A number of comments and recent discoveries are sitting on my digital desk to share with you so here goes. There are for instance a treasure trove of interesting pieces from Norway that we will cite or refer to in this posting and you just have to open them and right click on the piece and then click on the 'translate to english' box. The translation is stilted, but that's where cybertechnology is still facing challenges to imitating the human brain.
The above site is a wealth of track and field info. You just have to let your computer translate the articles.
Walt Mizell wrote to us:
in and the probability that that person will succeed in sports. He uses hockey players, mostly from Canada, as his example, but it makes for an interesting thesis.
the more technical the event , the more hours to develop?
|10,000hrs. no doubt|
|Truex and Bolotnikov, both probably|
10,000 hour men
|Ryun 10,000 hours or the|
right combination of all
Ryun was world class after only three years as a teenager. That would be about 9.13 hours a day every day for 3 years with no time off. Let's say the practice went to 4 hours a day, it would only take 6.8 years to hit that 10,000 hours. Maybe you would have to add mental preparation time, and you could reduce the number of years to reach 10,000 hours. He also had a paper route which could have added hours and mileage. Then there are always the people who could train all their lives and never even be average performers whether it be running, jumping, painting, or singing. This tells me 'natural selection' is also an important factor that has to meet just the right conditions of chemistry with the coach, the family, the peers, the girlfriends, the psyche. Not all those factors have to be positive, but they have to really fit well with the other factors, each influencing the other toward peak performance at a given time in the athlete's life. Sometimes a terrible parent might be the key factor driving an athlete to perform as an escape or a means of proving themself to that negative in their life. It's all quite unpredictable in the beginning. When you see 12 athletes going to the starting line in an Olympic final, the individual stories of what it took to get them there are just as fascinating as are the stories of the ones who fell short of toeing that line.
Gladwell in his book "David and Goliath" has a chapter on the Old Testament story. He cites research that the odds may have been heavily in David's favor from the get go. First, in those times. the rock slingers were the major weapon of the military. So David was well armed. The second factor is Goliath may have been suffering from a form of gigantism (acromegaly) caused by a tumor on the pituitary gland resulting in abnormal growth with the side effects of blurred vision and loss of balance. It seems to support the multiple factor idea that great performance is a combination of many different things, not just training.
ANDY HOLDEN R.I.P.
We'd like to remember the passing of British international Andy Holden who died in January of this year. In the 1970's Andy represented England in road racing, world cross country, indoor and outdoor track, and fell running. He might have led the world in the beer mile today had it existed in his good years. His obituary notes that he won an international marathon having consumed ten pints of beer the night before the race, he could also consume a pint after a race while standing on his head, and had once consumed 100 pints in a week while covering 100 miles of training in the same week. But of more important note was his coaching of many youngsters, and while working in his profession of dentistry having provided service to those who could not afford the fees.
|Jack Lane, Andy Holden , and Dave Bedford|
representing England in World Cross Country