We have all heard the term 80/20. For those of you in sales or business owners know that in many cases 80% of your sales or revenue are from 20% of your clients or prospects. This 80/20 strategy is applicable in all aspects of your life and absolutely for endurance racing.
If you examine your best race performances, how many of these races followed the 80/20 formula? As you continued through the race, I would bet that 80% of your overall effort and performance came down to how you did the last 20% of the race. For example, if you were running a 3:30 marathon goal pace, holding the last 5.24 miles at or below race pace is the key to brilliant race performance. It’s no different in a triathlon, cycling, and cross-country ski or snowshoe race. The last 20% of a race will have the most impact on a positive performance and holding your pace along with remaining mentally strong. Almost every triathlon victory will always come down to the run and it’s the key point with thinking of the 80/20. Sure you have to have a good swim and solid bike but much time can be gained during the run in the later stages (20% of the distance left) as we all have seen passing athletes and being passed by athletes in the dreadful “shuffle” stage. How many times have you seen average athletes with focus, mental strength pass and finish ahead of more gifted athletes? In the world of ultra running it happens in every race.
It can be applied to your training (physical and mental). For example if your target is 8 hours of running per week with a mix of long slow, tempo and interval specific training, the most beneficial toward race performance brilliance follows the same 80/20 formula, (1.6 hours or so earmarked for harder efforts within the workout is the key). The last 2 intervals in a 10-interval session, the last 20% of time before recovery in the farklet session, etc.
One thing that separates the best athletes in the world from the group of followers just behind them is how they handle severe exhaustion, stress, pain during the key moment in the race with is normally the last 20% of the race. It’s the toughest section of the race and how you overcome adversity is imperative to brilliant race performances. Consider writing your 80/20-race plan. Too many athletes spend too much time training physically and prepare no mental written training plan.
Build a mental training plan combined with your physical training program on your own or with a coach. How many times do you hear thebenefits of mental performance training, most of it is “fluff” and not a specific daily regimen. If you want to have a great 2014 season it must be part of your plan. Step by step instructions along with accountability and only paying for performance, please click here, http://www.chiefgoalsofficer.com/cgo-tools/839-2/ and will becustomized for your specific racing.
In all brilliant races it’s not how you start but how you finish!