The Cerutty Legend Published in Terry O'Halloran's Australian Runner Magazine in 1994 Terry and wife, Joan, are directors of and Article written by Tony Wilson Proofread by Herb Elliott ------------------------------------------------------------------------- The Cerutty Legend - Percy's Ideas on Training and Life 50 years ago Percy Wells Cerutty was a man before his time - a prophet in the realm of human endeavour. Regarded as an ecentric by many, his philosophy of fitness conditioning still stands the test of time. Weakly Beginnings Born in 1895, Percy Cerutty grew up as a weak and sickly child. He became a better than average athlete recording a 4.32 mile. However, Percy was ill throughout much of his pre publice life and in 1939 suffered a nervous and physical breakdown, necessitating six months of complete rest. It was during ths time that Percy had time to read and think. He developed a new approach to his life.
To overcome his nerves and develop confidence he aimed to dive off the ten metre high tower at St Kilda baths. St Kilda is a bayside Melbourne suburb. In two years, after gradually increasing the height of the dives, Percy succeeded. He went for long mountain walks, swam in Melbourne's Yarra River and began to lift heavy weights. He realised the more one pampered oneself, the weaker one became. Experimenting with his training, he achieved great success; running the marathon in under three hours and covering 100 miles in under 24 hours - both at the age of 48.
We must remember that these feats were achieved shortly after a breakdown and at a time when long distance running was considered ludicrous. Percy made himself an energetic, confident and knowledgeable man. He is most famous for coaching Olympic champion Herb Elliott, and establishing a training camp at the seaside retreat in Portsea, Victoria, where he introduced to the world his disciplined lifestyle, uncompromising views and sand hill running. Philosophy Cerutty believed that everybody should seek out an activity at which they are best and then develop it to its full potential. He believed a person should not settle for a particular discipline unless they were sure they would eventually excel at it.
If, after honest assessment, an athlete decides he can't excel at his chosen undertaking, he is best to move into another field. Percy didn't achieve happiness until his success as a coach. 'We can become what we believe we can become'. This is one of Percy's most fundamental beliefs. Many of us hope, may passionately hope, that we run an exceptional time or even set a World Record or win an Olympic Gold Medal, but do we truly believe it? Percy's strength lay in inspiring his athletes to believe. When the belief is deeply embedded in the consciousness, then the achievement of it can be attainable.
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Mechwarrior 3 No Cd Patch Vista. He saw a deep thinking mind and a powerful personality as the only factors that can make for the uppermost levels of success. Ceaseless thought and experimentation are what Percy saw as necessary. Cerutty did not believe in half measures.
He expected 100 percent commitment from his athletes. Training Training was basically broken up into three phases: conditioning (five months), race practice (three months) and racing (three months). All three phases merged into each other. Cerutty acknowledged that success can be achieved in different ways but he thought intensive training was best. Phase 1: Conditioning This period is devoted to long, hard runs usually between eight to sixteen kilometres (occasionally as far as 32 kilometres, say once per month to develop confidence), fartlek around golf courses (with fast efforts varying from 100 to 150 metres) or parklands, hill running, and repetitive runs up sand dunes (sometimes for as long as an hour). Training is often to the point of exhaustion at this time.