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 six of the last eight Tour de France races and could have made it more if not for Chris Froome’s unfortunate accident. In fact, this past years winner, Egan Bernal from Colombia, was a part of the British team Ineos. So we could give the British team seven out of eight really.
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? The truth is the high performers, at least where we work and observe in this work called BTL, are better because they are obsessed with getting better, welcome hard feedback, and have a willingness to endure more training, more sacrifice, and more lead bullets. The elite study, learn, apply. Fact. The British pretty much sucked at cycling until recent history (2012, in fact) 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, only a whole lotta lead ones.
Lots of lead.
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 or predestination either. Wanna better performance? Aggregate a bunch of marginal gains, my friend. Focus on lots of lead bullets. Lots, and lots of lead bullets. Study, learn, apply. Good.
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