The Aggregation Of Marginal Gains

Famous quote from Dave Brailsford, the man responsible for transforming British Cycling over the past decade to world-leading. So, how can a mere amateur such as I learn from the great guru himself! I guess the most important thing to do with respect to my own cycling is split it down into the individual components which can be improved upon, so what are they?

1. Endurance

2. Strength

3. Flexibility

4. Diet & nutrition

5. Mental attitude & visualisation

6. Goal setting and achievement

7. Breathing

8. Rest & recovery

9. Equipment

10. Motivation

I am sure there are others and I can add to these at a later date. The important thing is to recognise the marginal gains that can be made in each of these areas and that when added together they can lead to significant improvements. My goal is to make improvements in each of these areas. My ultimate goal is to get into good physical shape by the time of my 50th birthday. The outcome of achieving this goal will be 1) Achieving a major goal 2) Setting in place habits that will prolong my well-being (physical & mental) as I progress from middle to older age 3) Allowing me to enjoy food without worrying too much about it

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2 thoughts on “The Aggregation Of Marginal Gains

  1. It would be useful to set targets for each of the ‘marginal gain’ areas. So for example, endurance could be “cycle 100 miles in under 6 hours”. This goal-setting should then be replicated for each area where a marginal improvement in performance can be achieved.

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  2. It would be useful to set targets for each of the ‘marginal gain’ areas. So for example, endurance could be “cycle 100 miles in under 6 hours”. This goal-setting should then be replicated for each area where a marginal improvement in performance can be achieved.

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