|Photo credit: Tom Cerecedes|
In any physical endeavor performed at a high intensity, there comes a time when the little voice inside our head tells us to stop, to quit, to throw in the towel. It's at those times you need to listen to the voices in the crowd. Those voices will never tell you to give up, to sandbag it, to phone it in. Those voices will tell you you're doing great. They'll tell you to take a breath, shake it out and move your ass. Don't listen to your brain. Your brain doesn't want you to PR. Your brain is selfish and wants to keep you in your comfort zone. Shut your brain off. Listen to the crowd.
As those last 30 seconds ticked away, a small crowd had gathered around Chris; yelling, cheering him on, telling him not to stop. And as much as his muscles ached and lungs burned, he switched off his brain and fought through every last rep until the clock went to zero.