Richard eagle's eye for the kinetics of the human body left me in awe. He knows and sees all biomechanical details of our movements (flawed or not). Any athlete (professional or aspirational like myself) who happens to be lucky to come under his close scrutiny is bound to profit from his thorough evaluation. What impressed me most was the way he transfers his knowledge: tips, analogies, examples are spot on! He just gets under your skin. A definite A-ha experience. Michelle, on her part, is the embodiment of soft power. She has her hands everywhere, organising, cooking, managing, coaching, training and taking everybody under her motherly wings. This all is done with minimum effort, of course (well, at least she makes it look easy).
The one week with them made me realise that triathlon is not a sport but a way of life, which requires a special mindset. By observing Sam and little Jake, both in their physical skills and sheer determination, one can be easily tempted to believe that such mindset is an inherited feature, genetically determined. My only hope is that this suspicion will be proven wrong and such feature may be at the end of the day acquired (after much sweating and hard work). For triathletes, however, sweating and hardwork are soothing, pleasant words, and the (in)famous brick sessions a stroll in the woods...
Thanks for everything,