Throwing a heavy pack on and trekking around in a torrential downpour at night might seem like a very unpleasant way to train for an upcoming hike. However, sometimes the worst conditions can provide the best learning experiences if you’re willing to let go and open up to the opportunity.
This kind of training will push you in a way that you might not be used to and is a great teaching ground for learning how to keep going when things go bad. In other words, training in less-than-ideal conditions will toughen you up both mentally and physically. Hell, I purposely want to train in those so-called horrible conditions! I know that if I can get accustomed to the “bad” conditions, I will thrive in the “good” conditions. Getting comfortable at being uncomfortable is something I spend a lot of time focusing on these days.
Don’t wait for the perfect conditions to train, to write, to exercise, or to start something new. Get out there and do it!
Reframe the way you view things as a learning experience rather than being “good” or “bad” and everything becomes an ideal condition. It all depends on how you look at it.