The three week hurdle.

As the title alludes, your third week of planting will be the biggest hurdle of your rookie season. The infamous third cycle is known throughout the planting world, and is marked by a peak in bitching, whining, and usually quitting. The reason, which is often overlooked by quitting rookies, is that the third week is not only when you peak in physical pain, but also in mental suffering as you battle up the learning curve. Your body has been adjusting for 3 weeks, and is just getting to the point where you will start to develop your bush legs, but not quite. Be patient. Take it from someone who’s been there, the rest day at the end of the third cycle will be the tipping point in your planting career. If you can make it to the 4th cycle, you will most likely finish the season. You will also be reaching the gradual plateau of a learning curve with a steep beginning, but slowly climbing tail.

My advice to you is to recognize that this will be your toughest week. Recognize that the pain, and mental frustration that you are experiencing this week will pass, and if you can conquer this, the most difficult of cycles, the rest of your season will be easy. The money will come, your crew will bond, and you will become a person you’ve never known before.

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