Expressions tell a coach a lot of what's going on and quite often, what's going wrong.
The sets that day in Richmond Park were not easy. My legs were blown off, as were my lungs. So Duncan thought this was not the case. He looked upon a calm flowing rythymn, heard and saw the expression of breath and all that follows. It did hurt. All high intensity efforts hurt. So, the only thing to do is breathe and carry on. There are many other tools to bring out and use. All of them assist the effort, none of them are a one stop shop to negating any 'pain' completely.
The trick I have learned, practiced and coached over decades of subjecting myself to high intensity enduring physical efforts, is to open the tool box as soon as the session starts.
When Lawrence says "the trick is not minding that it hurts", he has already gone to the tool box. Coming from years of practicing. In an extraordinary athletes case ( and Lawrence), there are some things that cannot be coached. That's what makes them extraordinary. For some, the thought alone of not minding it hurts is enough to succeed. That for me is an example of where a top Elite athlete excels and the rest of us follow.
They make it look so easy. Yet, we know it is not!
On that day in Richmond Park, it looked like I didn't mind. Years of practicing and never accepting that I am at the ceiling of what can be endured helps to give that impression to the onlooker. Royal Marine training is certainly the closest I have been to the 'Lawrence state of mind'. Even then, there was always a strong nudge from those around us and beside us to not show it. 🧐
Ouch, that bleeding hurts! - what's the trick?".....
* Go to the toolbox early before it starts hurting.
* First recommended tool - the breathing.
* Let the facial expressions be part of the 'make up' that suggest it's easier than it feels.
* Experiencing the hurt is part of the process to NOT minding that it hurts. So practice those things that hurt. Unless you are that extraordinary athlete I described earlier.
* If you EVER think you are suffering, go to the toolbox. Suffering is for those who bring it upon themselves because they are not using their tools effectively (a fool) or being subjected to it by another ( poor coaching for an example). This is presented only in the context of physical training.
* Do you want to add more tools to the box?
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