Imagine you’re built like Michael Phelps, with a long torso, and arms and legs that slice through the water. Early in your life, however, everyone around you starts insisting you should be a jockey. Swimming is no longer trendy, and anyone with any kind of sense knows that he should be racing horses.
So you and your body, which is totally unsuited for horse racing, head for the arena to jockey up. For years, you do everything you can to be the best jockey out there, but are greeted only with failure after failure because no horse can fly like the wind with you on its back.
Those among us with the Michael Phelps physiques instantly know they should never be encouraged to race horses. Doing so thwarts human nature, as well as the horse’s nature, and it will never end well. The physics and the mechanics tell us immediately that these two do not mix.
Most of us