I attached a picture from our recent running adventure in Portugal. I chose it because without Wild Geese, I wouldn’t have been able to run, hike and crawl over 100km in 2.5 days. A few years ago, it wouldn’t have been possible either physically or mentally.
I initially joined Wild Geese about 3 years ago, to build strength to be able to take part in a 10k trail run on Inís Oírr the following year.
After over 10 years of trying to juggle college with part-time work in restaurants, I didn’t have much core or otherwise strength and we probably shouldn’t mention posture.
I wouldn’t have gone near a weight-lifting cage because I wouldn’t have known the first thing about what to do with a bar and weight plates.
Within a year of taking up training at Wild Geese, I was able to compete in my first ever kettlebell competition and to do that 10k run within a reasonably fast time, and more importantly, injury-free
Even when I eventually injured my shoulder due to faulty technique, the specific rehab and strength training you gave me over the past year, helped me to get over the injury relatively quickly, but also coming out of it stronger than before.
Progress happened quite quickly and while I had to put in the work, you knew what I needed to do.
Aside from all the physical benefits, I keep coming to Wild Geese because it helps me cope with the toll studying one of the most miserable topics possible takes. It’s good to have a laugh, be silly and forget all about it for an hour or two.
I didn’t find that in any of the other gyms I went to.
I think what I gain from Wild Geese are a few things.
One, the knowledge that stubbornness pays off eventually.
A greater sense of self-belief (even though we’re still miles away from Conor McGregor-esque dimensions of self-confidence).
A new perspective on what’s out there, and what can be achieved if one perseveres.
A better social network and therefore, better mental and physical health overall.
All of these things filter into my work – I know my stubbornness will eventually lead to finishing my PhD but without the support that I get from Wild Geese, at least in parts, it would be a hell of a lot harder. Thanks a mill, Dave.