My Race Car

I love the visualization created by a “race car.”

Race Car!
Race Car!

It not only exceeds the speeds of anything that you and I drive, it also has a lot in common with human body when asked to perform like an athlete.

Imagine if this race car, with all of its performance expectations, had some sub-standard components installed on it.  What would happen if we put Honda Civic sort of tires on the car because they were readily available?

There would be consequences. At the very least, it would be beaten by cars with equivalent drivers and engines that were using the best tire for the job, not the Honda Civic tires.

What might happen if we put regular gas in this race car and tried to race against others who were utilizing racing fuel?  No doubt, we would lose, even if we had a faster motor that the other cars.  We wouldn’t have the efficiency that the other cars have.  To ask it another way, what if our race preparation included the use of 85 octane and we only used 100 octane for the race itself?  To begin, we wouldn’t have experience with the more efficient fuel source and we would have to “learn as we go” how to best use this “new” fuel.  We would be at a disadvantage to all of those drivers and race teams that use racing fuel day in and day out and are familiar with the performance of racing fuel.

As I work with other athletes, and sometimes when I am alone, I am tempted to use convenient cheapo gas.  Drive through food, food-in-a-box and food with shelf life of spent nuclear fuel are right in front of me, at every convenience store and grocery in my community.  Even with my knowledge of nutrition and the benefits of eating smart and the consequences of cheating, the temptation remains.  I like my cheapo gas, now and then.

What should be our response?

We already know the answer.  If you want to win, you should behave and act like a winner would, every time.  Eat to win and treat your body using the best fuels possible.  Did I really have to take the time to say that?

Race Car, when presented with racing fuel after using cheapo gas for an extended period.
Race Car, when presented with racing fuel

Yes, I did.  It starts with the “conversion” that we have to go through when we leave the world of cheapo gas and migrate towards the consistent use of racing fuel.  To translate, to be winners, we need to abandon gas station food and migrate towards real food.

We all resist.  We see it in children when they are given real food and are told that they cannot have the packaged food anymore.  This kid lost her Pop-Tart and had to eat chicken and rice.  See her response?  That dissatisfaction of the loss of junk food doesn’t go away just because you are an adult or are an athlete.  That desire for cheapo fuel has to be untaught.

Race Car, consistently using  racing fuel.
Race Car, consistently using racing fuel.

However, once we are migrated over to eating real food, the act of choosing what to put in our tank is a non-event, and we appreciate its effects literally, all the time.

What cheapo fuel do you need to stop putting in your race car?

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