YES- You can row faster doing the same training by just doing it better. They call it purposeful practice. It is a way of thinking, a way of approaching rowing and life to become the best you can be. It is taking on the challenge of becoming the best you can be by making everything around your goal to commit to it and help to reach it. It is becoming in love with what you want to be and making all the steps to get there. It is the going after this dream and making it happen. Its is about becoming what you want to be.
Your training will determine on a big part how good an fast you can be as a rower. The top performance experts are talking about a minimum of 10,000 hours of training to become competitive.
But we all know that practice doesn’t make you perfect. Perfect practice makes perfect.
To become a champion you need:
1. A lot of practice (20 hours per week for 10 years = 10,000 hours).
2. To focus on progress instead of results on your training.
3. To focus on improving your weaknesses and improving your strengths.
“When most people practice, they focus on the things they can do effortlessly. Expert practice is different. It entails considerable, specific ,and sustained efforts to do something you can’t do well – or even at all. Research across domains shows that it is only by working at what you can’t do that you turn into the expert you want to become,” S.W. Tyler.
Matthew Syed says that “…the practice sessions of aspiring champions have a specific and never-changing purpose: progress. Every second of every minute of every hour, the goal is to extend one’s mind and body, to push oneself beyond the outer limits of one’s capacities, to engage so deeply in the task that one leaves the training session, literally a changed person.”
Are you training like that?
Are you working on what you cannot do well?
Are you changing yourself to become a better rower?