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THE PAIN BARRIER

Words DR JULIE JOHNSTON, PHD

Heart hammering, lungs burning, arms and legs like lead, blinded by the sweat dripping into your eyes. This is a situation every rower will commonly find themselves in whilst training. However, none of this is as limiting as the thoughts running through your head. Whether on the ergo or out on the open water, we push ourselves to our limits; striving to get stronger, faster and more powerful. However, our minds are the drivers of our finely tuned engines and we must work to control our thoughts, block out the pain and convince ourselves that the hurt we are feeling is good, healthy and helpful. So, how do we do this?

Embrace the pain

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