks four times a year while making consistent long term progress.
Each peak is a little better than the previous one.
Slow boil extended over years.
Some simple math that has been working for me
52 weeks in a year
12 week training cycle.
Small manageable incremental increases every week until you peak at Week 12 (Batman / Special Forces standards)
1 week rest or rest and test
13 weeks total
Repeat 4 times per year
4 X 13 = 52 works out nice
10 steps back
Consistant forward progress.
Knowing you can't maintain peak allows you to use it to your advantage, not get bummed out by it.
(*Rest and test will be explained in a future blog)
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You stay hungry because a new personal best apex is just 11 weeks away, and again the following week.
All while having fun, staying hungry without burning out.
All things in moderation, including moderation.
Life is too short not to indulge now and then
The other part is being emotionally / psychologically able to retire
People have worked hard to help you develop your skill
The Universe seeks balance
You have an obligation to pass on what you have learned
Giri (義理) is a Japanese value roughly corresponding to "duty", or "burden of obligation" in English.
You have an obligation to replace yourself before you leave
Cabot groomed Mike and me to replace him as training coordinators and team leaders before he left.
Our jobs as students, as people fortunate enough to have a mentor put time and effort into making us more than we were, are:
- To learn all we can
- To make it our own
- To eventually surpass our mentors.
- Mentor someone else
However, there will come a time for me to be done.
Knowing that, now is the time to start choosing and mentoring my replacements.
I can't leave until the infrastructure to surpass me is in place.
Then I can let go.
That will be a jagged pill to swallow. However that pill will go down easier if the team, and my department are in good hands.
The armor never gets lighter. One day I will have to set it down
The Keishoukan -
With the martial arts side of things, I have more time.
I can do it just for the fun of it. Lives are not on the line. I'll be training until I can't move
Then I'll be coaching from a chair in the corner of the Dojo.
Then I'll be ashes in an urn in a corner of the Dojo.
I also need to find a replacement for myself there.
Those of you that know me, or can infer from reading this blog, might ask what About Dillon?
I would be proud for Dillon to take over for me after I am gone. But Dillon is not my protege, he is my training buddy and partner. I steal as much or more from him than he learns from me. He is not going to take over the mantel of the Bat because he is already The Wolverine.
When we first met it was like this...