Last day of 2015, and all I can think is – 8 weeks to The Open
As a coach, I have my role to play and i never take it lightly
8 week programme is done. Time to hand it over to the athletes.
Have to be thoughtful around to how i deliver it, and then pay attention to how its received. The human piece.
I know where I see the athletes going over the next 8 weeks. The trajectory is set. Excited athletes adhere very well, so its important they know where they are going too.
Then its up to them.
Thats the really cool part. These plans, these programmes, they’re nothing until the athlete breathes life into them. The struggle, the adaptation, the big leap forward.
Its all too bloody exciting
Seems like everyone is busy.
“Things are mental at the moment, up to my tonsils. Sick of it all”
Yeah, yeah, whatever. Badge of honour..or an excuse..or a declaration of self-importance.
My good friend gave me a nice big lecture recently.
“You’re busy because you choose to be busy. Stop whining about it. You are lucky to…”
On it went.
Didn’t like hearing that one. He was right though. No more bitching.
I love my job, and busy is what I’m shooting for.
“up to my tonsils, it’s bleedin great”
Surfs for of the love of it, and for all of the good things that come with it. He explores different methods, looks for new challenges, enjoys the journey. Its a life-enhancing persuit.
Surfs to be beat the competition, to prove herself better than everyone else. To win.
There are plenty of Soul Surfers out there just as good as the Pro’s.
As we get better at CrossFit, competing often seems like the natural next step.
For some, it absolutely is. Killers.
On the other hand, not everyone is a killer, and the Soul Surfer life sounds pretty good to me.
CrossFit is not for everyone
I have spent years trying to convince everyone that it is.
But it’s not.
CrossFit is a tribe, and it’s populated with ordinary people who are engaged with their physical selves.
I have a body, what can I do with it?
I want to climb that rope
I want to be better
It’s not a tribe full of people who can climb a rope. It’s just that the prospect of it sounds very cool.
If that’s you, join the tribe.
But I won’t be able for it!
Shut up, yes you will.
There’s a job I have needed to do for a long time, and tomorrow it’s getting done.
I can hear my dad in my ear
I have been putting it off for so long, I have gotten to the point of parking every single element of it until I get around to tackling the whole job at once.
In hindsight…well hindsight is a wonderful thing
Lesson to future-self
There are times that you need to go all-out, to work at full-intensity. Don’t waste it on something you hate.
For the boring stuff, regular consistent effort at 50% pace is what gets the job done.
One and half days is what it took
Walking around on flat tyres, gut like a water balloon, brain full of stagnant water
Heart rate needs a kick, body needs to move, head needs clarity.
Climb a rope, lift a barbell. Regionals 2013. That’ll do it.
Warm up was endless and hateful
Skills got me going, tuned up
Felt ready for the workout. Turned out I was very wrong.
Done now though, back on it.
500m national record
15km of rope climbs
10’s of new faces to go with the old ones.
500,000kg of clean and jerk
800 Filthy athletes
43,000 of peoples Euros for down syndrome
365 days is a long time.
Relax, unwind, do something you love.
Have no guilt, its the time for it.