Coach said you have to visualize yourself doing it first—

the pull up bar a rung within my reach
reminding me of when he paired us up
facing each other and placed a disc cone
between us just outside our reach. He said
the next thing was easy: a high knees drill
and on his cue we would reach for the disc.
Whoever snatched it won. Easy. You
just had to want it more than your opponent.
I was up against a taller guy with as much
muscle as I had fat. But then I understood
the exercise, that boxing was more mental,
for the mental and mentally strong. And I
told myself muscle weighs more than fat.
You’re closer to the ground. He’s already
gassed. Look—won’t even make eye contact.

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