Ryder Hesjedal is a freak of nature.
- The average healthy adult male has a lung capacity of 6 litres.
- Cycling god Lance Armstrong has a lung capacity of 7 litres.
- Ryder Hesjedal has a lung capacity of 8.3 litres.
And “while lung capacity isn’t everything, the ability to suck in vast amounts of air means you can pump more oxygen into your blood, and that translates into enhanced performance”.
But his freaky huge lungs aren’t why he’s a super-motivator.
He’s a super-motivator because of his ability to endure physical suffering and will his body to keep pedaling when every neuron in his brain is SCREAMING at him to STOP!!!
“I really think it’s more mental,” he said. “Cycling is just the ability to keep fighting and telling your body to keep moving. You decide when you think the suffering is too much. I just keep suffering and punishing myself.”
Think about that the next time your grumbly-tummy is telling you to pig out…or you “feel” like watching tv instead of getting some exercise.
Be like Ryder…and do what you should do…instead of what you want to do.