- Sep 24, 2009
Burnout is probably lost hope.ChrisE said:can you please explain to me what "burnout" is? Particularly in the life of a rich retired bike pro? WTH is he burned out from? Eating donuts? Methinks this is a bunch of BS but I am willing to be pursuaded otherwise. If I was in his position the only burnout I would be doing would be in my Ferrari (no pun intended).
I know alot of blue collar people that live check to check, have pressures, etc. whose life issues seem much more extreme than JU's. Yet, I rarely see the burnout card played. Maybe when I learn more about it I can let them know they probably have it to and they can get some medication.
The fact that he is rich and retired probably makes it all worse.
Boris Becker also spoke about being despondent shortly after his big wins. All the training and practice kept his mind off his mental state, then he won, and he found he didn't feel much better about himself, plus he then had down time to think a lot.
What he may be burned out from is that he reached the top and found that it didn't alleviate his problems or satisfy him. He's a big celebrity in Europe and could have his pick of the litter women wise, but that doesn't make him happier either.
A lot of blue collar people who are living check to check still have hope for a better day.
Most of the people on here ride bikes. Very few have made it to the top so they are still striving for improvement and that gives them a kind of joy, to improve. Many forumites also like going to the bike shop and getting a new bike or group and look forward to riding a bike they worked on or just purchased. Ironically, Jan, who was one of the best, probably doesn't derive much pleasure from a 2 or 3 hour spin. Most likely he's a prisoner of other people's expectations; hence a dissapointment for what could have been.
I myself just like getting out on the bike for some alone time. I like the feel of fitness and having some spring in my step.
It's kind of obvious that he doesn't have perspective, which also makes his problems worse. For normal everyday people, getting perspective isn't easy. Here's a guy who reaches heights very few people reach and everyone around him acts accordingly. How's he going to have perspective? Maybe the best way is to serve and be of use to others?
I really hope for the best for him, and hope he gets some relief from his anguish.