Giving your athletes guidance on every possible situation that they can run into is the Hydra’s Head. Whether it’s nutrition or performance, a couple things are going to happen:
- The athlete encounters a new situation for which he is not prepared. He commits spontaneous discorporation.
- The athlete brings to the coach a new situation. They haven’t been instructed in how to handle it. The coach breaks out in Vesti La Giubba.
The best we can do when encountering a new situation is guess with an end state in mind: try to get fitter. We re-test that attempt and either use it or throw it away based on it’s efficacy and efficiency.
Adiemantus: Good men need no orders, they will find out easily enough what legislation is in general necessary.
Socrates: They will if god enables them to preserve the laws we have already described.
Adiemantus: Otherwise they will spend their whole time making and correcting detailed regulations of the sort you’ve described, always expecting to achieve perfection. -Republic, Book IV