Low Hanging Fruit

Ever heard of the term? In the business world, it means go for the easy customers. The ones we aren’t getting but who will be fairly cheap to pursue.

So what is the “low hanging fruit” in your training regimine? It’s the sport that you are LEAST skilled at that allows you to make up the most time in a race for time spent in training.

Think bang for your buck. If you’re a great runner, then why are you still running 5 days a week if you want to win your age group in a triathlon?

Think of it another way. If you are a good cyclist, then an extra 2 hours of cycling a week may only improve your performance 1%. But an extra 2 hours swimming each week (for a poor swimmer) could lead to a 5% performance gain.

Invest some time in your weakest sport this summer.

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4 thoughts on “Low Hanging Fruit

  • July 16, 2008 at 4:44 pm

    What if you get so super-great at one discipline that it totally makes up for the lack of ability in another? Can’t that be a plan?

  • July 21, 2008 at 7:34 pm

    That’s an interesting question. <BR/><BR/>Normann Stadler translated phenomenal cycling ability into an Ironman Hawaii win, but he is one of the few pros to be able to do that. <BR/><BR/>The higher the level of competition, the harder it gets to do that because your peers become better all-around athletes.

  • August 7, 2008 at 7:07 pm

    xEd Begley Jr uses that phrase in his book Living Like Ed.

  • August 10, 2008 at 5:40 am

    Good book? Maybe I’ll have to check it out…<BR/><BR/>In terms of success in life or career, though, it can be argued that an intense focus on one discipline is the main key. <BR/><BR/>I’ve struggled with this a lot personally. How do I surrender some of my time-consuming hobbies so I can dedicate more time to my main focus? <BR/><BR/>For example, why do I watch an hour of TV at night when I

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