Saunas, ego and nurturing personal instinct
When does education stop?
This was the title of a stirring essay by the late James A. Michener, a highly acclaimed author of family saga novels with historical and geographical themes. I've got a printed out copy of Mr. Michener’s piece at home and have re-read it many times. I must admit to a feeling of intense motivation each time I read the essay, although I’m not always sure exactly what I’m motivated for. One thing I do know is that writings like these have led to a constantly evolving personal perspective of many things over the years as well as an unquenchable thirst for knowledge.
A famous former Le Tour winner once related how he loved testing his limits. In an attempt to understand his own physiology as well as the equipment he had at his disposal, the rider in question referenced such seemingly mundane examples as seeing how far a seat pin could be tightened until the thread stripped to observing his how his sleep patterns evolved through intended bouts of over training. One of his contemporaries even gauged his personal physical “hardness” by seeing how long he could stay in a sauna at pre-Grand Tour training camps!