I think I'm living proof that genetics only explain part of the story. I have ZERO natural athletic gifts. ZERO.But I'm stubborn as the day is long, and it's kinda working out.There's something really beautiful about watching athletes that appear to be naturally gifted -- but genetic talent needs to be honed by hard work, don'tcha think?
Genetics play a part for sure, but I don't think it's the most important thing. Take Lance Armstrong - he probably has a genetic gift for what he does, but if he hadn't worked his a$$ off, he probably wouldn't have achieved what he has. Bruce Lee is another example. I think it’s all about work ethic. Determination. Perseverance. Pick your favorite synonym... to me, genetics only play a small part.
I have no genetic advantages so I know that while genetics help, it is not the end-all. I mean heck, I am a mutt and I got all of the bad traits from each race. My races shall overcome.Webwearecrossfit.blogspot.com
Sometimes our "genetic freakiness" is our inability to hear "you can't/shouldn't/wouldn't/couldn't do that" as anything BUT a challenge to do that very thing.
i think accepting that genetics is part of the game is the only way for people WITHOUT a genetic advantage, to stay the course.i've marathoned, triathloned and crossfitted for the last three years, and i know that whatever gains i've made.. and there have been A LOT -- i will never look like carey, jolie, or crystal.but knowing that, and accepting it, is, i think, half the battle.
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