Generators are load tested as part of periodic maintenance routine. We test their behaviour with about 20% overloads, zero-load, sudden loading and unloading and the duration for which they can run with full load. Different makes have recommended test regimes for their products.
Endurance testing and stress testing is part of software quality tests. We have annoying experience of what happens with some operating systems and software applications when they cannot stand the stress of large volume of data to process or the duration for which the system has to operate continuously.
Continuing with our discussion on belief system from earlier posts, can we load test our physical, mental, and emotional calibre and capacities?
Many of us think that we cannot walk a distance or lift more than certain weight or work continuously more than a certain hours. There are occasions when we need to reach out and do more than our normal. For example, if we travel with 25 kg suit case and another 10 kg handbag, and if we do not get help in moving the luggage, we have a situation where we need confidence to lug our belongings around. If we test our strength time to time, there would be no panic or surprises.
Bombayites are known to walk home a dozen km. when the railway tracks are flooded by rain water, which happens once or twice a year. They know their capacity and endurance power.
Their next meal is on top of the mind of some people. What if I do not get a meal when hungry? The thought itself makes them hungry. How long can we stay without food and be ourselves, attending to regular work? After fasting for 12 days, 74 year old Anna Hazare had energy and alert mind to address a press meet.
Dr Vijay Malur with super speciality in spinal cord injury and sports medicine was sentenced to ‘Disability Retirement’ in Virginia, USA, after his fall from the twelfth floor of a building to the tenth and quadruple bypass surgery for his heart condition. After this, he climbed from Lukla to the base camp of Mount Everest – 18,218 feet above sea level with 50 per cent oxygen! This he did in seven days. When he visited us at ObjectOrb Technologies about eight years ago, he told that a meal once in three days would be adequate for a healthy person. He did not eat more than one meal a day even during his Everest expedition.
Prof. G. Venkatasubbaiah, father of modern Kannada dictionary, will turn 100 on August 23, 2013. A month ago I saw him comfortably climbing up the stage and talking eloquently. He is adoringly alert – mentally, physically and emotionally.
Manohar Aich, who was Mr. Universe in 1952, celebrated his 100th birthday with his large family of children, grandchildren and great grand children. I had an opportunity of being his co-passenger in a train journey 25 years ago.
For many years the world believed that it was impossible for a human to run a mile in four minutes. The athletes of the time held this belief, and the scientific world agreed.
But, then, on May 6, 1954, Roger Bannister ran a mile in 3 min 59.4 sec. Just six weeks later, Australian runner John Lundy cut one second off Bannister’s record. In the following ten years almost two hundred people also broke this so-called “impossible” barrier. Because Bannister shattered the belief that the four-minute mile was impossible … the 4-minute mile suddenly became possible. By the end of the 20th century, the record had been lowered to 3:43.13, by Hicham El Guerrouj of Morocco in 1999.
Beliefs can empower as well as limit us. We can change our beliefs. If our belief system is empowering, our “reality filter” will offer us opportunities, else we would face disappointment, frustration and failure.
“But, I can’t do that” comes from an old belief/paradigm that is routed deep inside our subconscious mind. If we challenge that continuously, we see our real strength and derive joy. Periodic challenges with our own load tests would give us confidence and keep us pragmatic.
My load test results: In my younger days I walked 65 km non-stop in 11 hours, ran 12 km. once a week, attend to routine tasks without a meal for 3 days. Now I can walk about 20 km., work normal without food for 50 hours, carry 50 kgs. for a very short distance, 20 kgs. in railway stations and airports. I enjoy acquiring new knowledge and skills. I do not have a moment of boredom.
Do you load-test yourself?