There is only one thing that matters to those who truly seek their fullest potential: resistance (i.e. drag).
There is only one thing that matters to everyone else: effort (i.e. training & racing intensity: HR zone/watt output).
And this is why those who train technique – in the long term – will always surpass those focused on short term gains through effort.
Because in the end, physics always wins.
Irrespective of VO2 Max, VLa Max, FTP, 10sec peak wattage… all metrics at some point run into resistance. Doesn’t matter whether its external friction (e.g. ground, air, or water friction), physiological friction (e.g. joint, muscle and connective stiffness), psychological friction (i.e. doubt, fears, anxieties) or a combination of multiple forms of friction (i.e drag). Only the athlete who executes sport specific technique at the highest level will minimize resistance and be the one who delivers consistent peak performances, who consistently outperforms all other athletes. All other athletes will hit a wall of resistance that no matter how hard they train, no matter how many hours or years they train, no matter how much they want it, will it, desire it… they will fail to progress beyond the resistance they themselves create which is directly proportional to the complexity of their technique (both physiological and psychological).