8/8/07

Dancing on the edge

Can a genius be satisfied with the mundane and the status quo? I was watching a documentary on movie producer and director Sam Peckinpah. His approach made me thing about this. He was always dancing on the edge, pushing the envelope on what could be done in film. It got me thinking that this was also true in human athletic performance. To be the absolute best, you have to push the envelope; you must dance on the edge. The difference between highest level athlete performance and sickness and injury are balancing on a razor edge. It is almost like you have to be a gunfighter; you must be on the edge, living with the constant realization that there is always someone out there who could be faster.

I am convinced that is why so many athletes will not retire and when they do they have a tough transition to normal life. High level competition and training is an almost constant rush, an adrenaline high necessary to get to the top and stay there.

2 Comments:

At 8/8/07, 9:32 AM, Blogger Adam King said...

Vern, excellent thoughts. I have learned that there is a fine line between training and injury. You push your body to extreme level during training and sometimes you might push too far and sustain an injury but athletes almost always come back to that high level so know one can beat them.

 
At 8/8/07, 4:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"I am convinced that is why so many athletes will not retire and when they do they have a tough transition to normal life"

You are correct! but when these athletes learn how to properly make that transition "it's a good life"

thanks to a simple blog some great books and a lot of passion!

I just wonder how many athletes never make the transtion? and just fad off into the sunset.

 

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