The numbers attending our club practices has slowly started to die down. Why?
There’s a number of reasons. Mainly though most of the team aren’t now competing at the Irish Championships in Kilkenny in August, the cost is pretty high so their training will consist of different things, hopefully they will continue to practice and not lose the hard work already put in.
For many, and I include myself, training for GS is hard. Probably the hardest sport I’ve ever trained for, the demands are vast. The dedication required is immense, the perserverance is vital, and the will to keep going when times get hard, and they will get hard, is unquestionably one of the toughest aspects. You doubt yourself, your strength, your mental ability to block out the pain and as the Nike slogan says ‘Just Do It’. If you work through all this you will be rewarded, but it isn’t easy, if you want easy go jump on a cross-trainer and watch TV. This sport will never give you an easy ride. The more you develop as an athlete the harder it gets. As the technique develops and becomes more refined, in many cases the reps increase, the weight of the kettlebells increases, its like starting back at square one again.
No, its not fun. But as we spoke about last night, training isn’t supposed to be fun, its supposed to be hard bloody work. The fun comes from competing and realising your goals, knowing all the hard effort you put in has been worth it. The fun comes from the comrade and spirit of all the other athletes you meet on the way.

‘To make our way, we must have firm resolve, persistence, tenacity. We must gear ourselves to work hard all the way. We can never let up’.
Ralph Bunche