Blog

In swim training there's a term called "garbage yardage" which refers to the swimmer physically putting in the time training but while doing so, being mentally out to lunch. You know, it's the old, "going through the motions" thing.

If you want to get more out of your training this year, then you need to train with a purpose. You need to train with a reason. If you have a reason for putting all this time in, sacrificing and physically suffering, then you will indeed get far more out of your training then if you just go through the...

Comments

On one of the first plays, in the first quarter of the very first game of the 2008 schedule, Patriot's QB Tom Brady took a hit that tore his ACL and abruptly put an end to his season. BANG! In the blink of an eye! OVER ! KAPUT! This is how it always happens. One moment you're fine and on top of the world, and the next, you're out for the season. Call it chance, bad luck, a tough break or whatever. The fact remains that on and off the playing fields LIFE HAPPENS to us and we can't do much of anything to stop it! Sometimes it can be surprising and totally wonderful. AND, at other times it...

Comments

I'm writing this letter because I'm too afraid to talk to you in person. I'm terrified that if I really tell you how I'm really feeling you will get mad at or be disappointed in me. When you do that I just want to crawl under a rock and disappear. I only want you to be proud of me. I only want you to love me the way that I love you. But I can't take this any longer. I have to tell you this now, even if you won't speak to me for the next three weeks the way you've done in the past when I've disappointed you.

So here goes: I hate (tennis; soccer; softball; gymnastics...

Comments
So what happens after you spend 4 or more years of your life pursuing that Olympic dream? You have done nothing but eat, sleep and think about that goal. You have organized your time and training so that you could do everything possible to increase your chances of success. You sacrificed, sweated profusely, managed massive frustrations, endured tremedous pain and deprived yourself of a normal life just so that you would be in a position to reach your dream.
 
That dream has been such an important part of your life for...
Comments

I had two athletes at these Beijing Games. They did not medal. They did not get any of the accolades reserved for the gold medal winners. In many regards their performances were anonymous. They were not asked for interviews after their events. These athletes were not alone. The vast majority of competitors at these Games came up "short" in that they didn't place in the top three. However, does the fact that they failed to medal make them any less Olympian than their medal winning competitors? Are they any less dedicated or commited than those select few who struck gold? Did they not work...

Comments

I was recently asked by a radio reporter what Michael Phelps must be thinking about in relation to his (now successful) quest to win an unprecendented 8 gold medals. The answer is very basic. There is NO WAY that an athlete that is that mentally tough will be wasting his mental energy and focus on these kinds of OUTCOME GOALS. You don't win gold medals by thinking about and focusing on them when it's time to compete. You don't break world records by consciously setting out to do that right before your performances. You don't hit homeruns by consciously trying to do that up at the plate. I...

Comments

Pages

Share This Page

Categories