I think this video is funny too. And I don’t think for a second that it’s meant to be taken seriously. But still, “Neal Maddox eats donuts; so why can’t we?”
That’s one of those surly questions that we say with a smirk and a pause. It’s like the guy standing on the ledge of a skyscraper acting like he’s going to jump, but for some reason he’s having a conversation with the psychologist at the window. Sometimes we just want someone to talk us down before we plummet.
The day that Maddox video hit I got a few texts saying the same things athletes say when they see Froning eat jars of peanut butter – why can’t we do the same?
“We can,” I always respond. “But we probably shouldn’t.”
Today I call this “The Rich Froning effect.” It’s being awesome despite all logic. It comes up so often that now it kicks off our nutrition seminar that we have been giving for the past three years.
Froning, the fittest man in the world – twice, eats peanut butter and drinks milk all the time. And rumor has it, Maddox who took 20th at the Games last year, likes pastries. But who doesn’t?
I call these men the exceptions amongst the rules. And more than likely, if we mimic their lifestyle, we won’t get the same feedback.
To me, Rich Froning, Neal Maddox, and other athletes like them, are old beater trucks that will run forever no matter what you do to them, no matter what you put into them. They are that type of machine that is produced to handle lots of work. The rest of the population are more like Ferrari’s. They only run on the best fuel. They only corner well with new tires. And when they dent, no regular mechanic can fix it, it takes a specialist.
These guys are amazing athletes who perform feats most of us marvel at. We should applaud them for it. They’re warriors like few before them. But celebrating doesn’t mean mimicking. And most of us don’t need science, or experience to know donuts and peanut butter isn’t exactly premium octane.
Unexplainable exceptions will always exist. Life is just, not fair. And comparisons can make you better, or make you crazy.
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