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Wednesday, May 02, 2007

A day in the life of an elite athlete


I had a chance to spend a day observing a young athlete. It was an interesting experience. The whole day was built around training.

The day began early. The first "workout" of the day was a short one. The pace was easy. He takes the same route every day, rain or shine. It isn't much of a workout, but it is a nice routine and a great way to start the day.

After most workouts, the elite athlete does some stretching. Often he has a bite to eat (always nutritious food) and maybe even takes a nap.

The afternoons are harder training. On the day I observed, the weather was great and the athlete did an interval-like session. He alternated harder efforts with easy efforts.

After the intervals, he moved on to some technique work. In this case, he worked on a fairly simple technique. At the beginning, the technique was rough, but the athlete was getting feedback (basically doing "deliberate practice") and was concentrating carefully on what to do and how successful it was. With further practice, he'd mastered the technique.

The rest of the day went to another good, nutritious meal. The athlete went to bed early, falling asleep immediately and getting the rest you need to recover and improve.

Sounds like the life of an elite athlete...but, in fact, it was my 10-month-old nephew.

This snapshot shows him doing "intervals":

And in this spanshot he seems to be doing some light post-workout stretching:

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posted by Michael | 8:11 PM


laughed my ass off. great! :)
Good story;D
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