September 8, 2010

My better, is better than your better.

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.

6 Comments on “My better, is better than your better.

Brad Brown
September 8, 2010 at 12:18 pm

Dude, you are an absolute legend! I saw your tweet this morning about going down Chapmans in the dark at 60km/h and it fired me up to no end. I’m training my rear end off to, maybe not to the same extent that you are and my goals are different to yours but at the end of the day it boils down to being the best better that I can be and its probably the same for you. Thanks for the motivation and inspiration.

September 8, 2010 at 9:14 pm

Am I an athlete? No.
Can I possibly comprehend what it must be like to ride at 60km/h downhill in the dark? I think not.
37 hours of training in a week…. my gosh, my brain cant even get past how many bags that must be to pack.
Do I know that hummmmmmm? Yes.
Why? Cause I know that my better was better than it was last week.
Love what is going down on your blog, love that I can take it and completely apply it to my very much non-athletic life.
Nicely Done.

September 9, 2010 at 8:06 am

I am so proud of you – you are an inspiration to me! Could I have ever imagined that this would be your achievement when I saw your little face peeping up at Mom and me – I think you are AMAZING …………………thinking of you my boy in all your prep – SO PROUD!

Jamie Who
September 9, 2010 at 12:36 pm

Congrats dude. And you still find time for a beer and a prego? That’s what makes you a legend. Balance. (Although at this rate you’ll need 5 prego’s and a case of wine)

Steve Pitt
September 9, 2010 at 1:06 pm

Keep up the hard work Dude – Balance, Eye on the prize, and bring it back to Bree street..

September 10, 2010 at 9:58 am

What can I say? You are an inspiration! I know you always remember the biggest rule: Enjoy & have fun! Keep your eye on the big goal. If that goal is beign a better better you then you have it down pat. Thinking of you in all this. Luckily you have those around you that understand what you are going through mentally, physically & emotionally. Guy, keep it up – you will reap the rewards


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