Here is why that is the biggest waste of time…
In addition to the optic and oculomotor and vestibucocchlear cranial nerves there is another key cranial nerve that Sanders likely crushed the crap out of in his ‘bearing down’ on the Queen K Highway… CRANIAL NERVE X – the VAGUS nerve. Why should Sanders care about his vagus nerve and what he is doing to it in training and racing? Because the vagus nerve is the critical nerve supplying the visceral organs of the respiratory, digestive and urinary systems and is also important in the control of heart rate, broncho-constriction (i.e. breathing) and digestive processes.
Wait a tick… did you say that the vagus nerve is related to digestive processes… you mean like digesting water, you mean like to ensure proper absorption of water and nutrients from the intestines preventing dehydration and ‘bonking’? No way!
You mean Sanders shitty core strength which results in shitty cycling technique (add in no bike handling skills) requiring him to bear down onto his bike causing himself to compress his cranial nerves to the point that he causes his own dehydration and bonking… no way!
Failed hydration/nutrition strategy… what bull!
Want to know why its always a failed hydration/nutrition strategy?
How many coaches know that there are such things as cranial nerves, let alone where they are located, what are their function, or how possibly an athlete could impact the function of their nervous system by digging really really deep? Few, very very few.
And cranial nerves are just one aspect of human anatomy, every problem isn’t a cranial nerve problem either. On top of knowing human anatomy, and biomechanics, and physiology and basic psychology / sport psychology, coaches should have an understanding of many other subjects but most of all disease and how its caused because if coaches don’t understand the mechanisms of injury, illness and disease… they become part of the problem.
Hence why so many athletes are injured, ill, or worse.
Yet how many individuals claim that they are qualified to coach athletes of all levels?
Yet how many actually can coach an athlete to goals without compromising on health, without causing health issues? Few, very very few.
Stop trusting those who are un/under-educated and in/under experienced with your health. Don’t be their test subjects! Who cares if they are passionate? Who cares if they are a former athlete, even a former pro athlete? Ignorant is ignorant, period. No amount of ‘happy positive’ thinking or hype is gonna give them the tools they need in order to coach anyone properly let alone make up for a basic (forget expert level) understanding of human physiology, biomechanics, etc…
Find a coach who is worthy of being trusted, instead of hoping that your coach can be trusted because in the end… its your health, its your well-being, its your life.