Will Harvey has been training for his first ever boxing match, and keeping us posted along the way. With fight night but hours away, he talks about his journey and what he’s learned…
“It’s a day to go until the big night – to the doors opening at the Britannia Hotel in Canary Wharf and the business end of it all. All the training, early mornings, hours on the road, training weekends and booze free Friday nights are at the point now where they will count. I don’t know about all the other fighters on the bill but my nerves are right up there. The last few nights have been sleepless to say the least, and I’ve felt like I could run a marathon before lying awake for a couple of hours.
These nerves are a strange thing. They have an ability to get you more excited than you have ever been before and then set you thinking about whether that injury in your right hand is enough to make excuses. There can be no excuses now, though. You either have it or you don’t and it is time to face up to those nerves and make the decision as to whether you are going to stand in the ring and give it your all for 6 minutes or if you are going to be scared. The 6 minutes of giving it everything is what I’m going for.
Even as I write this, I feel every drop of testosterone pump through my body, my heart rate rising, my awareness heightening and my legs twitching. Fight or flight right? I’m sure I’ve said it before but that is it, right there. The same reaction from your body and all it takes is the interpretation of what that means to you. Perhaps all of us who decide to get in the ring, whether white collar or professional, have a weird sense of pleasure…otherwise, why would we be there, right?
Everyone has felt this sense of thrilling intrepidation, and these heart pounding moments have seen me through many a situation, from a cup final penalty shoot out, to break ups and to the odd panic attack here and there. Putting it all into context, if you put a positive spin on these feelings and emotions, it gives you that drive to push through your own barriers and face the things that frankly scare you shitless. Welcome it, take it on. I’m not quite sure who said this recently but ’get comfortable being uncomfortable’, especially if you want to stretch yourself. It’s truly empowering when you do.
Perspective is so key and perhaps it is because I value logic, but all that reasoning helps me get through the shit times. I’m sure Eugene and Mark, my trainers, will testify for my recent foul mood a couple of weeks ago at training. Pushing myself through that day was a struggle but getting through it was like getting through a round. It was tough but at the end of the day I could look back and value what I had achieved. You can then pump yourself up once more, knowing that you can achieve, learn and push yourself again.
1 day to go until the fight and I have learnt, not only about the physical skills involved in boxing, but also the vital role it can play in putting things into context. A complicated analogy, I agree, but it works for me, plus if you can talk about the rubbish that goes on in your head in a sweaty stinking boxing gym with a bunch of guys out to take each other apart, then any other less masochistic environment should be a stroll… In theory, of course…
People do judge, but the ones worth knowing and the ones who can help to push you to achieve what was once seen as unachievable are the ones who know how to struggle and fight, not just in the ring, but also in life. So, ask for their help, be it with boxing training, advise or just for someone to lean on for a while. It could help, and ultimately change your life.
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