Brits, Kenyans, and performance…

In the recorded history of marathons only 51 men have run the 26.2 miles in under 2:06. Forty seven of them are from Kenya and Ethiopia. In the London Olympics, British cyclists won 12 medals in road and track cycling – double any other nation. And, the British have won three of the last four Tour de France races and could have made it 4 for 4 if not for Chris Froome’s unfortunate accident.

Are we to assume Brits are simply made for cycling and Kenyan’s were born to run?

Think about the top performers around your place of work. When you try to explain their performance as compared to yours don’t you do likewise and kinda say something about how they were the lucky gene pool winners or simply better by innate design, demographics, or just downright lucky?

Fact. The British pretty much sucked at cycling until recent history and Finland dominated distance running for decades. The British rise to the top of cycling has been guided by Dave Brailsford who has boiled down his training philosophy into a singular phrase – “Performance by the aggregation of marginal gains.”

In other words, there are no silver bullets. The British are focused on lots and lots of lead bullets that, on their own, produce only marginal gains. However, as they pile them on top another, they add up to measurable distance. Your performance might be in need of lots of small disciplines that lead to measurable gains as well. There are no silver bullets to your performance. Lead bullets, please. Lots of lead bullets, friend. I’m guessing the Ethiopian/Kenyan connection isn’t as much about proximity to mountains and predestination either. Wanna better performance?

Aggregrate a bunch of marginal gains, my friend – lots and lots and lots of lead bullets. Good…

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