Bradley Wiggins called marginal gains “a load of rubbish” recently, and while his thoughts were poorly crafted and tainted by the context, it triggered an impassioned defence of the philosophy by Matthew Syed. I’ve always thought the concept trivialized sports science, and was arrogantly dismissive of the realities that there’s really nothing unique about it. As a source of competitive advantage in elite sport, it cannot stand. More on that in this piece.
Talent ID & Management Part 5: Early vs Late Specialisation?
This episode of the Talent ID and management series looks at another very controversial question – should children and young athletes specialise in one sport, or should they play as many as possible? I look at how the 10,000 hour dogma drives a negative behaviour and the research which shows that optimal performance actually requires… read the post to find out!
Long-term athlete development
LTAD is a buzzword in High Performance sports systems. Conceptually and practically, it has some important challenges, discussed here
Marathon Speed Chapter II
So looking at how the track events, and in particular, the ‘golden era’ for track running of the mid-1990′s because the catalyst that has reshaped your typical marathon runner-profile. In that period between 1993 and 1998, the world record over 10000m was broken 9 times, bringing the best time down by 45 seconds! It was […]
How to feed a cyclist
Roll on more tour posts! Following the pre-Stage 15 prediction, we will keep the posts coming as thick and fast as the attacks we have seen in Le Tour the past couple of days. In this short post we will get into what it takes to fuel a cyclist through a stage race like Le […]
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