All of these are a sensitive to where you apply them over the story arc of your own personal "athletic" journey. For me, each of these made massive difference when I applied them. Several still do.
Thinking in this way (the bigger picture) makes it easier for me to note specific things. They aren't always game changers, but they have been and some still are.
- I came off the "Eat (carbs) To Win" craze an overtrained and undernourished mess. If I had eaten sensibly when I was younger, I'm sure I would have been faster.
a slow cooker
- I think I mentioned this in the other thread we had on this years ago. Knowing how to cook a few meals for myself that were nutritious and good was a huge boon as far as time and diet. For the family, it's essential unless you can reliably depend on others for all your food prep.
- technique is something everyone ALWAYS needs to work on. I've been lucky that I've always been more aware of this than most.
something is better than nothing
- as I've gotten older, this is imperative. I try to do something
every day. I define 'something' as something strength training or conditioning related (walking the dog or stretching in front of the tv usually won't count for me, unless it's something exceptional). Doesn't have to be much, just has to be something.