I’ve done various ultra-endurance events before: cycling solo 3000 miles in under 3 weeks, cycling 12 hours straight (221 miles), swimming 6 hours without so much as a drink break, and dancing for 24 hours without even stopping to eat. I push myself to see how far and fast my body can go; to see how much my will can propel me and my focus can sustain me; to see what I can accomplish. I do not care to see how far supplements or drugs can take me. I want the full human experience of mobility, and pain and soreness are important parts of that, giving valuable feedback, empowering me with necessary and relevant information. Shortcuts are for those focused on the destination, who forget that life is what happens to us on the journey. Instead of popping painkillers like candy, eat better (fresh, whole food) and train smarter (including rest and recovery).