I understand times, but I think it is more basic than that. Ultimately it is about competition, the times will come. Think back to elementary school, everyone knew the fastest kid in the school or in the summer when you were at the pool you raced to see who was fastest. Time was not a consideration. At junior high school play days you raced to see who was the best, oh by the way they ran a faster
It?s Not About the Time
Vern Gambetta on October 3, 2008 at 12:12 am #14899
While I understand what you are saying, respectfully I disagree in the majority about only head to head competition.
One of the “features” suggested, one that I tend to follow and want my athletes to follow, when setting goals is to resist the urge in making a goal to beat “XYZ” unless the time also reflects your current abilities.
Granted much of the time when achieving a final round, beating the other athletes is exactly the goal but in the process of goal setting and wanting to beat someone, do you not always run the risk of the, “I was not at my best” if you do not beat them, and the, “I was not at my best” from the competition if you do beat them? What happens if the day of one or the other(s) is clearly injured?
On a more technical level outside of a certain time frame, assuming all athletes are striving for that same competition, you have no way of knowing where exactly in a training cycle the competitor is, that competition may not have the same importance to all competitors.
There are situations where I agree more with what you say such as the early generation of the Gracie (sp?) family but I suspect as soon as you put yourself in a “combat” arena the “beat the competitor” becomes the only thing; and of course head to head “competition” in training circumstance can have benefits but it can also have pitfalls.
Mike Young on October 3, 2008 at 5:15 pm #73079
Personally, I’d hate to coach or see track lose it’s quantitative nature. That’s one of the things I love about it. It’s relatively easy to tell whether things are getting better or worse and easier to make comparisons against the past than in other sports. It certainly would be interesting to have the middle distance races be given the ‘hopper’ treatment where competitors don’t know whether they’re racing for time or for place when they step to the line. It would make for some interesting races.
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