February 4, 2011

Show me the heroes…

I am a big fan of heroes, but I am fantatical about the sports which are littered with fallen heroes. The sports I love are filled with guys like Luc van Lierde, Marco Pantani & Michael Phelps. This hurts me because I realise the sports I love reward workload and effort and these are two elements I am extremely passionate about. I am lucky enough to spend time with some of the top guys in a variety of sports and I KNOW the work that goes into being the best. Into being better than your better.

I know that at the top of each of these sports, there are 15-20 guys who can win at race at any given time of the season.

I know that they all do more or less the same workload in terms of volume. It’s much bigger than you and I care to admit. MUCH.

I have done only a few weeks in my life where my volume equaled what these guys are pushing week in, week out, month in, month out. Guys like James Cunnama, Conrad Stoltz, Stuart O’Grady, Ryan Sandes. These are people I have spent time with. They do it week in, week out. Their volumes kill me because I am not adapted to deal with it. I have zero doubt in my mind that they are doing it clean, so why the guys who give up and take the easier route.

That’s just it, the easier route.

In some sports, I think the problems are so wide spread that we end up with guys who have this outlook. That it’s not possible. I realise he is a contentious issue but I truly love this video I had up a while ago. Here is the repeat…

“Who says?”

Who says you can’t take your bike outside this weekend and ride 40km, which is more than you have ridden in the last 10 years of your life?

Who says you can’t train to run a 50km trail run at the end of the year?


Who says you are never going to be enough at anything you ever do? Who in their right minds listens to stuff like that when you have the opportunity to watch stuff like this?

How do you make the decision to say “I quit, I cannot do anymore”? Where are your heroes to reference when times get tough? Who do you reference when times get tough, to find your inspiration? What is considered “normal” for you when it comes to digging deep? Where are your heroes and what do they do? Here are some of my heroes and they are an apt description for why I choose to live this crazy life of pushing boundaries and limits and fatigue and and and…

My heroes are going far beyond what is “required”. I’m pushed by them and they make me believe that anything I want could be mine with enough time and pressure…

Where are your heroes?

4 Comments on “Show me the heroes…

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February 10, 2011 at 1:26 am

the.urban-ninja! How did you get to be This blog is always a source of inspiration for training for my first IM 70.3! and a good guide for advice on balance and reminding myself that there are other people out there who choose to live a beautiful life. To quote one of my favorites: “Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.” Ralph Waldo Emerson.

February 10, 2011 at 5:46 am

also- a few of my hero’s/favorite sports moments:

Kona 2010 ‘the handshake, never gets old’ :

Anything is Possible, Anything is possiblleee! :

February 11, 2011 at 2:10 pm

how can you not believe in and love the man – no matter what stories are out there – HE IS AN AWESOME INSPIRATION!!!


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