The NYTIMES ran a health article about this admittedly small sample research project today.
I don’t need this study to include more than a meager sample of 12 to know it’s the truth.
At this point in my life I regularly engage in a level of exercise that pushes me right to the pain zone: mountain biking, backpacking, hiking, snowshoeing, or snow biking.
My wife tells other people, “Everything Tom does for sports has to have suffering in it”.
It’s pretty simple. If I am going on a challenging hike, I want to experience it as easier that other activities that I have suffered through. For example, I’m headed up to Katahdin for a week of backpacking. I have prepared by carrying a mass of iron chain that pushes to weight in my back pack to 23 pounds. I train on steep trails, where I m pushing to 3.5 mph.