RJ: You met Jeremy thru David Bailey a while back. What were your first impressions?
Todd: I started with a person who I wanted to see what his true intentions were. He had just come off of what’s considered a loss by him and many others – second place in the AMA/EA Sports Supercross Series. Jeremy lost the title, and it hurt him a lot.
He vowed to do whatever it takes to improve his training. I know what that entails, and he didn’t have a history of those habits. It’s easy to say you’ll do anything, especially right after a defeat.
I actually didn’t talk to him much right after that. I told him to take a break, get some rest, go on a little vacation, and get settled. If you still really want to do this, we’ll talk.
I went over to his house, and, maybe this sounds corny, but I could see it in his eyes … he wanted to do it. We went on our first bicycle ride shortly there after. We went 50 miles, and he didn’t draft behind me or anything. He rode right beside me right out of the box on our first workout. Right away, I could tell he was willing to do whatever it took to improve.
As we’ve come along since then, I can see how integrated his mind and body are.
RJ: What have you done?
Todd: My background is as a professional tri-athlete. Being a tri-athlete involves obsessive, beyond healthy amounts of training. I’ve done 14 Ironman distance events, 9 of them in Hawaii, and tons of other events. I was racing and training with the best in the business. One of my best buddies is Scott Tinley. We’ve done tons of miles together. I learned the hard way where the edge of the table was. I learned what is too much, and what is too little. And especially thru Ironman I learned the emotional part of being a competitor and champion. Some of those lessons were learned by losing. That teaches how not to reach your potential. You don’t learn as much by victory. That was part of Jeremy too. In winning all those championships he didn’t have to train like he is training now. He was winning, but he wasn’t maximizing himself.
RJ: How about mental toughness. Where does Jeremy rate?
Todd: Jeremy will not lose. He might get beat, but he definitely will not lose – there is a difference. He has that emotional component that it’s never over. He’s a tough guy to compete against. Anyone that beats him will pay in terms of sacrifice. He can’t guarantee victories, but he can put up with pain, discomfort, and suffering as well as any tri-athlete. Jeremy is willing and able to withstand very high heart rates for a long period of time.
RJ: David Bailey and I were talking about the hundreds of miles we would put in during a week of training. With it being just a short time away from the first race of the season, what are you guys doing?
Todd: During a 10 week period, we did not go over a certain heart rate during our training. We did that on purpose. We wanted to prepare a huge foundation so we can build a tall building. As we get closer to that first event, we are doing training that is more specific to what his body will go thru anaerobically during a main event. With what we are doing now, Jeremy will tell you the main events will be easier physically than what we do during the week. Jeremy also told me if motorcycle racing were this hard all the time (as with our training) he wouldn’t want to do it. Right now, Jeremy can do about 45 minutes at his maximum heart rate on a climb up Palomar Mountain (steep grade in San Diego).
I’m really looking forward to see what Jeremy can do. As I said, he’ll have to be beaten …. because he won’t lose.