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Saturday, February 10, 2007

Wondering about training

 

As I was running back to my car after some O' practice at Rockcrusher, I was thinking about training. My thoughts wandered through two general themes: uncertainty and long-term v. short-term.

Uncertainty

Training is full of uncertainty. It is pretty easy to put together a plan, but it is really tough to know that the plan is going to work, let alone to know that the plan is the best.

I suppose there are lots of ways to reduce the uncertainty. You can ignore it and just assume that your plan is going to work and that it is the best. Ignorance is bliss. You can also do what you can to reduce the uncertainty - keep a detailed training log, run with a heart rate monitor, work with a coach, and so on.

Long-term v. short-term

I was thinking about my own goals and that got me thinking about both long-term and short-term goals. Sometimes those goals conflict (i.e. to reach a short-term goal might not be the best way to reach a long-term goal).

I also came across this little note from an MIT conference on sports business where Baseball Musings summarizes a bit of Bill James' presentation:

How do you balance long term and short term deals? Bill says humans don't think long term. Bill sees his job as making people look at the long term. If you go to a resturant and the food is bad, you don't say it's a small sample size. If your rookie shortstop doesn't play well for two weeks, you have to be aware of the small sample size.

Transferring that idea to orienteering would suggest that most of us tend to favor short-term preparations and goals over long-term ones. Maybe so.


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posted by Michael | 5:29 PM

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