Sometimes even the act of showing up at a workout when your body and psyche are worn out separates a great result from a failure.
Somehow we accept the pitch–otherwise, we’d still be deep in our mattresses, slumbering beneath our blankets. Coaches spend hours in specialized clinics, analyze the latest research on training technique, and experiment with workout schedules in an attempt to defeat time.
Yet there are no shortcuts to winning, and workouts are agonizing.
A few weeks later, on the other side of the Pacific Ocean, my grandfather–who lives in Japan–learned he had stomach cancer.
He has since undergone successful surgery, but we are aware that a full recovery is not guaranteed.
Then it’s back to the pool; the afternoon training schedule features an additional 5,500 yards. The objective is to cut our times by another tenth of a second.
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