The Peak End Rule and How it Can Improve Triathlon Training


Why is it that in the middle of a race you’re thinking, “There’s no way I’m doing this again,” but a couple of weeks later, you’ve already signed up for another one? Do triathletes suffer from post-race amnesia? Probably not. Instead, it probably has to do with something known as the peak-end rule.

Psychological studies have shown that how a person remembers an experience may be just as important as the experience itself, and our emotions play a huge role in shaping memories. The peak-end rule is based on the idea that the most intense moments of an experience (the peaks), as well as the end of the experience (the end), have a significant impact on our perception of what happened.

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