GAINcast Episode 270: Competition skills

Just like other parts of sport, competing is a skill that can be trained. On this week’s GAINcast we explore what makes up the skill of competing and how to best train it. In addition we discuss the winning difference, creativity, and more.

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Related resources

The following links were referenced in the podcast or provide some additional reading material on the topic:

  • The GAINcast is sponsored by GAIN. GAIN 2023 will take place from June 13 to 17 and registration is open.
  • We are also sponsored by HMMR Media. Join HMMR Media to get access to a vast library of online training resources, video, articles, podcasts, and more.
  • Competing has also been covered from different angles on GAINcast 195 (role of competition in development), GAINcast 122 (competition management), and GAINcast 145 (from training to competition).

Key quotes and topics

  • 0:00 – Introduction.
  • 1:30 – The skill of competing: “You never go into competition not to be at your best.”
  • 5:30 – Compounded learning effects: “Competition is the highest form of feedback.”
  • 8:00 – Competition simulation.
  • 10:00 – Relearning skill.
  • 11:30 – Hacks: “There aren’t hacks for to achieve expertise and technical competence.”
  • 12:45 – The winning difference: “Take time to define your winning difference. And then realize your winning difference that gets you here now may not be good enough to keep you here.”
  • 14:15 – Creativity: “Coaches need to say it as Rick Rubin says: I’m not a producer, I’m a reducer.”

Complete transcript

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