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The Athlete’s Clock is a sports physiology book that combines multiple scientific disciplines to examine the impact of time on sport’s performance. Through focusing primarily on running, cycling and swimming, Thomas W. Rowland sets out to point out that the physical effort over time in sport performance may not be fully under the conscious dictates of the athlete, but is much more largely under the control of the subconscious processes within their central nervous systems that decide such factors as speed, stride frequency, and stride length.
Early on in the book, we get a thorough discussion of the concept of time, establishing its importance from several viewpoints. Time is conventionally thought of as a mathematical construct. In this way it is viewed objectively, and can even be calculated with an accuracy of five parts per ten million according to some clocks.
There are other ways we view time that deviate from this concrete, objective construct of time. There is subjective time, in which time is dependent on the individual’s perception of time. It can appear to be moving more …
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