according to Urban Dictionary:
1. pain cave
A grueling physical workout intended to make you a better athlete. Usually done at home or the gym, and we call that place the “pain cave.”“If I want to get faster on the bike, I’ve gotta do my workout, so I am headed to the pain cave.”
I disagree with “at home or in the gym” and feel this can be attained in a far broader spectrum of activities or ailments and is obviously everyone’s perspective will be different. Keep in mind it is from the Urban Dictionary.
The following article describes it from the point of view of a professional level athlete, Torbjørn Sindballe, during a triathlon. It’s pretty interesting experiencing the mental state of a world class triathlete overcoming the mental and physical challenges of giving it everything they’ve got.
As I finished the bike I knew I was in for a brutal day. Stars spun wildly around my head the final 20 miles of riding as I crashed through dizzy spells and fought to remain upright. My legs were powerless and my muscles were buzzing with soreness. Every hill devoured me.
Like hitting a thumb with a hammer, my body had become numb to the constant muscle firing forced by my will power and desperate need to compete. While clawing through the pain, I had lost three minutes in the last lap. Although I was leading, my internal situation was as grim as hanging from a cliff.
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