Training for Life
by Jan Hugo Svendsen
I started writing this month's column while sitting in the airport on my way to Italy to meet Gordo for a week of training. That’s big travel to connect with the guy who provides me with my training plans. Somebody asked me what I was training for this year and I didn't have a clear answer at the time. Actually, I still don’t have one. I'm wondering if my big training month will gives me some answers.
Nothing makes me happier than riding my bike for a long training day. That is sometimes hard to understand for some people since I spend so much of my training suffering in the cold. Still, I always miss the tough conditions when they're gone. Why? Maybe the extreme makes things clear or it could be that the training shuts down my mind and creates space in my life in general.
I used to think that my breakthrough came when I took stage honor into Umeå while holding the entire camp off when I was riding across Sweden with Jonas Colting and the gang. I was crowned King of the Day!
More recently, I thought my breakthrough was my 2nd in UMUK.
But, when I really reflect, have either of those events changed me in any way? No.
Then what has changed me?
So far this season it seems like training for life suits me better. I like the idea of lifetime fitness. It is not just a project to tune my body weight, it is actually an opportunity to create a healthy life.
There are so many areas in my life in general that have changed for the better after I started triathlon. My real breakthrough came to me when I realized that:
When it comes to Gordo's leadership I still keep reflect on why he didn't give me water when I was dehydrated towards the end of a 7-hour hot ride. Why he smoked me running up Left Hand Canyon. That's what families do for each other sometimes -- it is a lot about teaching, learning, self-discovery and fun. Over my life I have had three periods of my life that I value a lot and each of them have changed the way I live or made me breakthrough into my next level of the life. All three of them I consider as my family.
I think there is a correlation between the officer education the Norwegian Army gave me and EC. They sometimes put you under extreme pressure and you learn a ton in a very short timeframe, both about yourself and your team. I have not been in the EC family for a very long time, still I know a lot about all of them.
Find a group that can help you grow in ways you never expected. Choose your family wisely -- it can make you breakthrough to a new level of living.
Jan Hugo is a Norwegian triathlete and longtime EC team member. He finished second in the inaugural Ultraman UK in 2011. You can learn more about Jan at VikingTri.com.