Dealing with a Bad Workout

Bad Workout - How to deal with a bad workout

You just don’t want to be at the gym today doing exercises. Everything feels impossibly heavy, and you are simply going through the motions, gritting your teeth and counting the sets until you have done what you need to do and can leave.

It happens! I’ve had terrible workouts –sometimes once a week, sometimes more than that. Every so often I have to plod my way through a whole run of terrible workouts, feeling like I’m suffering some lower-grade poisoning with every session just dragging through without any real aim or purpose, and the only relief is when it’s over and my conscience lets me hightail it out of there.

Remember that Bad Workouts are to Be Expected

Bad workouts, like awful days at work, terrible ones at home, or a visit to the dentist, are normal occurrences. They are just one part of the game, and will always appear every now and then.

In fact, if you think about it, working out is meant to be hard work –that’s the point! Things that are easy are never with great rewards, and although these are fine and sometimes necessary to do, chances are they are not likely to amount to much.

Just like the big win at the sports betting sites available online –getting good is hard work, but the rewards are worth every moment of it.

Sacrificing Who You are for Who You Want to Be

The act of changing how your body is made up is a lot more intense when you think about it as a lot more than just losing fat or building muscle.

You are sacrificing who you are right now for whom you want to be in the future, and then making use of everything at your disposal in order to do so.

Forging a new self is a process of heat and fire, hammer and anvil, lighting crashing and thunder smashing, not simply changing your clothes, or getting a haircut.

Embrace the Difficult Days as Best You Can

Truth is, sometimes work outs are hellishly hard. Sometimes you have to just do them as best you can, and that is as it should be.

Woe to the man or woman that believes that things that don’t come naturally, or easily, are simply not meant to be done.

We see evidence of this mindset all the time –someone tries something new, flounders, brands themselves abysmal failures and quits.

Understanding that nothing meaningful happens easily or automatically is the first step towards getting through those bad days, and the simple truth is that everything takes a lot more time, effort, and gumption than we believe at the outset.

Lewis Carroll summed it up in Alice in Wonderland: we have to run as fast as we can in order to stay in place, and at least twice as fast if we want to get anywhere.

This is just a matter of fact: if it’s hard, chances are it is worth it. Struggling is the point, and how difficult the struggle is reveals how much your struggle is worth.

New Zealand Cup

All About the New Zealand Cup

The New Zealand Trotting Cup is one of the biggest harness races of the year, held annually at Christchurch. The race attracts not only top horses but high-class fashion, entertainment and food as well. New Zealanders and visitors from across the globe flock to the track for a great day out, and of course to watch the exciting sport of harness racing.

2016 Victors

The 2016 Cup was taken soundly by training and driving team Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen, who not only won the main race of the day, but also five of the other Cup Day races. Harness racing differs from horse racing in that the drivers have a much less strenuous job, and thus can be of a different age group to flat race jockeys. They can also take part in many more races per day than flat race jockeys.

The Purdon Rasmussen team took the main race of the day, the New Zealand Cup, with their four year old colt Lazarus. Lazarus won by a massive ten lengths, leaving the usually stoic trainer rather emotional. Lazarus ran a record winning race in a time of 3:53.10, beating the previous world record set by champion mare Adore Me who ran 3:54.6 in her 2014 win.

The other horses in the field, Smolda​, Tiger Tara, Christen Me and Franco Nelson were able to stick with Lazarus until the 400m mark, until he simply took off and left them behind.  Rasmussen had to watch from way down the track after her drive, Have Faith In Me proved his name rather ambitious after he jumped out of his gear and was disqualified. Purdon’s and Rasmussen’s All Stars Stable had runners in eight of the twelve races for the day, and won six of them, proving how well the team works together.

Lazarus

Lazarus was bred by Brian West of Studholme Bloodstock and Gavin Chin. He sold for $75,000 at the 2014 New Zealand Premier Yearling Sale in 2013. He is the first four year old to win the New Zealand Cup since terror To Love in 2011.

Lazarus’s future is a bit uncertain right at the moment. He has proved himself to be a winning horse but has just as much potential as a sire. His breeding is impeccable, tracing back to winning American families.

As a three year old he had already proven his quality by winning the New Zealand Sires Stakes Three year old Final in 2015 with Mark Purdon as his driver.  He has been a winning colt since his two year old season, taking the Sales Series Final at Addington in early 2015.

Bettors Results

Placing a wager on Lazarus as well as the All Stars Stable has proved profitable for bettors throughout not only 2016 but 2015 too. All stars seem to have the dominance over the harness world, at least for now. Lazarus has been the odds-on favourite for a number of races, and looks set to carry on being so should he carry on racing.