Bonsai trees, soul surfers and half-pipes
There is a tendency to assume world-class athletes are slaves to numbers, graphs and all things science. While that may very well be true for some, many top-class performers I’ve known over the years actually follow a far more “low tech” approach to their chosen sport. Little known fact: many amateur athletes/weekend warriors are far more “scientific” when it comes to training. Racing is a different story though and however unscientific some elite athletes might, one thing that stands out as commonplace among them is their knowing how to “go to the brink” on race day, training – or lack of – be damned.
On any given early-Saturday morning the small seaside village of Simon’s Town would be quiet and the local beach empty, save for a few fishermen or dog walkers. The naval base would be on weekend “stand easy” as the local cafes would open their doors to local customers and the odd cyclist stopping for a Bar One and Coke.