Rock’s best front-men seem to share a unique quality. The air bellowing from the likes of Mick Jagger, Paul McCartney, Axl Rose, and Steven Tyler engulfs arenas with palpability that breathes life into words which bleed into vibrant and emotive verses. Sonic messages driven by perfectly-timed harmonies and inflections that cleverly punctuate poignant lyrics. These […]Read more "Before you sell your soul (to Rock & Roll)…."
We’ve all seen them for sale at track & field meets. Tie-dye shirts that scream “Track is Life”. Intending to mean that competitive success requires sacrifice and devoted attention to training, this simple statement also connotes that competition serves as a potent educator for the race of life. But what it teaches you depends on your vantage point. […]Read more "Competitive Advantage"
Miss a pass? Your ass is grass. Forget the play? After practice you’ll stay. Talk back to me? It’s your lunch we will see. Show up tardy? Perfect time for a punishment party! Who remembers reciting this sacred oath when becoming a card-carrying member of the coaching profession? Nope, me either. Yet we still find […]Read more "Who’s The Boss?"
Regardless of sport, all athletes should train for endurance. No, I have not forgotten to consider the physiological ramifications that result from cellular-signaling and the interference phenomenon. While certainly valid points, a counter-argument can be made that a lack of stamina leads to an increased sensitivity to interference. Interference that results from noise. Noise that […]Read more "Endurance"
So high we have the clearest of clarity. Clarity on what, I really don’t know….but all the cool kids are buzzing about the new dope: high performance training facilities. What? You don’t have the budgetary resources necessary to loft yourself above the competition? Then how can you guarantee victory to your athletes? Exhale, keep […]Read more "Let’s Get High……"
Turkey, stuffing, casseroles, and all things pumpkin. While incorrect, it’s easy to believe that these satiating symbols define a successful Thanksgiving. As most of us sit around the cornucopia of food that accompanies this holiday, homage will be paid to all of the obvious possessions and blessings we have in our life. However, being grateful […]Read more "Thanksgiving is for Losers"
I will not catch you. It’s not that I want you to falter, but letting go is the only way to make sure you learn how to support yourself. The Falling Start is a metaphor to life. While this is not a discussion on speed development, I often employ this exercise to help athletes understand […]Read more "If You Fall,"
Tanya always knew how to win a race with flair, sprinting hard enough off of the curve so she could begin the victory lap around the 360-meter mark. On October 21, 2016 Tanya Harris Fleming continued that victory lap as she ran her way into the UNC Asheville Athletics Hall of Fame as a result of […]Read more "The Convenience of Excellence"
There are two things that are certain: birth and death. Of these certainties, death reminds us that everything has an expiration date. Most often, expiration dates give us an opportunity to pace our consumption and/or approximate the shelf life of perishable goods. (Un)Fortunately, Father Time does not stamp us with an expiration date upon arrival, […]Read more "Expiration Dates and Giants"
I don’t hand out a rulebook. Rules, those pesky “do or do not” statements that authorize and initiate boundaries. Boundaries that delineate coach from athlete, and perhaps, athlete from ownership. Ownership over a developmental process that will eventually require autonomy. Autonomy resulting from the paint that outlines and barricades every coach’s box or sideline. That […]Read more "Rules of Engagement"