Measuring Performance

I often wonder if my training is doing any good.  Let me rephrase that. I often wonder if my training is working. Is that clearer? 
I didn’t think so.

Of the many reasons I compete, one is to improve my performance.  Any rational person would assume that I could accomplish such a goal through rigorous training.

This brings up two questions:
1. How do I define performance?
2. How do I measure changes in performance?

The first question is easy to answer.  I’ll measure performance using race times.  The second question is not so easy to answer.  There are so many factors affecting performance that comparing one race time to another is like comparing apples to oranges. And whoever came up with that cliche of a simile should be shot. Apples can, in fact be compared to oranges. 
But you know what I mean and that’s the important thing.
I’m working on an episode that addresses this very problem.  It involves a little math and a little faith.  Some fairy dust couldn’t hurt either.  It won’t be out next week, but maybe the week after.

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LG found the triathlon lifestyle after years of calling himself soldier, cowboy, philosopher, scientist... "Triathlete" may be the last title he ever needs (after husband and father).