Some coaches think that the body part that needs the most training is the one that sits just between your ears. Dr Tim Noakes is a exercise physiologist with a reputation for ruffling the feathers of his medical colleagues. This fascinating piece from ‘The Walrus’, discusses Noakes’ theory of the ‘Central Governor’ – a part of the brain that he claims applies the handbrake to our bodies’ desire to push to the limit – alongside the story of Canadian marathoner Reid Coolsaet’s efforts to take himself beyond what he thought was possible, and qualify for the Olympic Games.
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