Reaching beyond the self


Andy Fisher:
Yeah exactly, and that’s still there to an extent. Dan’s got this great distinction between the training session, and the challenge. If you don’t know whether you can complete it, it’s a challenge, but if you know that you can do this, it’s not a challenge, it’s just training. I’ve always tried to push the envelope and embrace challenges. I, a couple of years back I did as many burpees as I could within six hours, to raise money for charity.

Andy Fisher:
It was to raise money to have a well dug in the Congo for the Pygmy peoples there, who were suffering dysentery unnecessarily. I didn’t know how many I could do, and rendezvous it happened the week before, and I was a guest instructor there teaching self-defense, and I dislocated a finger, whilst I was instructing it, and somebody just collided, and I popped it back in. It wasn’t as bad as it could have been.

Craig:
You still have soft tissue damage.

Andy Fisher:
Exactly, I knew I had 1500 burpees to do in the six hours. I had no idea whether I could do that, but it’s just a nice round number, and…


Craig:
What does that divide out to in burpees, how many seconds per burpee is that?

Andy Fisher:
You know what, is wasn’t… If you do it that way, it doesn’t look too onerous, it wasn’t too bad. But the problem was, that after the first two hours I started cramping, and it was trying to make sure that I could still stay on volume whilst taking out the cramps, and it, with all of these things. You do anything for volume, after a certain point. For me, it was about the four-hour point, your body goes, “Okay, you’re not going to stop. All right, I’ll take the cramps away.”

Craig:
Yeah, right? “Oh, you’re not kidding.”

Andy Fisher:
Yeah, yeah, yeah. “You are going to do this.” I actually sped up in the last two hours, those middle two hours sucked, and I didn’t make it. Another example of something where I didn’t achieve my objective, I think I came in at about 1350. I was shy of the 1500, but it was the not knowing whether I could complete it, that attracted me to the project. Because you enter a different space, and for me, there’s something really beautiful and graceful about being in that space where you are turning up, on a frontier going, “Let’s just find out what happens, I’m open to whatever might occur.”

Andy Fisher:
What I’ve got better at is, I don’t feel any shame now in not having made 1500. I made 1350 by reaching beyond myself, and if I hadn’t gone in with the intention of 1500, I couldn’t have probably wouldn’t have done the 1350. My efficacy has become more compassionate if anything. That’s probably the only change, my ambition is always still out of whack. I still aim way beyond what I’m actually capable of.