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Cyclist torture in Canberra and surrounds

By johnboy 28 November 2011 31

RideHappy has a fascinating piece on the selection camp for the AIS women’s cycling program.

Very deliberately, we were exhausted physically within the first 3 days. We were given no feedback, either positive or negative. We had no spare time to ourselves. We were never told more than a few hours in advance what challenge we would face next. We were sleep-deprived, woken unexpectedly, and at times not fed. Our challenges took us far outside our comfort zones. Our performances – good or bad – were greeted by blank expressions. Each night, we had intense de-briefs where a few of us would be grilled mercilessly about the decisions we had made that day. We were videoed and interviewed, all the time – constantly under the microscope.

Who’d have thought there’s more to cycling than bicycle bar crawls and not having to pay for parking?

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Sandman 10:46 pm 14 Dec 11

LSWCHP said :

Felix the Cat said :

Getting back to the original topic, who would you all barrack for in the Olympics/Commonwealth Games/other major sporting event if AIS didn’t train our athletes? Do you think we are going to have the best athletes in the world if all they do for training is kick a footy around the oval on a Sunday afternoon for 1/2 an hour or pedal 5km around the lake on their bikes on the ‘shared’ path at 10km/h while dodging pedestrians and dogs? The athletes have to put in maximum effort. They have to hurt like it has never hurt before. They have to give 110%. That’s what the coaches are paid to do. It’s not for everyone but to be the best of the best you’ve gotta do what you’ve gotta do. Cycling/footy/badminton/whatever sport has to be your life.

I wouldn’t barrack for any of the tossers. I’d rather spend my time cheering for my kids, and the hundreds of other kids who participate in sporting activities around this town each weekend. And that’s where I reckon the money should go. It should go to the community in general, and bugger the olympic medals, particularly if this is the sort of madness that is needed to shave that extra millisec off the record.

Would anybody actually feel any pride if an Australian won the 100m at the next olympics by one-thousandth of a second? Would anybody actually say that the winner was a better runner than the person who came second? And if we have to employ methods that many would categorise as torture to win these medals, then what is the point? Who really wins, when we debase ourselves in this manner? The only winners in the long run are not the athletes, because they’ll all be buggered and crippled by their mid thirties. The winners are the bloated gravy train in the IOC et al that feeds off these events.

And to the various folks who responded …

I’m not a bitter high level ex sporting candidate, I just participate in amateur sporting activities, as do my family. I don’t hate cyclists, and in fact I ride my bike all the time. I don’t think the benefits of the AIS flow to the general community. I have friends at CSIRO and applaud their work. I appreciate the benefits of wifi technology…I’m using it now.

My point is that spending a brazillian dollars to achieve nebulous sporting goals via disreputable methods is The Wrong Thing To Do.

Agreed. We’re always going to have elite athletes whether they’ve had $1000 worth of training or $100,000. We don’t need to spend a heap of money on a whole heap of wannabes and a small selection of people who will actually make a career out of it. I’m not a fan of hero-worship in sport. It breeds a huge amount of talentless tossers who take the amateur side of it way too seriously and ruin the fun side of it for everyone else. I did the referee course for touch footy in order to earn a bit of extra cash during uni but after being abused by the captain of some semi serious team of stiff shirts for letting a forward pass through (they were flogging the other team 20-0 at half time and the pass put the losers in their only scoring position of the whole game) I realised that I coudn’t hang around people like that. Only team sport I’ve done since was mixed Netball, which to be truthful wasn’t always just about sport.;)

NoImRight 5:20 pm 14 Dec 11

If it cant kill ya it aint a sport.

Captain RAAF 8:16 am 30 Nov 11

LSWCHP said :

Two post nutjob I know, but what the hell, this really steams me.

If these folks want to experience some real discomfort, and absolutely explode their comfort zones while doing something more useful than pointlessly riding bicycles in circles, then perhaps they could join the army and try a stint of infantry soldiering.

Trust me, it’s harder than any amount of cycling will ever be.

No place for chicks there mate, no place at all. They should stay in the ******* kitchen where they belong! As for cycling and the olympics, gotta agree. The real meaning of the event has been lost, now its an over commercialised, corrupt, irrelevant and out of touch pole smoking session that more and more people can’t be stuffed watching.

Pandy 11:29 pm 29 Nov 11

Toughen up princesses if yer want to suck on the public teat.

LSWCHP 10:42 pm 29 Nov 11

Felix the Cat said :

Getting back to the original topic, who would you all barrack for in the Olympics/Commonwealth Games/other major sporting event if AIS didn’t train our athletes? Do you think we are going to have the best athletes in the world if all they do for training is kick a footy around the oval on a Sunday afternoon for 1/2 an hour or pedal 5km around the lake on their bikes on the ‘shared’ path at 10km/h while dodging pedestrians and dogs? The athletes have to put in maximum effort. They have to hurt like it has never hurt before. They have to give 110%. That’s what the coaches are paid to do. It’s not for everyone but to be the best of the best you’ve gotta do what you’ve gotta do. Cycling/footy/badminton/whatever sport has to be your life.

I wouldn’t barrack for any of the tossers. I’d rather spend my time cheering for my kids, and the hundreds of other kids who participate in sporting activities around this town each weekend. And that’s where I reckon the money should go. It should go to the community in general, and bugger the olympic medals, particularly if this is the sort of madness that is needed to shave that extra millisec off the record.

Would anybody actually feel any pride if an Australian won the 100m at the next olympics by one-thousandth of a second? Would anybody actually say that the winner was a better runner than the person who came second? And if we have to employ methods that many would categorise as torture to win these medals, then what is the point? Who really wins, when we debase ourselves in this manner? The only winners in the long run are not the athletes, because they’ll all be buggered and crippled by their mid thirties. The winners are the bloated gravy train in the IOC et al that feeds off these events.

And to the various folks who responded …

I’m not a bitter high level ex sporting candidate, I just participate in amateur sporting activities, as do my family. I don’t hate cyclists, and in fact I ride my bike all the time. I don’t think the benefits of the AIS flow to the general community. I have friends at CSIRO and applaud their work. I appreciate the benefits of wifi technology…I’m using it now.

My point is that spending a brazillian dollars to achieve nebulous sporting goals via disreputable methods is The Wrong Thing To Do.

mutley 7:06 pm 29 Nov 11

Felix the cat said sportsmen and women set up tax rort foundations.

I think we should set up a form of HECS for AIS athletes. I’ve got no problem with them getting the training etc (although I do wonder about some of the programmes), as it does trickle down, but make them pay it back once they earn to a certain level. Even if they don’t succeed in their sport, once they earn above a certain amount, start paying it back.

Henry82 5:52 pm 29 Nov 11

I don’t get it? the whole thing is optional right? They’re trying to weed out the people who don’t want it that badly, that’s why its tough. I hope they go well through the tests.

OpenYourMind 5:23 pm 29 Nov 11

This post may have attracted the most stupid comments I’ve seen since the Mulley-aclypse!
LSWCHP, maybe you don’t realise just how tough an endurance these girls took on, it’s hard to compare with what soldiers endure, but if you read the article you may have seen “physiologists worked closely with the SAS and commandos” – are those soldiers tough enough for ya?

As for money spent on elite sport. Well, we pride ourselves in being a sporting nation. Sport occupies the attention of nearly all Australians in one way or another. Giving 100% in sport embodies (or at least it used to) being Australian. As others have pointed out, apart from being about Australian pride, the work of the AIS flows out to many areas of our community.

And well done, to the girls in this article. Taking on those tests is a credit to each of you.

Mr Waffle 4:45 pm 29 Nov 11

Reading the article itself, ok, it’s EXACTLY what special forces go through, since it’s designed by them… should’ve read the whole thing first!

Mr Waffle 4:44 pm 29 Nov 11

Sounds similar to the selection trials that soldiers go through when they sign up for special forces…

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