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June 12, 2007

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Sean

As you illustrated, the problem is recognizing the moment. That often takes experience and more importantly good judgement. Simulation or practice is a good way to create more experience and situations where you have to make judgments about what to do next.

Try to follow the Tour de France this year. Riders and teams continuously have to make adjustments and decisions on several moments within each race day and also within the context of the race as a whole. And then once a moment is reached and you make the leap, you have to be capable of performing.

Bryan

Sean, thanks for commenting!

You are absolutely right that experience is crucial. But then the question is, "What do you do if you don't have experience?"

There are a few things you can do off the top of my head: painstakingly prepare for all possible outcomes (what if someone goes early, what happens if I feel crappy, etc.), make one plan and commit to that regardless of what else happens (only good if your goals are independent of those you are racing), or model your behavior off of someone who does have experience.

I like this third option. If you know someone is the favorite and a good strategist, commit to doing what they do. For example, had Austin committed to running with Chris Solinsky (the winner), he would have moved into position when Chris did on lap 3, and never been left behind. Of course, as you pointed out, he would then have had to perform.

There are problems with any strategy. You try, you fail, you learn. But you should never be failing for lack of preparation.

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