She’s paraphrasing two articles, but it’s a good paraphrase, and I think you should check out Sarah Clatterbuck’s latest blog entry.
I haven’t stopped thinking about it since I stumbled across this a couple of days ago. It reinforces how much I detest the word “talent.” Please allow me to rant a little bit, but it’s something I’ve heard my whole life, and it never got me anywhere. Fortunately, I’ve had a few coaches who instead pounded it into my head that if you try really hard, it feels good. If I didn’t have swimming in my life, specifically with my coach Steve Morsilli at the Pleasanton Seahawks, I never would have figured this out.
But then you have to read the second part of Sarah’s blog, which is about the latest research that indicates that long bouts of anaroebic excercise can have adverse affects on one’s long term health, and can even shorten your life span.
So I have no idea if this was Sarah’s intent, but the last time I climbed White’s Hill with the group, I struggled between trying as hard as I could and feeling good about the effort and fearing that I might not live to see 92.