The Good Egg: A Story To Start The Week
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Well hello and GOOD MORNING all you Good Eggs! Last week, we talked A LOT about 1 percent… some would say much more than just 1 percent of the week ;)
Many of you responded with excitement, so I figured I would send one last story that really brought the concept to life for me.
Trivia Time: How many Olympic Gold Medals and Tour de France wins had Great Britain won from 1908 to 2003?
If you said “1” then you’d be correct.
The point is, Great Britain’s cycling reputation and history of success was quite poor for a very long time. In 2003, when Dave Brailsford took over the British National cycling program, everything changed.
Brailsford implemented a concept he called: “the aggregation of marginal gains.”
“The whole principle came from the idea that if you broke down everything you could think of that goes into riding a bike, and then improve it by 1 percent, you will get a significant increase when you put them all together.”
Brailsford soon got to work. This excerpt from Atomic Habits by James Clear…
“Brailsford and his coaches began by making small adjustments you might expect from a professional cycling team. They redesigned the bike seats to make them more comfortable and rubbed alcohol on the tires for a better grip. They asked riders to wear electrically heated overshorts to maintain ideal muscle temperature while riding and used biofeedback sensors to monitor how each athlete responded to a particular workout. The team tested various fabrics in a wind tunnel and had their outdoor riders switch to indoor racing suits, which proved to be lighter and more aerodynamic.
But they didn’t stop there. Brailsford and his team continued to find 1 percent improvements in overlooked and unexpected areas. They tested different types of massage gels to see which one led to the fastest muscle recovery. They hired a surgeon to teach each rider the best way to wash their hands to reduce the chances of catching a cold. They determined the type of pillow and mattress that led to the best night’s sleep for each rider. They even painted the inside of the team truck white, which helped them spot little bits of dust that would normally slip by unnoticed but could degrade the performance of the finely tuned bikes.”
SO WHAT HAPPENED?!
Well, over the next several years, Great Britain went on to win 60% of gold medals in 2008 Olympics, they set 7 world records in 2012, and they won 5 Tour de France’s in 6 years.
We may not all stand on the podium in Paris next to these cyclists, but applying the rule of 1 percent improvements every day could certainly help (and if you’re looking to read more into this story, check out: https://jamesclear.com/marginal-gains)
Have a 1 percent better day than yesterday, Good Eggs!
-The Good Egg 🐣