Is a saying in master cycling, and likely every masters sport. If fitness is a big part of the point, racing is great training (so race a lot) and on the other hand, racing also serves as a focus for your training.
But. Right now, I’m not racing or cycling much until I get this SVT thing figured out (I’m on a med now that might be do it).
Physical training is simple. For cycling, a technique “light” sport, training comes down to managing levels of effort (intervals and so on) and rest. Swimming, the sport I’m beginning to get interested in, is a technique “heavy” sport. Alongside the interval and rest side of the equation, technique of stroke is very important to your ability to go fast for sprint or distance. But all things told, physical training is straightforward. You plan workouts. Set goals. Periodically take “metrics” to measure progress locate weaknesses so as to structure future workouts and goals, and repeat.
What I’ve been thinking about lately is how to move that sort of relatively straightforward methodology to other arenas, like programming, maths, and other more purely intellectual pursuits. More on that as my experiments begin.