The “10,000 Hour Rule” is a common theme from Malcolm Gladwell’s book Outliers. While I haven’t read the book in over a year, the idea behind it has been on my mind lately. If you haven’t read Outliers (you should), the general idea is that to become truly great at something, you must spend 10,000 hours practicing that something. Gladwell goes on to use examples such as The Beatles, who put in their 10,000 hours playing Hamburg, Germany, and Bill Gates who spent countless hours programming on the high school computer (yes, “computer”, there was only one) at the age of 13.
This topic came up in conversation with Jason and Jeff last month in Texas. And even more recently, one of my Priority Health Champion teammates posted about the same thing. So, it got me to thinking. Where am I in this journey to 10,000 hours? Well, since mid-2008 when Jennie got me my Garmin 405, I’ve been logging all of my data in SportTracks. Prior to 2008, I would log my mileage only in either a notebook or on whatever marathon training plan I was following, but didn’t log any times.
The data is as follows: 145 hours in 2008 (from 7/7 to end of the year), 452 hours in 2009, 571 hours in 2010, 680 hours in 2011, and 225 hours so far in 2012. That brings me to a total of 2,073 hours. Not too bad. 20% of the way there. Assuming that I can maintain at least 500 hours per year going forward, I should be there in 16 years. 16 years from now puts me at 44 years old. If Crowie can win Kona at 38, maybe I can at 44??? haha.
Ok, so maybe the 10,000 hours thing isn’t an exact science. But the simply correlation between how much time you spend training for something and how successful you are is a pretty easy one to make. Regardless of when I hit 10,000 hours or how much my performance changes between now and then, rest assured, I will continue to put foot in front of the other (or arm in front of the other, or pedal in front of the other) as long as humanly possible.
So, where are you in your journey to 10,000 hours?