Sport isn’t math.
People often think about development in sports as something akin to a mathematical equation. Something along the lines of the following (though in different people’s mind the specifics might be slightly different):
- A = hours cross training
- B = private lessons
- C = getting the right equipment
- A+B+C= FENCING CHAMPION
But that’s not really the way that fencing works, or in fact the way that any sport works. What actually happens with sports is that the journey is very much individual in nature, and it’s not exactly a straight line for nearly anyone. Progress forward in sport can’t be seen as an overly analytical venture, it’s got to be viewed much more through the lens that an artist might see their work through. Could you look at a painting by Picasso and figure out its worth based on an equation?