Inside the Bolt: The Fastest Man Ever

Bolt is widely regarded as the faster person ever.  He currently holds both the world records for the 100 meters and 200 meters.


What makes the fastest man alive?

Many people think of Usain Bolt became the fastest man alive because of his genetics.  There is no doubt that genetics play a part in Usain’s success, but that is not all.  To reach high performance an individual does not only need potential, they need the right training, and they need to eliminate mental interference and develop a fearless mind.  A simple way to put this is to use the equation: High Performance = Potential + Training – Interference.


Usain Bolt is not built like built like the majority of his sprinter peers.  He has a long lean body while most other elite sprinters today have muscular built frames with muscles bulging from every part of their bodies.  Many sprinters need to build highly explosive muscles to help them run in the short bursts of a sprint, but Usain seems to have naturally explosive fast twitch muscles to shoot his long legs forward past his competitors.


To be the fastest man alive (and fastest ever) hard, intense, and focused training is needed as bad as a you need air to breath.  Here is a short video taking a look into Bolt’s training.

The Mental side

If you have ever seen Bolt in competition, an interview, or celebrating you can almost see the confidence radiate from him.  Confidence is a huge part of high performance.  Dr. Craig Manning stated in his book The Fearless Mind, “Confidence can take an individual with nonexistent skill sets and make them respectable; ordinary skill sets and make them good; and incredible skill sets and make them great.”  Through training and the natural potential Bolt has, he has developed incredible skill sets, but it is his confidence that takes him past the limit and makes him the fastest man ever.

The Fearless Mind of a Ultra-Running Champion

The Grecian countryside smelled of history and crushed grapes.  Scott Jurek kept running and after 120 miles took the lead on the road to Sparta traveling the same route as Pheidippides who first ran the 153 miles from Athens to Sparta during the Persian invasion of Greece.  In 2007 Jurek was on his way to win his second of three consecutive Spartathon races.

Every ultra-runner knows that you can’t make it through a 100 plus race with just your body; it is the mind that takes you past the finish line.  At the point of the race as Jurek took the lead he later said in his book Eat and Run that he had never felt better and although he ran with a broken toe for over 100 miles he did not feel it or care.  To finish the race Jurek held to his plan and later described his rule to “Separate negative thoughts from reality, (to not) dwell on feelings that aren’t going to help.”

As Jurek separated himself from fear and unproductive thoughts he continued to keep a pace most marathon runners would be proud of until he reached the finish line and the Spartathon monument.

What we can learn from Jurek is that keeping our mind focused on the important things, the present moment, we can continue on to high performance through fatigue, stress, and pain.  Keeping our mind fearless we keep our energy focus on the actions that will help us.  Any other thoughts are not necessary whether we are running an ultra-marathon, practicing for the championship competition, or on a deadline for an important work project.  Remember one thing: be fearless.

Scott Jurek is considered one of the best endurance runners ever in the USA.  He has won the Western States 100 mile race 7 times, the Bad Water 130 mile race twice, the Spartathon 3 consecutive times, and held the USA record for distance run in 24 hours at 165.7 miles.

What is the Mentality of an Ironman Champion?

The island of Kona Hawaii is home to the IronMan Triathlon World Championship, and only one person can swim through the warm tropical ocean, bike along the scorched black lava fields on the Queen Ka’ahumanu Highway, and run down the spectator packed road to the finish line, and win.  In three of the last four years that person has been Craig Alexander.

The native Australian burst onto the IronMan scene with three wins in his first five years participating in the race, and has become a legend setting a new course record last year. What is the difference between Alexander and the other thousands of competitors on the IronMan world stage?  “Everyone is doing a similar training program. The difference is what is going on between the ears,” said Alexander about what he believes is his advantage—his mind.

The mentality of an IronMan triathlete is special.  To be able to dedicate so much time and effort to training requires a strong mentality.  What type of mentality does Craig Alexander have to separate himself from the others? A fearless one.


Love propelled Alexander to become a professional triathlete.  He explains about the importance of love, “If you find something you love to do you’re going to work at it and its not going to feel like work.”  The motivation that drives Alexander is not to beat another person, it is not to make money, it is not to be famous, it is about love and in Alexander’s own words, “it’s not just about winning… it’s about perfecting performance.”  Alexander has been able to consistently improve even after winning the World Championships because he is focused on his performance and on the task at hand.


There are not many things that can be more nerve racking than waiting at the start line for a 140.6 mile race. Not to mention the eleven months of preparation, and the fierce competitors that all have their eye on you.  To fight anxiety Alexander keeps his mind focused on his own performance and not on others. “All you have to race against and to judge yourself against is yourself. It’s that pursuit of excellence.” Focusing on himself keeps his mind attentive on the present and what he can control.  Because of this mentality Alexander becomes fearless and can open his mind to concentrate on what matters most—the task at hand. “Some things are out of your control. You don’t want to burn precious energy worrying about it… If your thoughts are positive that flows onto the way you feel, and then the way you act, and you act it out.”


A deep concentration on the right things does not only go into the day of competition but also in Alexander’s training. In regard to training he said, “Ever session has to have a purpose or it has no purpose.”  Every day of training will have a specific goal.  Alexander has learned to push himself and his training by setting daily objectives that stretch his ability but don’t stress him.  Because a triathlon is a three part sport balance is just as important as hard work.  “Sport is a physical pursuit but it is also a mental pursuit,” says Alexander.


To be an elite performer Alexander has developed a high amount of confidence in himself and his abilities.  “Rather than saying “why me?” Say “why not me?” Alexander believes.  Confidence is not asking ‘why me?’ and opening the door to doubt and fear, but it is asking, ‘why not me?’ and opening the door to high performance.

Developing your own Fearless Mind

Just as becoming an IronMan champion does not just happen, high performance does not fall into anyone’s lap. It only comes through hard work over time, and not just mindless hard work, but work that is precise and exact.  Cultivating a fearless mind will help anyone achieve whatever he or she sets out to accomplish. The Fearless Mind program is specifically designed to help anyone in any field cultivate a fearless mentality and reach high performance.  For more information and to sign up to The Fearless Mind program click here.