This morning I finished The World’s Fastest Man and what a great reminder it was. Major Taylor lived hard and loved harder. He accomplished much in his hard 53 years. He fought racism and forged friendships with those unlike him. He trained hard and compromised little. He frequently failed on his way to leveling up. He loved harder and yet died alone far from family and friends.
As a cyclist, I’m surprised to just now learn of Major Taylor. He has cycling clubs named after him all over our great, divided, messy, and magnificent country. Funny, the first one was established right here in Columbus, Ohio. Who knew. The book ends with an appendix dedicated to his training regime back in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. No smoking or drinking dominated his disciplines. Good food. Lots of water. Interval training. Strength training. Lots of rest, recovery, and massage. And, of course, core strength. Major knew that nothing mattered more than a strong core and back. Nothing.
Build your strong core and CORE, friend. Never stop the work on your physical core. Never stop the work on your BTL CORE. Life is hard. Always has been. Always will be. Prepare now for the coming storms. This current crisis is training. Get through this iteration. More are coming. Slow down and reflect. Are you building a strong core and CORE? Do more than you think. Do more core work. Good.
Live hard. Love harder…