Here are two pictures from last year's training to give you and idea of our classes. The picture above was from last year as well. Keep in mind we have about 40 more people in the room:
During these twice a day classes, they have been opening the doors to the room occasionally, since it is our first week, but starting Monday, the doors will never open and we have to get our lungs used to the reduced oxygen level in the room. This has been the most difficult aspect for me, much more than the heat. You get dizzy, which can lead to a bit of a mental panic: ‘Get me out of this room now.’ One of the purposes of the training is to get us to hit some mental and physical walls and develop the strength to burst through them, rather than succumb. For instance, Friday morning I woke up and felt pretty crappy. I was sore, tired and grumpy. Had I been living life normally, and had I planned to workout that day, I just would have skipped the workout that day and stayed in bed. But of course I could not do that and I had to get out of bed and go. As the morning class began, I was thinking, ‘How the #$@% am I going to survive the next 2 hours?’ And then I ended up having the best class of my life. It was a really good lesson in mental discipline, something I sorely lack and which will be my biggest challenge in the training. I have my life set up in way where I don’t really often have to do something I don’t want to do. Already this training has been a shock, being told when and where to be, having to sign in and be accountable all the time, being in a situation where I have no choice but to follow the discipline and, even if I don’t agree with what is going on – or simply don’t want to do it – I have to do it. It is a bit disorienting and not all that pleasant but it is in no way a bad thing.