Being Robotic To Optimize Human Output

How Mark Beaumont Cycled Around The World In Less Than 80 Days

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Seth Adler

Mark Beaumont notes in passing — early on in the conversation — that he had broken bones for most of the trip. But his focus in the interview — as it was then — was to accomplish the ultimate goal. And the ultimate goal was accomplished by achieving the daily goal every day. His focus was on cycling an average of 240 miles each day.

But the way he describes it, he was the robotic process automation: “Every second of the day is accounted for. My job is narrow. I'm just the guy on the bike. I just race. I don't have to think of anything else, my 9,000 calories of food, my sleep, the mechanical side on the bike, the route setting, all that's taken care of. I just turn the pedals.”

He thought "hour on hour what do I need to know? I need about five hours sleep minimum. To go around the world in 80 days, that's 75 days riding, three days flights, two days contingency. Break that down. 75 days. That's going to be 240 miles a day, so about 380 odd kilometers. You need to average about 25 kilometers an hour average, about 15-16 miles an hour. In a hour by hour, day by day metric, it's totally possible.”

He then worked with his team to ensure everyone had the tools they needed to have success...and allow him to be robotic about optimizing his human output.


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