But hasn’t Sanders stated that God gave him triathlon as a way out of his former life? If that is so, shouldn’t Sanders path be set straight to the podium year after year in every and any event he signs up? Has God turned his back on Sanders?
I truly believe God was there when Sanders was on the verge of overdosing or hanging himself or whatever it was he was going to do, and I believe God is still with Sanders, the problem is that Sanders isn’t with God. The problem is not the ‘what‘ its Sanders’ ‘how‘. How Sanders trains disrespects his body – he tortures himself until he moans, groans, and grunts, he hurts himself over and over, inflicting pain in pursuit of another endorphin high believing that this is how you are supposed to train in pursuit of your potential. It isn’t. The path to your potential does not destroy the temple which is your body, the temple where God is supposed to reside within you. Why would God want to reside in a temple/body constantly being attacked, damaged, beaten up, punished? Think about it.
Ego driven thrill seekers do not train, they use hi intensity interval & threshold training to damage themselves and like Sanders states… willing to damage themselves to the point of death if that is what it takes.
Athletes train: with love – for what they get to do, with joy – grateful that training is what they get to do and they express that joy in how they train: with gentleness and kindness towards themselves, towards their competitors; with the self discipline to train respecting that their body is a temple, with the self discipline to train smart, not stupid; with the self discipline to stop seeking short cuts and respect that the long way is the short cut.
Ego drive thrill-seekers beat themselves believing ‘more pain = more gain’.
Athletes train in pursuit of health: physical, mental and emotional health.
How one trains is evident by how they race.
How do you race? Angry? Scared? Scared stupid?
How do your children compete? Anxious? Fearfilled? Terrified but put on a brave face to save face in front of you? Perhaps they no longer compete because the level of fear that comes with competing is so overwhelming that it either paralyzes their little bodies, or shakes them to their core.
The bible says “fear not” 365 times, therefore our training should be to become fear-less. Training should be building you into a fearless warrior, like a David, like a Paul. If it isn’t, then your training is doing the opposite… and that is how training can be as unhealthy, as addictive, as detrimental as an addiction to the most deadly drugs. Unhealthy training leads to only one end, the dead-end of death.
Lionel… God gave you life once at birth, and again He gave you life when you contemplated death, and He gave you triathlon as an out from drugs, but He did not give you triathlon as an alternative way of harming yourself, damaging yourself, killing yourself. Please stop trying to kill yourself with triathlon. Just because society approves of addiction or of an addiction does not mean its healthy, nor is it right or good just because society celebrates you, cheers you on, has chosen you as its representative. Consider what exactly society is cheering you for representing and you may not be so happy with the crown.
Please stop modelling that training and racing to death is ‘the way to go’. Please consider that there are young athletes – as in children – who look up to you, want to look up to you, but you confuse them by stating that are you willing to die as a result of doing what you love to do (and effectively stating that God wants you to kill yourself through the path He gave you to escape death… no Lionel, don’t kill yourself with drugs… kill yourself with triathlon instead?? Like that makes much sense).
Please consider that there is an alternative way to addictive training, that there is another way to live life other than through addictive behaviour patterns.