This is Not For You – Answering What’s Your Weakness?

If you can’t answer that simple question: What’s Your Weakness, perhaps this article isnt for you. Maybe you can, read on.

The EC doors are always open. We aren’t an elitist bunch; reserving spots only for people who podium. Sure, we have quite a few athletes who regularly turn up on the podium, but we aren’t exclusive to that. An EC Athlete is everything more than just a talented or experienced athlete. 

An EC Athlete is one willing to work.

So, if you aren’t willing to work then EC isn’t for you. I know – harsh.

But truth be told, that’s the way it has to be.

Last month, I had to say that to an athlete who enquired about joining endurancecollab. And I am ok with that.

We aren’t elitist in the aforementioned sense, but we are not willing to work with athletes who don’t fit specific criteria. This isn’t about on;y having the “best” athletes. This isn’t even a marketing tactic. This is about creating a group of like-minded athletes who are willing to put in the work.

The athlete I said no to: wasn’t willing.

He certainly was willing to talk about how badly he wanted to race faster. And how much he thought he needed to do to get there. I was given a list of figures: watts/kg, run splits, typical training hours..the whole deal. We spoke about his $15K race bike and his efforts to gain sponsorship (and maybe even a pro-card!). We spoke about everything that isn’t important.

But when I asked him what his limiting factors were, he replied: none.

Bullshit.

Everyone has a weakness they need to work on. Everyone. I am not even going to list the names of champion athletes who have conquered their shortfalls to reach the top.

You see, if you are willing to work on your weaknesses, and instead only focus on what you are “good” at (i.e. over-reaching on the bike and clutching to run well – just an example) then you are not prepared to do the work. It means you want the cherry, but you aren’t prepared to put in the required effort to get there.

Which also means that when things get prickly, or you start to confuse fatigue with exhaustion or you start to stagnate, you aren’t going to be willing to work on the things that will turn it around.

That’s simply not how we roll.

If you aren’t ready to roll up the sleeves and get your hands dirty. Then this isn’t for you. And I don’t just mean EC. I mean endurance sports in general.

It’s never smooth sailing, so you have to be willing to ride it out. The good and the bad and all that’s between.

An athlete not willing to do the work has the wrong attitude. And one of the beautiful things about long hours of endurance is that there is no place for a bad attitude. That thread unravels fast.

If your swim is a limiting factor in your SBR performance, then you have to prioritise that to ensure you progress athletically. If hills freak you out, then you have to learn how to ride them. If clutching on for the run is your race strategy, then you need to change how you train and race. If your nutrition is rubbish, but you want to go to Kona then guess what: you need to work on that.

The less weak points you have, the more resilient an athlete you will be. It doesn’t happen overnight – nothing in this sport does. It takes dedication through weeks of continual practice. Looking for areas to improve on, analysing what is important and letting go of the garbage.

That takes work. 

I think I have made it clear: if you aren’t willing to work at it, then this is not for you.