Why do athletes of all disciplines and all abilities get up before the sun rises to hone their skills? Because their better, is better than your better. Full stop.
Had some hectic discussions with my legs this morning. I am almost midweek into the biggest week of training for me, leading into Ironman World Champs in October. 5 weeks to go, perfect time to ramp the mileage something stupid on the bike, just for a week. Throw yourself into the deep end and come out a little leaner, a little harder and alot more tired. For the guys and girls who want to know what this involves, its 5 hours a day, every day in the week, backed by 2 x 7 hour days over the weekend. Yes, that’s a 37 hour week, which is double my average week. Because I have a full work week too, I am training 2 bike rides a day to make it possible in the week. To further make sure you understand, the overload week has ZERO intensity over AeT across all sports, has an updated eating, sleeping and recovery schedule as well as more packing of bags and washing of gear than you could possibly fathom.
I don’t advocate you do the same thing, in these volumes, but it is interesting to note that this would be a fairly typical week for a pro Ironman athlete. By the end of the week, I will be near impossible to communicate with, eating more food in a day than you would have eaten this week and still, somehow, be able to put together a 6 hour ride on Sunday. It’s taken me years to get to this point, so don’t just go out there and do it.
That mild hummmmmm that sets in when true fatigue gets going, that is starting. It’s been there all morning. Faintly. By weekend it will be there permanently, loud enough to feel like I am plugged into a mild electrical circuit. Ah, the joys of camp.
So the questions arose, about 3/4 way into the ride this morning, when I was hungry and was about halfway up the last hill of the day.
Rewind a little, I have to admit that the 90minutes I rode in the dark this morning were blissfully amazing, quiet and fun to bomb down descents at 60km/h in the dark with one light leading the way. At one point I sat up, hands off the handlebars and up into the sky and let out a scream of pure awesomeness. Ok, back to the ride, and THAT question.
“Your training has been great, why are you pushing so hard this week?”
That was the one that brought me back to a video I had seen, which is the video above. Why was I out there? Because my current better is far better than my previous better used to be, to start. I see the exact same traits in the people around me, most noticeably lately, in The Housemate. The dude has been living this video lately. Hats off to pushing the limits to whats possible, personally. He seems to be able to shatter himself and put the pieces back together into a picture slightly better than it looked previously, repeatedly, at the moment.
When people ask you the question of “why” I believe this is possibly the perfect answer. Here are some more people who will tell you that their better, is better than your better.