“I had a dream. I stopped being scared…’or else’ seems like a stupid thing to say to someone like me.” – Marilyn Manson
One thing that always struck me as awesome was the sense of community among athletes in sports. I am amazed at how many pros I talk to that simply turn over information. Hell, I once coached a pro (for free) for a race where he beat me. I have had countless rides with other elites where we trade tips. Some of us even post our training plans on lines or you can follow them on starve.
Even at spartan race while waiting for the podiums everyone was giving me, the new guy tips on how to improve and that sport has some tricks to it.
It would be easy to say that people are stupid. Or that people just want to show off how much they know. But here is the deeper reality:
There is no secrets. What makes someone able to race at a pro level isn’t knowledge. It’s hard freaking work. Endless, brutal, exhausting work. It’s talent, its durability, it’s passion. We bond, we share, we hang out because at the end of the day there is a small percentage of us that have talent, and even smaller that have talent and have the passion and drive to do the work. Telling someone to do an 8 hour training day isn’t giving away a secrete: it’s a dare.
It’s also why pros mix so freely with non pros (or at least I do). Because regardless of talent we all respect anyone daring enough to line up and do something brutally hard. So what what are you doing in 2017? because I dare you to make it epic.