I wanted to highlight something he wrote today:
....that said however, as I reflect on the events of that and subsequent days, I can see a degree of capacity there that many didn't have. There was a lot of sprinting, lifting, and digging going on. I truly believe, that had I been anywhere in town that had required me to move objects, climb, jump, run, dodge, or weave, to get out alive, I would have backed myself to the hilt to give it the best go I could, simply because the training I do gives me that capacity. Several buildings had their stairwells separate from the building itself (some catastrophically). Could I have got myself down a couple of floors if I had to? Yes I think I could. I can jump gaps, lift objects getting on for twice my own mass, fit into tight gaps, crawl, climb... To me, that is stacking the deck in one's favour. I might not get out of every situation, but I would sure as hell try and wouldn't go down passively without a fight.
The base of all of this? Strength. At no point throughout the initial aftermath, and in the days after, did the ability to function at a high level of my maximum aerobic output have any use whatsoever. Strength formed the basis of everything I did. And it gave me a degree of confidence in everything I did.
Two important ideas there:
- Skill - movnat style. Erwan talks about learning skills that will allow you to survive - run for your life, crawl etc. You won't survive on the basis of your elliptical trainer ability
- Strength - is fundamental to all skills
This stuff - and all Jamie's writings - should give you pause for thought