A year! It takes a year to develop a sport specific technique to the point that it is useable in competition: meaning that an athlete can actually execute the sport specific technique on demand within a wide array of environmental and competitive conditions. Mike has trained muscle ups for 3 months… if Mike wants to pump out muscle ups like Gabriel, then the minimum amount of time he needs to train for is another 9 months. Putting this in perspective for triathletes…
No… 1 week spent at altitude in Arizona or Colorado doesn’t turn you into an UCI WorldTour level cyclist
No… 2 weeks in Ft Lauderdale or Barbados at a swim camp doesn’t turn you into Phelps, Dressel, or Campbell or Lucy Charles or the Brownlee bros
No… 3 weeks in Kenya or Ethiopia doesn’t turn you into Kiplagat, Tsegay, Korir or Kipchoge
These training periods won’t even turn you into a top age group athlete. At most what any training camp or clinic, or couple hours spent with a coach can do is offer you insight as to what you need to spend the next 6-12 months working on. This is what it means to train.
Why are there 4 years between Olympic Games? Because for any athlete to dramatically (yes, at the Olympic level a few hundredths of a second are dramatic) change their results requires an equally dramatic change in technique. That change in technique simply cannot happen and would not happen if Olympics were held annually, or even every two years. Olympic level athletes need 4 years to have sufficient time to make all the changes and then train the changes so that they are able to execute their sport in a meaningful new way that will yield new results. World Championships in many sports do not even happen annually instead every two years for the same reason, there isn’t enough time in less than two years for a top level athlete to materially change their performance capabilities. Think on that…. training for 2 years in order to hope to see improvement on the scale of hundredths of a section, sometimes thousandths!
Meanwhile, the average triathlete does what?
Stops training in September, taking 2, 3 maybe even as many as 5 or 6 months off, then starts to cram training in spring no different than the way they tell their kids that last minute studying doesn’t lead to desirable test scores at school. They jump on a plane to a training camp hoping that a full week spent training full out will somehow make up for months and months of nothing. And, the average triathlete remains average despite wanting to progress, to improve, to see dramatic change, despite wanting to be and feel un-average.
Short cuts, bypasses, quick fixes and bandaids are sold left and right… want the truth to achieving your potential… then here it is… progress takes time. If you are not willing to put in the time, then do not be disappointed at your failure to achieve your potential, at your frustration with getting frequently injured or ill, with your inability to put together one solid race from start to finish, a race and a performance of which you can truly feel proud of irrespective of whether it took you to the podium or not.
Want to experience your potential, then you are going to have to put in the time, the consistent time, training… performing hi numbers of repetitions of technique, for months, until the new technique is burned into your brain so that you can execute that technique when it comes time to compete.
Sounds simple. It is, but as with all things, few do it, few do it correctly, so few execute it at race time, so few experience what it means to be un-average.
Do what the average do… and [big surprise] you will be average.
Do what the un-average do… and [no surprise] you will be un-average.