Here is an article published in the NY Times, you may have already come across it, if not, it’s worth a read.
Jornet is an outlier in all realms and he makes me delight in the idea that there really is something to be said for stopping to smell the roses.
The article on Jornet juxtaposed with Dr. Joe Vigil’s Achievement Triangle makes me think two things:
1. I can not wait to live and train at altitude
2. There is beauty in pain
Let me elaborate on number 2…
Jurnet stops to eat berries and take in sunrises, Dr. Vigil tells us the great ones get comfortable with being uncomfortable…is that where Jurnet feels most at home, so much so he chooses movement over sleep or food?
There is something to pushing yourself to the height of your physical capabilities – an awareness that comes with finding the edge. For some (like Jornet) it may come mid experience or perhaps never leave. For others the awareness follows like an afterglow. Regardless of how the experience of finding your edge manifests – there is a deep truth that comes with performing their because there is no faking it.
You can’t bluff the sweat and blood pumping through your system. It’s real. It’s truth. And perhaps I am taking this too far but I believe there is unequaled beauty in truth.
So in the midst of your highest heart rates, your lactic thresholds, while braving fatigue…can you find peace? Can you embrace your edge a dance with discomfort? Can you stop, if just for a split second, to remark on the beauty of the sunrise?