My PBs may/may not garner attention or generate awards. But when I run, I am 100 percent me–my strengths and weaknesses play out like a cracked-open training diary, my emotions often as raw as the chafing from my jog bra. In my ultimate moments of vulnerability, I am twice the woman I was when I thought I was meant to look pretty on the sidelines. Sweaty and smiling, breathless and beautiful: Running helps us all shine. A lesson worth passing along.
Racing was like chemotherapy for the soul. Burning and cauterising bad thoughts. LeMond had demons powerful enough for ten athletes. His way of dealing with it was to ride. He would go on these rides, rocking back and forward on the bike pushing on gravity. He’d feel light headed. LeMond liked this way. He was the happiest when he was suffering and in total pain. He’s never hit the breaks on the way down. He was drugging himself with endorphins and adrenaline.
And when the lap bell rings, your body ignites the same way petrol does to a flame, every numb-oxygen deprived limb fighting the inertia, lungs heavy and fear, you cross the line knowing there was nothing else to possibly give, yet once we cross the finish line it suddenly becomes a start- its never the end, but a start to something we never believed possible.
Train like a racehorse, think like a bee….
Bumblebees are relatively huge, furry insects with tiny little wings that fly with incredible speed, accuracy and agility. NASA scientists were infatuated with the bumblebee. How could something that big and furry fly with such little wings? So they studied the bumblebee. The thought process was that if they could replicate the physics of the bumblebee, they could build aircrafts and weapons of similar ability.
After extensive research, the scientists unanimously came to the same conclusion: bumblebees can’t fly. The physics behind bumblebees simply say they are too large and too heavy. But here is the interesting part: No one told the bumblebee it can’t fly, so it goes right on flying. It flies even though the smartest people on Earth doubt it can.
Because the bee has ultimate faith in itself, it is able to do amazing things. You, as an athlete, need to have unyielding belief in yourself. Don’t let your past, your peers, your family or your competitors limit your performance. You, like the bee, can fly if you believe you can.
Train Like a Racehorse.
Racehorses are just like other elite athletes. They know they are athletes, and they know they are different from the other horses.
They train with heart-rate monitors. They do intervals and lactate-threshold training. They eat a special diet designed to improve performance. They have coaches, and they get nervous on race day just like you.The difference between racehorses and you is racehorses don’t second-guess their training program, their abilities or their coaches. Racehorses go all out when asked to; they don’t save something for tomorrow. You’ll never see a racehorse doing extra laps around the track because it felt like it should be doing more. Racehorses don’t look at other horses’ training programs and freak out because the other horses are doing double days. Racehorses just do exactly what is asked of them—nothing more, nothing less.
Racehorses have 100 percent commitment to their program, to their coaches and to being the best they can be.