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The Reebok Floatride Running Shoe

The Floatride from Reebok

Today I will tell you about my experience and recommendation regarding the Floatride, the latest distance running shoe by Reebok, to be launched in India this coming weekend, on 1st April 2017. The last time I spoke about a running shoe here was almost 2 years ago, about the ZPump Fusion, and was, quite coincidentally, also for Reebok. This time too, I agreed to do it on the same condition – that I would speak independently, with no interference from Reebok or their agents.

If last time for the ZPump Fusion my overall conclusion was neutral-bordering-on-negative, this time, for the Floatride it is significantly positive. If you want to read no further, and are looking for a pair of new running shoes, then go away with the thought “Puru the Guru says it’s a shoe worth having”.

Packaging, Size and First Impressions

Good things in small packages?

The shoe comes in a pretty standard box, unlike the lovely drawer pull-push style of the ZPump Fusion box that I still use for carrying things in my check-in luggage when travelling. That aside, the size I had picked for this pair was 2 sizes bigger than the shoe shop measurement of my foot. I find that “1-size bigger”, the rule-of-thumb recommendation for running shoes, is not good enough for me, and I like the fact that there is an odd amount of extra space north of the toes. This specification works for me; please note, I am not suggesting you do the same with your shoe sizing.

 

The shoe is sold in only one colour for men and another for women. The blue colour for men is not terribly exciting compared with the recent trend of “very bright and colourful” in the running shoe market. The lime green women’s shoe is also not eye-catching. The primary reason for this is that the ‘black surface area’ takes up a significant proportion of surface area in the Floatride. With running shoes, I love ‘bright and beautiful’, but if you prefer ‘not flashy’, then you will like these tones. And, whether or not you like ‘bright and beautiful’, if you care more about functionality and performance like I do, then too you will appreciate this shoe.

Special Feature

The official press release says that the “precisely-engineered Reebok Floatride Foam is pressure set for a consistent cell structure that provides an optimal mix of softness and responsiveness to ensure the wearer can experience high-level comfort while pushing performance”. I explored that claim.

Weight

One of the features of the lightweight ‘foam technology’ is evident in the total weight of the shoe itself. It is noticeably lighter at 285g than the trail running Salomon XScream (7% heavier) that has been my current favourite. It is also much lighter than the Asics Kayano 17 (20% heavier) that I have always felt I struggle with. It is heavier than the superlight Asics Gel-Hyperspeed racing shoe, but, other than its colour, I am not a big fan of that Asics racing shoe. I have not compared the Floatride with the running range from other leading brands but I am told by a friend that it compares well with the Adidas Ultra Boost in terms of ‘feel and fit’ – he has both shoes!

within acceptable tolerance; could be measurement error

I did notice that the left shoe was 3g (about 1%) lighter than the right shoe. That difference is about the weight of a walnut you might eat. I do not think it is material for me and I will not dwell on it – I am reporting it because I measured it! {Although I took repeated measurements to avoid measurement error, the difference might still be attributed to the precise weight measuring method I used, rather than the shoe itself.}

Boys in blue!

Testing the Shoes

Getting to know the shoes

I like to warm up to a new pair of running shoes by first wearing them for other light intensity activities. After that, I typically wear my running shoes only for running. So, prior to my first run I wore them:

  • At the gym for a session of strength training
  • For a couple of walks, including jumping across rocks at the seaside
  • When cycling, which is my most common mode of daily Mumbai city commuting

The Runs

This is a serious running shoe, so the main test for me was when I ran the following:

  • A gruelling afternoon run on Mumbai roads, with harsh sun and hills
  • An easy paced morning run on the beach, on both, firm wet sand as well as on soft and unstable sand
  • A set of 1600m intervals on slightly undulating roads one morning

The Run Experience

I loved that 10 minutes into my first run I had to remind myself that I was wearing a new pair of shoes. That itself made me decide that the Floatride was excellent for me. There was no ‘getting used to it gradually’ phenomenon to have to deal with.

Captured by a friend who happened to be passing by

Often with shoes (e.g. Asics Kayano that I have run in for more than 10 years) I find that the upper rim of the shoe digs in around my ankle and causes some discomfort and even pain, especially when new. I had none of that with the Floatride. So, am I pleased? Yes, very pleased!

Optimal mix of cushioning and responsiveness

With regards to Reebok’s claim about their ‘foam technology’, I agree that on the continuum of softness (think ‘luxury sedan smooth ride’) to responsiveness (think ‘sharp sports suspension’) the Floatride does an excellent job of compromising between the two. Full marks there too!

Recommendation
This pair was handed over to me a week ago for testing and voicing my opinion. I can see myself racing in the Reebok Floatride soon. I recommend it.

 

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Dr Purnendu Nath spends his waking hours focusing on helping individuals and organizations reach their goals, to make the world a better place. He speaks, writes and advises on topics such as finance, investment management, discipline, education, self-improvement, exercise, nutrition, health and fitness, leadership and parenting.

Race Organizers and Excess Short Term Greed

Before you hear my views about today’s topic, I’d like your anonymous answer to this simple question

Get real honey – it REALLY IS usually about the money!
When I first introduced my children to TV about 10 years ago on a family holiday to Goa it was to Cartoon Network. Along with that ‘entertainment appliance’ came some fartherly wisdom “These channels exist to make money by broadcasting advertisements of companies that want you to buy their products, and they keep you watching their ads by showing you cartoons in-between the ads”. The case for distance running race organizers is not dissimilar.

The larger running race organizers in India have demonstrated clearly over the last few years that their primary motive is to make money. Of course, there’s nothing wrong in making money. In fact, the prefix to my tag line “The refusal to think is evil” from Ayn Rand is “Money is the root of all good”. What troubles me, however, is the frequent inability of these race organizers to think and act beyond their short term greed. A focus, instead, on long term greed would allow race organizers to maintain dominant oligopolies within the growing recreational running racing industry.

Even helpful pacers are not left alone
Although I don’t register often for public races, I made an appearance recently at the most popular 10km race in India. In order to help more runners with their race performance I decided to be a 50 minute pace setter. This popular race had no pacers in previous editions. Perhaps it was because the organizers found out that I was going to dedicate my run to help others with their pace that they decided to organize official pacers themselves. That’s all fine, commendable, in fact. However, as we approached race day I faced direct and indirect harassment from them because I explained that I was not interested in being an official pacer for this specific race. Race organizers need to understand that when you or I pay money to register for their race, we have become their customers. This race organizer, in particular, does not even respond to suggestions of reimbursing race registration fees to pacers. Can you imagine a stewardess on a flight asking you “I know you have paid for this airline seat, but could you please serve the other passengers their dinner? Oh, and if you do, please don’t expect us to refund you your fare!” – that would be shocking, wouldn’t it?

Give, don’t just Take
What annoyed me about this race organizer’s attitude was that it was all about “take take take”. Never mind that they never offer a refund of the race registration fee to pacers, leave aside paying for my travel to the race city, it was their list of flimsy reasons for why I could not run with my own pacer flag that annoyed me. I heard later of respectable runners being manhandled by police at the instructions of the race organizer because the corporate 10km race at the same event had its route markings and barricades bungled up, and these runners were attempting to help put the wrong right. The same race organizer has in other cities not provided appropriate race route hydration, inadequate emergency first aid at the finish line, long queues for post race hydration, chaos at medal collection counters along with race registration fees that seem to go up faster each year than your average race completion speed!

Questions to ask yourself
It’s great that there are individuals or organizations in India that are taking a profit-driven or non-profit approach to improving public health in various ways. When their ways and means become blatantly about grabbing a larger piece of the pie instead of expanding the pie, you as a runner need to step back and ask:

as a paying customer, am I being provided the customer service I expect from a premium service provider?

Taking the airline analogy further, with respect to the distance running race industry, you could ask yourself:

  • Would I be happy to fly with an airline that doesn’t serve me food or drink at the appropriate time?
  • Would I be happy to fly with an airline that does not pay attention to safe landing procedures?
  • Would I be happy to fly with an airline that suddenly changes my travel date by 2 months?
  • Is it fair that another fare paying passenger who helps me get to my destination on time is hassled by the airline?
  • Should I be thinking twice when paying up for a service within an industry where there is no ombudsman or regulator to monitor process and performance and to penalize poor quality service?

When you run a public race that has an entry fee, you expect to be better off (in a non-monetary sense) by at least the amount of the fee that you pay. When you feel this is no longer happening, please do ask yourself if it is because of the excessive short-term greed of the race organizer.

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Dr Purnendu Nath spends his waking hours focusing on helping individuals and organizations reach their goals, to make the world a better place. He speaks, writes and advises on topics such as finance, investment management, discipline, education, self-improvement, exercise, nutrition, health and fitness, leadership and parenting.

Limiting Labels

Before I talk about today’s topic, if you are over the age of 30, I’d like your (anonymous) opinion please

During mentoring and coaching others through the years I have come across an extremely simple phenomenon that has far reaching effects. I observe it within myself too and this short article is to help you identify and handle it effectively for your personal growth.

Starts at Childbirth

When it comes to raising humans from childbirth, one simple idea that I try to propagate is “don’t label the child, label the action”. My parents are incredibly yogic in their ways and I do not remember them ever telling any of their four children “you are a naughty child” or “you are awesome”. Admonishment or praise was for an action and so “that was a silly thing to do” or “that was very well done” was much more common. They did not read books on child-raising in the 60s, but are, fortunately, gifted with incredible wisdom.

Labelling is Human Nature

It is natural for you as a human to label – label just about everything – even to slot someone you’ve just met for 5 seconds into a category. It happens automatically. It is a natural survival mechanism of our successful evolution – to separate the poisonous berries from the safe ones, to judge what animal will prey on you versus what you can hunt to eat.

Unfortunately, the natural tendency to label yourself often ends up limiting your growth. It is bad enough when others do it to you from a young age and perhaps you cannot do much to stop that. But what can often be worse is self-labelling. Associating yourself with a label is also natural, driven, perhaps, by a desire to understand oneself and have self-identity. But, even the labels that are supposedly good, taken beyond reasonable levels, often limit you. Intrigued? Read on…

Don’t Ignore the Beast

Since labelling is a natural phenomenon, to advise you “don’t ever label” is foolish. Being aware of the limitations of labelling is what I would like you to be aware of. It started right from the day you were born, and will carry on, well, forever! It is ubiquitous, so having made you aware of it, you will start noticing it just about everywhere. And it is insidious, so you should not ignore it or treat it lightly.

The list of examples of labelling is endless. I shall talk you through a handful where I will show you the subtle ways in which each can have an impact that is often negative.

Labelling in Daily Life 

Condemnation
Teacher to your 5 year old child – “you are a naughty boy” – does your innocent child separate his action from his personality? Is it healthy for your child to think of himself as being anti-social? Wouldn’t “you are capable of so much good, why such naughty behaviour?” create a better outcome including positive introspection by the child?

Non-positive
Child overhears their mother telling a friend – “my daughter is great at art, but she struggles at maths”. Here, it’s just the current ability that is being labelled but what often happens is that the child gets better at art as the years progress, and she has an increasingly negative attitude towards maths. How about if the mother had been overheard saying “…and she’s improving noticeably in maths”? Perhaps the child would have taken the “maths label” on more positively?

Value destruction
Head trader to new MBA grad on trading desk – “oh, you can do programming??  cool, then you can…”. The super-bright grad then begins to hide the fact that he has this invaluable skill because he will get slotted into geekier roles in the future that he might be good at but does not want to do. Did the head trader consider that the smart kid on the desk can easily handle 12 variables in his head when making a trading decision compared to his own 6?

Growth limiting
You’re a medical surgeon, why on earth would you waste time doing a Maths degree for fun?” is typical of the type of comment that makes most people in the city of Mumbai, where I spend a chunk of my time, quite homogenous in their aspirations. For a city with incredible ethnic diversity, diversity in aspiration has been fairly limited. Things are changing for the good, more diversity in people’s life goals, but there’s still a lot of resistance to the idea that someone can be good and enjoy two apparently very different things. Why label and limit yourself and others?

Self-demotivating
I’m terrible at … (you fill in the blank)” – as soon as you say this, you have a label on yourself that reduces the likelihood of growth in that area. Compare that with “I could be better at … with deliberate practice”. Might that instill a healthier approach to the challenge?

Hate
I hate going to the gym, I prefer outdoor workouts” – I hear this being said for a variety of reasons. More often than not it’s because the person had a poorly qualified trainer and a painful experience with strength training, or because they are lazy when it comes to exercise and they see the gym as hard work. In any case, the “hate labelling” closes the person’s mind to an incredible life-changing experience. Remember, there’s a reason our parents told us “don’t use strong words like ‘hate’ loosely”.

Wilful Blindness
I’m an ultra distance runner” sounds like a cool label to give yourself. If you dig deeper, you will find that among many recreational runners, the escape from improving the quality of one’s training runs to quantity (high mileage) is a way out of the more difficult disciplined focus on the quality of runs. This, in time, leads to injuries, time-out from running, and a host of other non-positive issues…The anchoring on the self-labelling creates wilful blindness. Might a race like this one that requires you to use your brain before you use your legs be better for your development as a runner? As with anything, perhaps before we do a lot of something, we should first learn to do it well.

Big Picture Blindness
I’m a star employee” is such lovely positive label. But what happens when it takes on a size out of proportion with reasonable balanced living? Does your child really care that you won “manager of the year” or would she have preferred an evening game of badminton with you? Always remember, never forget… no one on their deathbed wishes they had spent an extra hour in the office!

I could go on, but you will, for the rest of today and hopefully beyond, notice similar examples cropping up in your interaction with others and with conversations with yourself. I hope these few off-the-cuff examples give you a better handle on how to spot the beast I call “Labels”. Tame it or become its prey…let them not be limiting labels!

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Dr Purnendu Nath spends his waking hours focusing on helping individuals and organizations reach their goals, to make the world a better place. He speaks, writes and advises on topics such as finance, investment management, discipline, education, self-improvement, exercise, nutrition, health and fitness, leadership and parenting.

The Reebok ZPump Fusion Running Shoe

Hey! There’s a simple question for you at the end of this, don’t forget to scroll down and click on your choice!

The ZPump Fusion from Reebok - eye catching!

The ZPump Fusion from Reebok – eye catching!

Most people who have met and spent some time with me might have noticed that I am the marketing man’s living nightmare. It’s almost impossible to sell me something I don’t need, let alone want. However, one of the things I pay attention to are my running shoes… but even with them, I’m functional more than fashionable.

Shoe Review
I have reviewed other running shoes before, as private requests, but this is the first one that I have been requested to make public. I insisted that I would express my own opinion objectively, so here goes…

First impressions
The ZPump is being advertised on TV I’m told. I don’t own a TV, so watching TV ads is a rarity for me. I had no idea what I was expecting but I was excited by the idea of a new running shoe experience, a pair of shoes “that wraps nicely around your feet”. The cardboard box the shoes came in were different from the normal coffin style open-close. I liked the cabinet drawer style open-close. I think I’ll hang onto this box for carrying the shoes in my suitcase when I travel.

Shoe Sizing

No half sizes?

No half sizes?

When choosing a pair of running shoes, it’s important to check your size and fit in the second half of the day (our feet are slightly more voluminous then!) and to pick a half size bigger than what the measurement scale says. I specified in writing when replying to the company that my shoe size was US 9.5 and so when the box that was sent to me said US 9 I was quite disappointed. Even for my favourite pair of running shoes the company does not have the half sizes in India so I have to source them from abroad. But, surely, sending me a US 10 (erring on the side of caution) made more sense for a shoe that claims to wrap around your foot! Anyway, I decided to continue my review without letting the size be an issue.

Toe Room

Lot of toe wiggle room

Lot of toe wiggle room

It’s very important for me for my shoes to have toe room to wiggle my toes up and down – in that regard, I like this pair. They can end up looking rounded and globular at the toe-end, like your grandfather’s shoes, but functionality trumps style here.

Style

Font size gazillion

Font size gazillion

Typically, I hope that the last thing a person will look at when they see me are my shoes. But, if that is what must impress them, I’m not sure the Reebok ZPump Fusion is going to cut it.  I like the bright red (or lime green) on black and the vertical reflective (night safety) strip at the heel, but to have “pump” in font size gazillion across the shoe, is a bit too loud for a man who usually sticks his nose up at apparel brand labels.

"p" for Puru - notice the reflective strip

“p” for Puru – notice the reflective strip

The reason I don’t mind it too much is because mostly what you can see from either side is the “p” – one of my nicknames!

Don’t get me wrong, if you like to wear shoes for their attention value, this pair will do quite well.  Just don’t look at them from right above or you’ll be reminded of grandpa during your workout! I also wore them to my gym for a strength training session and had curiosity driven questions from a trainer there and a couple of members. I don’t watch TV but I think they had seen adverts there for it and wanted to know what I thought of it. The pump and the air release buttons are definitely eye catching.

Air Conditioning

Visual definition of "not sexy"

Visual definition of “not sexy”

If you have seen me run, you know I like my total body air conditioning. I like my running shoes to also have a decent amount of air circulation too. Given the pump technology and the need for an airtight bladder, this model of shoes fails quite badly I feel when it comes to allowing your feet to breathe. On the other hand, it’s not a heavy pair of shoes implying that there’s been a good choice of rugged but lightweight material. I just wish the sections of the shoe that were not constrained by the pump and bladder technology had better air flow vents.

Sole

Although I am a proponent of minimalist running, I prefer ‘normal shoes’ myself. The pair I normally wear to train and race in have flexion from front to back. The Reebok ZPump Fusion has very good grip but also allows twisting much like a pair of minimalist shoe. I’m not sure I like the combination.  The sole is quite thick but at the same time I can literally feel the smaller variations in road surface. I am extremely nimble, never having injured myself when running on uneven surfaces (Mumbai roads!) but if you are relatively new to running or sports that require agility on an uneven surface, I advise you to be aware of this feature.

Be aware of the twisting - does it work for you?

Be aware of the twisting – does it work for you?

Also, the twisting feature is great if you are a front foot strike runner, like I am, allowing you to take advantage of the rebound spring action in your arch. But if you are flat footed or unsure about the resilience of your arch just be careful as you migrate gradually to this pair from your other running shoes.

The Pump Technology

Eye-catching pump

Eye-catching pump

One reason I am not a cakewalk for a salesperson is because I can usually see through most gimmicks. The pump technology has been around since 1989, I’m told. Not being someone who runs in Reeboks usually, I was excited about exploring the possibility of this improving my running experience. Oddly enough, the box contained no information about how to use the pump and I had to search on the internet for clarifications.  I could feel the pump action make the shoe wrap around my foot up to the middle of the arch. I’m glad it does not wrap around the toe area, allowing sufficient wiggle room. At one point I felt the bladder inside push into the underside of the front of my foot when my walking gait was a bit off – felt much like a pair of socks that had ridden down the foot. Other than that, the closer grip between heel and arch section felt like a good option to have.

Comfort

How important is air-conditioning to you?

How important is air-conditioning to you?

In my regular running shoes, I often find the rigid material pressing into my foot to a point of pain all along where the natural contours of my feet don’t match the top rim of the shoe around the ankle. What I really liked about the ZPump is the softness in the shoe. Perhaps some might say it’s too soft with too much give but for me it’s nice to have at least one pair that is comfortable along the dimension of softness!

Price
There’s a fair amount of confusion about the pricing. I’m told by the company, and the box confirms it, that the retail price in India is Rs 15k. But anyone who would normally afford that budget for a pair of running shoes would typically also have access to overseas markets where it’s clearly retailing at about half that price! Anyone Googling this shoe brand/model will come across the international prices. Not sure how that will pan out for Reebok India.

Conclusion

Yes? No? Perhaps? Depends?

Yes? No? Perhaps? Depends?

I’d give the Reebok ZPump Fusion a thumbs up for attention catching, grip, comfort and conversation value. I’m neutral about the cushioning and wrap-around feature. And, I’d say I’m negative about the not-cool look when viewed from above and the sky-high retail price in India. Overall, I’d say, “Go into the store, try it on, if it makes you feel good, and the price doesn’t matter, it would make an interesting pair to migrate to for your runs or other workouts”.

 

And now, I’d like your (anonymous) opinion please?


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Dr Purnendu Nath spends his waking hours focusing on helping individuals and organizations reach their goals, to make the world a better place. He speaks, writes and advises on topics such as finance, investment management, discipline, education, self-improvement, exercise, nutrition, health and fitness, leadership and parenting.

Why I don’t care much about your podium finish (or mine)!

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Should I really pay much attention to a podium finish?

Should I really pay much attention to a podium finish?

Most clients around the world whom I mentor into better states of physical existence are surprised (and, perhaps think I am joking) when I say that I have never won a prize for sports in school… ever! No, not even third place! Soon after my last birthday I ran my first race as a ‘veteran’, where my competition was no longer 18 year olds but men my age (45+), and won a place on the podium (2nd place in an 8km race on flat roads).  A few weeks later I ran my second race (25km on hilly roads) and found myself taking home a trophy for second place again. Sure, it’s exciting to win, but this isn’t what drives or motivates me – the novelty of winning, as I expected, wears out soon. Besides that, I’m all too aware of the contribution of luck and skill or effort.

Effort and Luck
In most human endeavours, your natural predisposition (your genetic material) decides ultimate potential. On top of that if you add regular development of skill, and volume of deliberate practice, when combined with appropriate psychological training you can move up the ranking table. For instance, if you happen to pick an endurance sport and are genetically predisposed to doing well at it (e.g. a high percentage of slow twitch muscle fibres along with a strong heart relative to your body mass) then your presence on the podium after the finish is still a function of who else entered the race. If you were lucky and the faster competitors in your age group were elsewhere when you raced, then the result of your effort is your absolute race time – the podium finish, on the other hand, was luck, not hugely dependent on skill or effort.

Where are you in the population?

Where are you in the population?

Societal improvements preferred to Individual wins
What really interests me is the real impact of such races on society and society’s overall levels of fitness. For instance, the fast exploding distance running phenomenon in urban centres in India has done wonders for raising the life expectancy of the residents in those centres over the short, medium and longer term. That it is becoming a part of the culture, albeit not mainstream (yet), is undeniable. May that long continue – the benefits will become more apparent as more time passes.

Extrinsic versus Intrinsic Motivation
An emphasis in our culture of awarding prizes to individual winners (a form of extrinsic motivation) does nothing to guarantee significant long term health benefits. You too will have visited friends whose mantelpieces are loaded with such trophies along with the commentary “in school and college I used to be a national level blah blah…(I’ve usually zoned out by this time)” but where, now, the couch and TV remote are used a lot more than the easily accessible apartment building gym. On the other hand, competition with yourself (a form of intrinsic motivation) has been shown by neuroscientists to have significantly higher success at ensuring long term sustainability in your improving at anything, including your health and fitness.

I don't care how fast you are - I care that you improve

I don’t care how fast you are – I care that you improve

My Heroes
For me, my heroes in distance running are not the East Africans who have been dominating distance running for decades.  My heroes are the busy urban professionals and housewives who juggle many balls to continue to improve their health relative to what they were (intrinsic) – not relative to others (extrinsic). Most will never win more than a participation medal, but for me, they are my true heroes and heroines. Perhaps you too are one of them?

What better could we focus on?
Every year, despite aging, I have a personal target to run faster, lift heavier, be lighter, move with greater agility, coordination and balance. But, of what good is that to the rest of the world? Perhaps not very much. And so, if I have to look beyond myself for a purpose that benefits society, a question pops into my head “would I trade a podium finish for a 1% improvement in everyone’s health?”. The answer necessarily varies from person to person – for me the answer is a resounding “yes”. Perhaps that choice itself is not so selfless after all. An improvement in health places a lower burden on society and I also argue that a healthier population is better for the environment too. Of course, a 1% improvement in everyone’s health is itself a significant improvement – difficult but not impossible to achieve. So, how could we do that?

Where might we all focus more?

Where might we all focus more?

Better Design

Most problems, large or small, are best solved by good design – and that needs thought more than money. (Remember the joke, or perhaps it was true, about how NASA spent millions inventing a pen that would work in outer space? the Russians cleverly just used pencils!) The same is true when designing motivational tools for public health and fitness.
Public Races
One area of application is the design of public fitness competitions (e.g. distance races), to increase participation by the general public. For instance
– greater recognition for improvement in relative performance (your own performance in last year’s race versus this year’s could win you a trophy even though your overall rank went down from 145 to 165!);
– diverting some money that would normally go to the traditional winners towards better route guidance for the stragglers on tricky race routes;
– better quality and sufficient race-hydration and healthier post-race snacks even for those who finish last.
These are but a few examples and they do not even target the disinterested population – even a little more thought and careful execution could yield noticeable benefits to the larger population, especially those at the dangerous right tail of the distribution.
Individuals Can Make a Difference
At an individual level you, yes you, can contribute too. Better “improvers” (note, I didn’t say “performers”) could instruct by leading by example – demonstrating process that leads to improvements. In fact, those who stagnate because of complacency in guaranteed repeated podium finishes set a poor example. And, let’s not forget, being good at something does not mean you can teach it well. If you can demonstrate good process (teaching by example) anyone can take advantage of your effort no matter where they might be in the population performance “bell curve”. And no matter where you might be in the curve.
Just do it…Podium finish not required!

And now, I’d like your (anonymous) opinion please?

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Dr Purnendu Nath spends his waking hours focusing on helping individuals and organizations reach their goals, to make the world a better place. He speaks, writes and advises on topics such as finance, investment management, discipline, education, self-improvement, exercise, nutrition, health and fitness, leadership and parenting.