In our first few years, we worked hard to create numbers and metrics for managers of high performance teams. It has been an exciting and rewarding journey to see our analyses being used to support decision-making at the top levels of many Olympic programmes around the world. But to really make an impact and actually change how people train, plan and understand the sport, we knew we needed to step outside of only serving the big teams. Our data scientists and equestrian analysts spent over a year working to create numbers which are easy to explain, easy to use, easy to understand and, most importantly, valuable to people who want to start their journey.
The most important thing with any big, intangible goal like 'getting better' is making a start. You can start your journey with just one of the Simple Metrics or you can use all five straight away. Once you have that first number, you have a benchmark and the journey of improvement can begin.
The Simple Metrics can be used for a horse or for a rider. They can be used at a single level or across multiple levels. They can be used for just last season or they can go back further. Whatever you decide, keep it simple, because simplicity keeps it useful and powerful.
We understand. So many people feel very busy every day and never get around to making a plan. Taking time to think and define goals is not something a lot of people give themselves permission to do. We talk a lot about knowing how to train smarter. But if you have no number or benchmark to guide you, how do you know if you are improving? Have you anything to validate that the new coach, the new bit, the new training schedule, or the new nutrition programme is making a difference?
Start today with Simple Metrics and from tomorrow on, you will have a number to improve upon, a target to aim for, and clarity to guide you.
We have a Simple Metric for:
A lot of this depends on you. We could put it all into a nice package and charge money for it, but our goal is to make it accessible to every rider in the world. People who are serious about improvement will take the opportunity to get a marginal gain. Numbers aren't for everyone, we get that, but most of these can be done with just your results page and your phone. Soon, we hope to be able to bring them directly to members of the big federations. We have a series of articles about exactly how to calculate your Simple Metrics and what to do. You can find them here.