August 5th 2012, and Usain Bolt defends his 100 metres title at the London Olympics. Looking at Bolt, and the way the event has developed, has me revisiting a tip on goal achievement and self improvement that is an evergreen…
In a previous article I wrote about the innovative approaches that have pushed the event forwards, going right back to the winner in the 1896 games being the only runner using the full crouch starting position!
It had been thought that there was a height limit for the runners, that athletes the size of Bolt were simply too big. Of course he has blown that theory out of the water with his world records and 2 Olympic golds, and you can bet that coaches are now looking at to develop the taller runners!
He is so successful because he can turn his legs over so fast for a tall man. That means that with the same 42 strides that the shorter athletes take, Bolt’s huge stride will get him 100 metres down the track sooner than the others.
As for how the sport will develop? Well, here’s my idea, bearing in mind that my athletics coaching knowledge goes no further than the sofa..!
With Bolt, everyone including himself says he always starts badly because of his height. Well, that’s an improvement opportunity right there, and coaches will be looking for tall people that *can* start better! That’s about technique, and technique can always be developed.
Secondly, the established theory in 100 metres is that the runners cross the line slowing down. After the start they get up to full speed, but can only maintain that for maybe 40 metres, and then they all start to slow down.
Now, my theory is that the distance on the track at top speed can be increased, which means the athletes will be slowing down *later* in the race, and that should add up to a quicker time.
So, how does this relate to your own goal?
Well, for a lot of goals you may need to innovate to make headway, and I’m sure we’ll see a sub 9 second 100 metres in due course.
For most goals though, someone else has already done the innovation! That means you can look at what they did, and how they did it, and apply it your own efforts.
The idea of reverse engineering other people’s success is a hugely powerful one for goal achievement and self improvement, and overlooked by so many.
If your goal is to win the 100 metres, then good luck, but whatever your individual goal is, think to Bolt in the 100, and ask if you have properly studied the success stories in your field.
You can read my other article ‘Goal Achievement – Would You Start The 100 Metres Standing Up?’
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‘Til Next Time,
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