"This was one of Shorter's secrets: running his easy days easy, and his hard days extremely hard. A simple concept, but so hard to implement for some reason. Most of us make the mistake of going medium-hard all the time. In doing so, we then become the medium runners and not the champions we could be. I am reminded of the neutral angels whom Dante, that great Florentine poet, places in the first circle of Hell, because, he writes, they were neither hot nor cold. In other words, medium. In striving to run and race our best, we should sometimes be hot in our training and other times cold. Hot and cold, hard and easy, stress and recovery."
-Michael Sandrock, 2001
I love that idea, hot and cold, hard and easy, stress and rest. Sounds familiar, doesn't it? :)
P.S. If I am a coach of an athlete who makes the Olympics, and they have an event the day after the Opening Ceremonies, I am making them skip it and go to bed early. Maybe I will let them watch it on TV in their room. Because these things last forever! No way am I letting a lifetime of training get messed up by one long night of listening to Jacque Rogge spout his political BS for five hours.
P.P.S. And that poor luge athlete that died?!? That is so sad, his poor family and that poor team from Georgia. Just horrible, horrible. I hope that country wins a medal, that would be awesome.