“Many athletes jeopardize their training by…training. Overstress is counterproductive to the training concept and is a mark of the immature athlete. More effort is not always wise.” – steve ilg, THE OUTDOOR ATHLETE (1985)


Most Noble Sangha,

gotta say…it’s a crazy Wisdom working as a coach, personal fitness trainer,  yoga instructor, and bodyworker…

i transformed one of my students of yoga/bodywork – a former National Champion in his sport – back to the top ten of last weekends’ National CycleCross Championships in Austin, TX.   one year ago?  his body was like the fabled tale of Zumbaks’ Suit;  all twisted and contorted and full of deep cellular, neural, and hormonal imbalance from decades of professional cycling without a wholistic coach in his corner.

in the past two months i’ve begun work with two other students;  both cyclists and between them they have spent over 3 surgeries across 3 countries to the tune of $60,000 and are still in pain.

surgery, my Noble Friends,  is NOT the entire solution, many times.

and, from a spiritual perspective?  as i’ve taught you for decades since my own spinal paralysis:   “Surgery cuts more than mere flesh;  it cuts your samskara, your karma,  your Soul Force…so be careful before choosing to get cut.”

today,  i had a great 75-minute ski on our little ski course in town.  Father Sky has Blessed us to reopen our in-town ski course – a course i used to take for granted as i chi-ld –

oops,  burning dinner for Dewa…be right back…

well,  see, the thing is?

after these many decades of doing the Wholistic Fitness® practices and principles?  i kinda fell into a(nother) spontaneous Bliss skiing – no, soaring – across the mid-morning ski course having the contentment of countless hours of high intensity/high volume in my thigh and lung cells,  feeling the freshness of my HP Yoga® PROP WORKOUT core answer each torso flexion/extension with peerless verve…as i ran my pre-race visualizations for this c(om)ing weekends’ huge racing?   feeble ilg just smiled and though my EGO (ahamkara) DESIRED more skiing to ‘get ready’?   my Higher Mind (manas) was to the forefront because of the Bliss State (Buddhi) produced thus far on the skiing…


instead of doing MORE (like what most athletes do)?

FEEBLE ILG FINALLY BEGAN ASSIMILATING THE TEACHINGS which have run through my feeble conduit (body/mind) and
pulled the plug at minute 75…

let’s see if it pays off this weekend at Chama, shall we?


back to dinner for the Daughter that chose to c(om)e through Joy and i…

i’ve got one Overall Win and a 4th place AG thus far…

if you enjoyed this Teaching and have yet to contribute to my winter racing fund?  trust ilg;  i soooooo need your help!  (true story: had to choose today between paying overdue bills or buying racing wax for Chama;  i chose the wax)

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