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Believe Everything You Read

left a good job in the city, working for the man every night and day, and I
never lost one minute of sleeping worryin’ about the way things might have
Creedence Clearwater Revival

When you’re cruising through
the latest literature, don’t unwittingly believe all that you see. Just because
it’s in a magazine doesn’t make it necessarily right for you. Don’t change your
whole training plan based on a single article in a monthly magazine or on line
journal, even if it’s from a source you ordinarily trust. Think, evaluate,
question. You know yourself, and your limitations, best. Ask around, mentors,
friends, valued sources. Then, if this new approach makes sense, incorporate it
into your training or racing and watch carefully for success or failure. Change
only one thing at a time. Also, you’re watching for the least sign of

After all, asbestos used to be the insulator of choice. And what
would you say if someone asked you to make a bicycle frame from cloth….”It’s
got carbon fibers!” they exclaim.

So, each time you read a “Get in Tour
de France Shape in 3 weeks,” maybe there’s a role for this in your life….or
maybe not.

Be the careful consumer when someone tells you that watermelon seeds are
absolute cure for swimmer’s shoulder.  If it seems too far out of the
ordinary, it probably is.