Alexandre Dumas said:”All generalisations are dangerous, even this one”.
I think it is very true. Some weeks ago I asked on Twitter what my followers would like to know about my life here in Florida. About what I do and how my days here are built. Then I realized that it was a tricky question. Of course people wanted to know how I train and what I do in trainings.
But here’s the catch. I have been long enough in track and field that I already know the threat of generalizations based on the information I would share. One blog post won’t do justice to the systematical work that athletes do. I am not only talking about myself. Also others. Ever so often we find ourselves in a conversation where someone says that ”they do this and they do that” – as if we would really know… As if this information would be the "key to their success". The problem is that there are 365 days in a year (unless it is a leap year, in which case we'd have 366 days). So one full month out of a year is just about 8 percent (don’t fully trust my math tho). Think about how much one day out of that is? Then think about how much one hour out of that is? Then think about how much one drill exercise is out of this?
We’re talking about so insignificant details that they should never be generalized or spread over the internet. I am saying this because ever so often in track and field circles a conversation occurs about how the Germans train and how the British train and how the Americans train... I can safely say that I now have experienced close to 32% of one group’s trainings here in Florida and I can assure you that the main thing they do is not worry about how others train or what they do. Full focus is on what you have to be doing today and on how to give your best.
Therefore, as a follow-up, I wanted to take up this topic and wake people up to focus on what they have to do for themselves and not generalize when it comes to others. Nevertheless, based on what Dumas stated – even this blog post can be risky.
Please make no generalisations based on it :-)
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