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  • dennisndennisn Posts: 10,462
    Not sure if anyone mentioned this yet but I seem to recall Ali talking about how the actual boxing match wasn't really the hard part. It was the training required. I'm tempted to believe this is true in most, if not all, sports. Anyone who wants to win at any sport at a pro level has to push himself as hard as possible and stay healthy. That would seem to be the hardest part for everyone. They mostly all push to the limit of what the body will tolerate whether they are cyclists, boxers, swimmers, whatever.
  • cycling5280cycling5280 Posts: 279
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  • singletonsingleton Posts: 1,648
    dennisn wrote:
    Anyone who wants to win at any sport at a pro level has to push himself as hard as possible and stay healthy. That would seem to be the hardest part for everyone. They mostly all push to the limit of what the body will tolerate whether they are cyclists, boxers, swimmers, whatever.

    ^^^ Agreed. Just look at professional cricketers... er, well, okay maybe not, but I agree :).

    And then there's also the elements of skill to add in as well.
  • tailwindhometailwindhome Posts: 15,490
    dennisn wrote:
    Not sure if anyone mentioned this yet but I seem to recall Ali talking about how the actual boxing match wasn't really the hard part. It was the training required.


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  • shinyhelmutshinyhelmut Posts: 1,345
    "the will to win means nothing without the will to prepare"

    Tanzanian multiple marathon winner Juma Ikangaa.
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  • ProssPross Posts: 24,248
    singleton wrote:
    dennisn wrote:
    Anyone who wants to win at any sport at a pro level has to push himself as hard as possible and stay healthy. That would seem to be the hardest part for everyone. They mostly all push to the limit of what the body will tolerate whether they are cyclists, boxers, swimmers, whatever.

    ^^^ Agreed. Just look at professional cricketers... er, well, okay maybe not, but I agree :).

    And then there's also the elements of skill to add in as well.

    You haven't watched much cricket in the last 10 years have you? All sports are taking the physical aspects far more seriously than they did 10 - 20 years ago. Even most pro golfers now have physical training programmes after seeing how Tiger dominated the sport.
  • ocdupalaisocdupalais Posts: 3,767
    "Pass the Haagen Dazs" - Jan Ullrich, winter 97-06 ;)

    "...And that's definitely only Hundreds Und Thousands on the top, ja?" - Jan Ullrich, just before popping out to the Ritzy Nitenclub, June 2002
  • dennisndennisn Posts: 10,462
    "Everyone has a plan until they've been hit." - Joe Louis

    Good one. :lol::lol:
  • mrc1mrc1 Posts: 852
    Pro tour cyclists are clearly highly gifted, well trained and at the top of their game but they only really have to possess one primary attribute which is ridiculous cardio fitness (this is a broad description but you know what I mean).

    Taking nothing away from the cyclists I find the guys that have to mix attributes more impressive. Ie elite rowers and fighters (both boxing and MMA) as they have to be at the top of both the strength/power and cardio side of things. Trying to finely balance those two attributes is pretty impressive.
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  • xscreamsukxscreamsuk Posts: 318
    Or the sport watched by Mr Wiggins, Rugby League, some amazing athletes.
  • RowCycleRowCycle Posts: 367
    Fit enough to not even have to bother with 2 wheels

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