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I think that some athletes could be massochists. But massochism (in my understanding) is about enjoying pain and/or humiliation for its own sake or especially for sexual pleasure.
I think for many athletes it's instead about the satisfaction of achieving a difficult goal, proving to themselves that they're strong or that they're valuable (or other reasons). Pain and hardship are just part of what proves to ones self that the challenge is hard.
I don't know any dominatrix who will tell you to go do a marathon.11
135 miles at 129.2 degrees Fahrenheit is "brutal punishment" even for someone like me who has joined marathons and triathlons. They must be "super humans" to complete those kinds of events. Hats off to them.32
No. They show incredible strength, endurance and perseverance.64
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No , I have competed in many endurance events and it is a way to gain confidence as you train hard for an extended period of time before entering the arena. Then you see how effective all your planning was as you push yourself beyond our limits.
It also develops mental toughness.11
No, I think they're challenging themselves and pushing beyond their limits to see how far they can go. And accept the risks.21
I do long endurance events and my dad used to compete in the ultra Ironman competitions. We aren’t machosists. I do it because i love pushing ourselves and discovering my physical and mental limits :)32
No, I would say they do it for the good feeling of breaking own limits. After all that is what life is about, overcoming obstacles.23
They are a form of masochism but also give a very potent cannabis type high of their own accord. It also is a stress relieving tool so gets addictive.16
it's a search for strong emotions. It can be an addiction though...11
Masochism and survival training aren't mutually exclusive.13
I would think it's more the enjoyment of the adrenaline high.15
Depends. There are people who do races in the desert. If they’re going to run in the desert, they need to train in the desert to get their bodies used to it.11
First off extreme sports is fun and depending on why you do it, it can be very fulfilling to. Plus it’s good for ya health to a extent11
It's man pushing his body to it's limits and it's amazing.31
Some people enjoy testing their body's limits. It makesctgem feel alive. They don't enjoy pain, but they are adrenaline junkies11
It's for the feeling of success afterwards, making a ✅. The focus is not on the pain, rather the reward.21
Don't care about sports survival training is essential especially the times that we live in now you never know when you may have to survive off the land when the grocery stores become empty learn how to survive and thrive in the wilderness or live in a cardboard box in an alley10
Just people having fun31
only if there's sex at the end...10
It makes you stronger tho11
That's quite a large net you've cast10
Some people like beating risky goals10
They are a form of stupidity.10
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I think there's some kind of addiction to it there's endorphins released with these kind of things and so the people that are the most affected by this particular kind of rush will be into it. There's also people who just want to push themselves but it's hard for me to believe that someone would do something like this if they got nothing out of it.
Like a guy who cycled until he fell asleep from exhaustion and crashed on the road and then slept a short time and kept going. If all you got from it was looking back and saying I did that I don't know if it would be enough for people to go through that. I think we're quite affected by the way our minds work I certainly can attest to that from my own experience and you have to be kind of set up to do something like this for no survival reason.
I was Probably addicted to extreme endurance activities years back. Had to quit once I destroyed my joints… I loved loved loved the “high” I felt unpin completion! It was mental and physical satisfaction. But then I have permanent injuries from certain events as well, so it’s a valid question.
It was also a very effective coping mechanism for trauma, very effective therapy. Advised by a psychiatrist at one point I think it became an obsession. I simply cannot do all the activities anymore but I still push myself to accomplish things that probably aren’t even healthy for my at least physically
My mind is the opposite :) I like being in my room, cut off from the world feeling protected from anything. Having some money saved up so my life is stable and I can do whatever I want that's the dream. I do want to travel and do different and new things but I want that base first. I hope you an take care of your body and not be in pain as you get older, that's important too :).
I want to be prepared for anything! 😊 and yes I do have pain much more than my younger years but I’d rather have pain that regrets. And I have high confidence in my abilities, even if it hurts to do some stuff now
thanks for MHO :)