Aquick story about athletes and investors.
A big difference between professional and amateur athletes is the intensity of training. The intuition of amateur athletes is to push as hard as they can, testing the limits of their potential, maximizing what they’re capable of, grind until you’re broken, no pain no gain.
The training schedules of professional athletes – once a good coach enters the picture – tends to be calmer.
A group of researchers recently looked at the training schedule of a dozen Olympic-level cross-country skiers, who are some of the most insane athletes you’ll ever witness.
Over a year the athletes trained an average of 861 hours – a couple hours a day. Each hour was broken up into three buckets: High intensity (>87% of max heart rate, huffing and puffing), medium intensity (82%-87% max heart rate, heavy breathing), and low intensity (60%-82% max heart rate, you can probably carry on a conversation).
After a year, the training schedule broke out like this:
- 88.7% of training hours were light intensity.
- 6.4% were medium intensity.
- 4.8% were high intensity.
The huge majority of the time was spent barely pushing themselves, almost cruising along at a leisurely pace.
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