To the Editor:
Re "To Surge Ahead, Some Training Tips From the Professionals" (Personal Best, Jan. 15): Two of the professional athletes quoted by Gina Kolata advocate quitting nonathletic pursuits -- one was in banking, the other in graduate school -- to conserve energy and structure training. This seems about as wise as encouraging 7th graders shooting hoops to forgo homework and focus on making it to the N.B.A.
Most serious athletes long for greatness, but only the tiniest fraction will make a living from their passion. The better advice is to be realistic: Hold on to your job and keep studying, no matter your athletic dreams.
This article originally appeared in The New York Times.