There comes a certain part of the journey where you must throw caution to the wind and go for it. It’s the moment where analysis is paralizing. No longer is it time to keep weighing options. You must commit and go for it, get your ass handed to you, reflect, and repeat.
Outdoor Track has begun and I’ve cued my athletes to be aggressive and assertive. One woman in particular ate it hard. A huge positive split.
She put herself in a position to deal with her fear; that she isn’t strong enough to hold onto certain paces.
Other coaches may look at it and think that I cued her incorrectly, that she did poorly but, I disagree.
The next day she went out and ran a mark that qualifiers her for a big championship meet and she did that by not backing off or backing down.
Every one of my athletes who ran two events messed up in their first race. Chalk it to rust, nerves, poor cueing, etc. So, one would think I should back off and tell them to be conservative.
They all ran PR’s or collegiate bests in event 2.
It’s scary for some not to have firm plans except to go big or go home. How else do you challenge your limits? Our education system rewards those who toe the line and follow. When is the ideal time to be different? To stand out? Ok, so you lead the race and finished last…this time. While you were out there you ran 1/2 to 3/4s of the race at a pace that would could win a conference or a big championships or make you an All-American. Now, maybe you don’t do it this year but, you begin to condition the mind that this is my expectation…this effort, this pace is what I want you, the brain and body, to be able to withstand and I’m going to keep doing it till you, the brain and body, just do what I want.
Maybe a bit stubborn but…
How can this transcend into your job, your dreams, you relationships?
How do you venture out into the unknown; that uncharted territory?
I have ideas and theories but, I’m curious to what you think so please comment.