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  • February11th

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    From Tom Hardy.  Taken from Details interview.

    What does it mean to become a better man? A great man?

    A great man is largely forgotten by the public. He doesn’t stand on top of a mountain waving a flag saying, “Look at me—I’m a great man.” A great man often disappears into the ether. Hardly anyone notices that he was even there, apart from his family and close friends. He was reliable. He showed up. He was there. He was useful where he could be. He made mistakes. Tried to make better of those mistakes. Doesn’t mean you have to cure cancer or understand the theory of relativity. It’s not necessarily as rock-and-roll or as cool as you might think. Part of being a great man is accepting that. To dare to be average and normal is actually a pathway to becoming a great man. To have more humility. To accept responsibility more. To just get on with what’s in front of your face. And to leave no fucking indelible mark of your ever being here, apart from the fact that you were there for your family to the best of your ability. It’s not an easy task. I’ll probably fuck it up.

  • February10th

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    A few weeks back it was very cold – the garage was numbing, the bars hurt my hands and the wind kept blowing snow into my face while I lifted. Just one of those days. And all I could think was “there are a million places I’d rather be than here.”

    It was fucking miserable. So many of my training days have been miserable. I can’t count how many practices I’ve been in where it was worse. I’ve played in -30 below weather a couple different times. I’ve run conditioning when it’s over 110 degrees.

    And they all sucked.

    And never did I ever think I was hardcore.

    Hardcore is a pretty new term in training – before you just tried to work harder than the next guy in hopes of performing better later. It had nothing to do with how big your training dick was. I don’t know a single person who has perspective that measures his training by how hardcore he is. Not one single person. A real competitor would never let his competition know about his training – I’m sure everyone and his mother has read Sun Tzu; appear weak when you are strongest, etc., Why would I want the other teams to know our guys were out running hills before they even got out of bed? Hell, they might take some notes!

    The point is hardcore is a term made up by people who aren’t hardcore. It’s used by pretenders. It’s used to motivate those that need some rah-rah bullshit to get them up before a lift. And therein lies the rub. Those who have trained, consistently, year in, year out, no matter the weather, day or circumstances don’t need motivation. They have discipline. And that’s why you train when it’s the last thing you want to do.

    Pegg and Wendler: prior to too many pregnancies

    Pegg and Wendler: prior to too many pregnancies